Fall is officially here…even though the weather here is Savannah must be on a different calendar! It was 96* Saturday at the back of the pit. With the arrival of fall, football season is heating up and that means it is time for the tailgaters to get started grilling in the parking lots!
The General had no idea how large an activity this is until we were contacted by Rachelle representing the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. We even found out there is a self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating who has been traveling the country for the past 11 years going from parking lot venue to parking lot venue. There is a wealth of information available on the HPBA website. Click on the Tailgate 2006 icon. You will find recipes, how-to’s and even the schedule of the Commish.
Seems Michael, a friend of our son Ben, took some of our brisket to a recent Notre Dame tailgating party. The brisket was gone in minutes! When asked where he got it, Mike said he had a ‘secret source in the South.’ Maybe some day The General will be famous!
HPBA conducted a survey about tailgating and here are some of their highlights:
Neighborhood Rally – Americans revealed the real appeal to tailgating is the feeling of a neighborhood party, a time to see old friends and make new friends (49 percent).
Forget the Parking Spot and Get Grilling – Nearly half (45 percent) of respondents said that the number one reason a host must get to the game early is to fire up the grill. In fact, fans say having plenty of time to enjoy the food before the big game is more important than having a great parking spot for the party (45 percent compared to 34 percent respectively).
Invite Yourself – Americans admitted that they would crash a complete stranger’s tailgate party solely to eat great grilled food (28 percent).
Single in the Tailgate Lot – More than one adult out of five say they would crash a tailgate party purely to meet people of the opposite sex (21 percent).
Strangers Among Us – Men are more likely than women to invite themselves to a stranger’s tailgate (27 percent compared to 20 percent respectively).
Don’t Leave Home Without It – Tailgaters say forgetting the food or grill are the two biggest blunders a tailgate host can make. Bringing the grill but forgetting the food (28 percent) was the number one faux pas, followed by forgetting to bring the grill (21 percent).
Grilling Men vs. Snacking Women – Men are more likely than women to choose a grill as a tailgating necessity (20 percent versus 13 percent), whereas women choose snacks as a more important necessity (14 percent).
Bring on the Beef – Americans 65 years of age or older listed hamburgers, hot dogs and chili at the top of their tailgating must-have lists (35 percent); whereas tailgaters 18 – 24 agreed that the grill is as equally important as bringing hamburgers, hot dogs and chili (26 percent, 26