Ask the Hosts: What’s In your Tailgating Kit?

By on October 15, 2015
Tailgating Recipes

Fired Up Food TV Host Damon Holter shares the secrets of his go to tailgating kit.

Fired Up Food: What’s in your tailgating kit?

Damon Holter: What’s in my Tailgating Toolkit you ask?  Let me enlighten you as to a few often-overlooked essentials that are not only helpful to have, but make the tailgating experience a breeze, allowing you to focus on the food, the field and the feeling of camaraderie that brings you to the park in the first place.  It’s hard to overlook packing the grill or cooler full of treats, but in addition to the basics, taking a minute to pack these items will ensure a great tailgating experience for the whole crew.

  1.  A great knife sharpener.  Keeping knives sharp so they do the intended job is important.  A dull knife can make cutting foods and preparing dishes a bit of a chore, especially when you’re out in the elements trying to prepare snacks from the back of a vehicle.  A good knife sharpener such as a stone or honing steel can make the job so much easier in only a few minutes.  With a dull knife, you tend to press harder to cut your foods, leading to slippage, rough chopping and the propensity to cut yourself.  Keeping a knife sharpener in your tailgating arsenal can not only prevent nicks on your fingers, but simply makes the cooking process a whole lot easier.
  1.  Heavy duty aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil is such a common item that doesn’t get full credit for its versatility.  Especially when tailgating and wanting to keep the load lighter, aluminum foil can take the place of other kitchen essentials and makes clean-up a breeze.  A good heavy-duty roll of aluminum foil can accomplish tasks such as wrapping leftovers for later, making foil pouches for steaming vegetables on the grill, lining a table or cutting board for easy clean-up, balling up a wad of foil to clean your grill grates, creating disposable vessels to hold condiments and so much more.
  1.  Staple seasonings.  Great seasoning is the hallmark of properly prepared foods.  Whether it’s brats, burgers, wings or veggies, food is such an integral part of the tailgating experience that the party can come to dull grind with bland grill fare.  No matter what’s on the menu, your food can be made amazing outdoors with:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • granulated garlic
  • granulated onion

These four seasoning elements can be the foundation for properly seasoning just about anything and they can be combined in whatever ratios suit your taste buds… just don’t leave home without them!

Damon recommends adding his BBQ Bacon Nachos and Buffalo Chicken Burger recipes to your tailgating arsenal.


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