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Grilling Tailgating Tips



Tailgating is just as important as the game itself, Traeger makes tailgating easy and wood-fired smoke infuses game day food with delicious layers of flavor, your food will be the best tasting BBQ of the lot. Our grills have a large cooking capacity while still being portable. Traeger grills heat up fast and cool down quick so when you have to head out, your grill is ready to go.

Here are some tips to make your Traeger tailgating event epic:

Always Be Prepared

Don’t let the game sneak up on you, plan your menu during the week, prep your meats the night before, and load your gear bright and early on game day. Here are some tips for tailgate prep:

1. Form burger patties the night before so you don’t have to handle the meat without a sink and antibacterial soap.

2. Marinate or brine meat the night before.

3. Serve chili in bread bowls to save on garbage.

4. Make portable jello shots in team colors.

Tailgating Essentials

Most importantly for the tailgate event is your Traeger grill and power inverter. Whether you have a Tailgater grill or a new Pro grill, strap that wood-fired oven into the back of your truck or trunk and don’t leave home without it. You’ll also need:

  • Meat and side dish ingredients
  • Condiments
  • Spices & Sauces
  • Cooler With Beverages
  • Utensils
  • Tongs
  • Spatulas
  • Pellets
  • Garbage Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Paper towels
  • Canopy tent
  • A pigskin
  • A slew of friends

Come Early and Stay Late

Gain home field advantage by getting to the game 3 to 4 hours early so you can pop up your Traeger canopy, get your Traeger smoking, and set the ambiance for the parking lot tailgate party. Let your wood-fired aromas waft through the air, flavorful Traeger smoke will turn more heads than a kickoff return for a touchdown. It will bring your fellow fans and rivals meandering over to your tailgate to see what’s cookin'. So get acquainted with the neighbors, you’re about to be the King of the Parking Lot. Even though your smoker and food will bring the crowds, you can never go wrong with a tailgating game. Set up a travel size beer pong table to get the party started.

Quick Clean Up

When your food is off the grill and the fans are fed, shut down your Traeger and let it cool off, it takes just 10 minutes or less. Pack it up and head into the big game, with Traeger there’s no distinguishing ashes or babysitting coals. After screaming your lungs out at the game, don’t penalize your friends by packing it in, maintain your parking lot status by firing up some snacks so your team can hang tight until traffic dies down. No need to rush, take that big win and keep on enjoying.

Gear Up to Traeger Tailgate

The Tailgatergrill has folding legs so you can set it on the ground, a table, or the bed of a truck. It weighs just 62 pounds so it’s easy to pop it in your trunk and go. It’s big enough to feed a crowd and cook 3 racks of ribs at once.

The Junior Elite 20 grill has handles on both sides, it’s small enough to easily lift into your truck. The Junior Tailgater Kit converts it into a tailgater grill making it even easier to transport. It can feed about 20 people and cook 12 burgers all at once.

The PTG + grill is a tabletop grill and was built to be taken on the road with you. It features a locking lid, a handle, and can cook 16 brats at the same time. It will feed your crew and your rivals.

The Bronson grill is taller than the Junior, has our new wide stance Pro Series legs, and a 10-pound hopper. It will cook 6 burgers, 6 hot dogs, and a rack of ribs all at once. So invite your friends, this wood-fired grill is brawny.

With Traeger, you can cook over a wood fire without wielding an ax and timbering a tree. Go big by Traegering in the parking lot or go home and Traeger there too.

Post your epic tailgating events at tag #TraegerTailgate all season long.

Happy Tailgating!