Tailgating 101 & Pulled Pork RecipeOctober 11, 2013
Are you ready for some football?! Well you better be. As the NFL season is heading into week 6, tailgating is in full swing. Fans are perfecting their chili recipes, breaking in their grills, all while rocking their lucky jersey. There’s an art to tailgating – from timing the food, to the setup. From keeping food hot, but your beer ice cold. There’s a lot to think about and we’re here to help – from the planning to the ultimate dude foods.
We’ve created some simple steps for successful tailgating.
1.) Be prepared. Make a shopping list and prepare as much as you can in advance. Plan for one cooler for food and one for drinks. We’ve created a sample shopping list with some of our favorite ready-to-go game day foods.
This is a great starting point for any successful tailgating menu. However, there are other game day foods that can be prepared in advance and truly wow any hardcore fan. This plays into our next step:
2.) Fuel up. You’re in it for the long haul. Sometimes tailgating can last from morning to night, so don’t drop the ball and have your group go hungry before the final whistle. Choose some items that are hardy and will fill you up. Here’s a delicious and simple pulled pork recipe that will do the trick!
Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
• 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
• 2 tsp. hot paprika
• 1 tsp. mustard powder
• 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
• Salt and pepper
• 1 – 3 to 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
• 2 tsp. vegetable oil
• 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
• 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
• 6 potato buns
• Barbecue sauce – we like Big Moe’s BBQ sauce
• Meat House coleslaw
1. Combine 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, the paprika, mustard powder, cumin, 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture all over the pork.
2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet; add pork and cook, turning until browned on all sides, for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the pork and transfer to a plate; whisk 3/4 cup water into the drippings in the skillet. Transfer the liquid to a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.
4. Add vinegar, tomato paste, the remaining 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and 2 cups water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low, for 8 hours.
5. Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.
6. Roughly chop the pork and mix in a bowl with 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid, and salt and vinegar to taste.
7. Let pork cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Reheat on grill in shallow aluminum pan or pot, just until warm. Serve on buns with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.
3. Think comfort & have fun. Comfortable chairs and cushions are a must. Who wants to enjoy their pulled pork sandwich sitting on the cold tailgate of a truck? Bring either your favorite lawn chair or blankets that can be used inside and outside of the stadium for extra cushion (and warmth if needed!)
Lastly and most importantly, enjoy! Turn your hat inside out, keep your fingers crossed the whole second half and don’t shave until your teams winning streak is over – whatever you need to do (it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work, right?) Just don’t forget your game plan; be prepared, stay full, be comfortable and have fun. Happy tailgating!