Tailgating Grill Buying Tips
Expert Advice

You’ve prepared for everything. You have decorations in your team’s colors, a TV hooked up to a generator to keep up with the game, ice-cold drinks, and delicious food. But, do you have the right grill to cook all the wonderful food you bought? An empty stomach would surely ruin the big game.

You don’t want to start the tailgate just to find out you have too much food for your grill, not enough heat to cook it, or improper cooking surfaces for your feast. So, here’s what to know before buying a tailgate grill.

Frequency of Use

Even in this era of the COVID-19 virus, winter is a great time to think about that next grill. After all, spring and summer are coming. And with the 2021 football season pending, you can be certain your grill will get more use than last year.

Since tailgate grills tend to go through heavier wear and tear, you might want to consider spending the extra money on a higher quality product. The reason is simple: it will last longer and provide you with a more bountiful tailgate.

Temperature Control Ability

The ability to control temperature is key. If you are using a charcoal grill, you’ll have to learn the art of controlling the cooking temperature with vents and lids. But on most gas grills, you should be able to control the burners. Either way, temperature control is a big deal when preparing your meats and veggies!

Surface Size and Number of Burners

Not all tailgating grills are made the same. When considering how large of a cooking surface you need, there are two things to think about: how many people you are cooking for at the big game and what kind of food are you cooking. Two burners might be needed for two cooking temperatures. Do you have enough surface area to cook meat for everyone? Do you need different temperatures? Questions like this are what you must ask yourself.

Charcoal, Gas, or Electric

There are pros and cons to each method, so it really is a matter of personal preference. If you have a generator, an electric grill might be the better choice, as it is lightweight and easily packed into a car; however, you need to plug it into an electrical outlet. On the other hand, many people prefer charcoal grills, especially for the camaraderie and socializing while the coals get hot. But let’s be practical—disposing of hot coals in a tailgating parking lot can be problematic. Gas could be the best of both worlds, but they can be cumbersome and, at times, less than portable.

No matter what your grilling preferences are, there’s bound to be a tailgating grill out there for you. Just a few tips on what to know before buying a tailgate grill can save game day! So, don’t get left in the rain. Pick the grill that is right for you. Happy grilling and happy tailgating!

Tailgater Magazine