11 Food Hacks for the Best Tailgate Ever

A handy guide to for first-time tailgaters or seasoned pros

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

These simple tricks could totally save your tailgate.

Tailgating is the perfect blend of fanatical sports pride, savory foods that you can’t believe were cooked in the back of a truck, and plenty of delicious beer (and stronger stuff). You’re entertaining while being entertained, which is part of the reason that nothing compares to spending game day at a tailgate. But pulling off the perfect tailgate takes finesse and know-how, something seasoned tailgaters are well aware of.

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Even the most avid tailgaters are guilty of making this simple “newbie” mistake: they always forget something. Despite the tailgating checklists and the mountain of things loaded into the car, you’re likely to forget to pack something. And there are other common tailgate travails from food going cold too soon to a precious beer bottle being dropped. But don’t panic, we’ve pulled together some great hacks that will have you covered for every disaster ranging from squished chips to a buggy tailgate site.

All you need is a little ingenuity and a bit of inspiration. Your tailgate trash will become highly valued treasure after your read these hacks that will improve your game day.

Use Mason Jars

mason jars

Don’t want your chips to get squished on game day? Bust out those all-purpose mason jars and stack chips in there. They’ll hold up throughout your tailgating journey and serve as personal chip packs for everyone.

Use a Tool Box to Pack


Toolboxes are perfectly compartmentalized for all of your tailgating gear. Everything from extra grill tongs to cutlery can be stored safely and in a more organized way so you can grab your tool when you need it. 

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