For San Diego RV Resort’s resident Chargers fans, tailgating has never been easier thanks to the resort’s direct access to the San Diego Trolley.
Part of a rising trend called “homegating,” these individuals are able to skip the hassle and expense of taking their RVs to Qualcomm Stadium, instead hosting their pre-game bash at the resort before taking the San Diego trolley to the game. Even those without tickets to the game can get in on the homegating action, setting up a TV outside of their RV for a game viewing party!
“The homegating trend gives football fans the best of both worlds. Fans can fire up their grill and cheer on their favorite team without even having to leave their home,” said Audrey Caldwell, director of communications for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). “Homegating also opens up endless options for grill owners as they’re no longer confined to stadium or venue tailgating restrictions and they don’t have to choose which grilling accessories to bring along and which to leave at home.”
To get your homegating bash started out on the right foot, Audrey and the rest of the HPBA team has developed the following tips:
1. Draft a strong safety: You can’t win without a solid defense. Tackle common grilling errors and avoid a homegating penalty by brushing up on your barbecuing safety tips in your pre-game warmup.
2. Equipment check: Don’t drop the ball on making sure your equipment is working properly before the party kicks off. Fuel up with charcoal, wood chips or a propane tank and brushing up on the safety guidelines for your grill.
3. Pre-game prep: Prep and marinate meat before the crowd arrives. Mix dips, cut up fruit and chop veggies so everything is grill-ready for game time.
4. Go the extra yard: Score big by offering to bring an extra grill to the party. There are plenty of easy portable options like a tailgate grill that attaches to a trailer hitch, a portable grill with a push-button igniter, or a small smoker. You can even make pizzas on-the-go with an oven tailgater.
5. Be a team player: Smoked or grilled meat may be the MVP at your homegate party, but to really win big, grill up sides, desserts or veggie kabobs using a grill stone to keep sauces and marinades from slipping through the grates, or use a pizza oven to whip up a few pies for an appetizer that everyone will love.
6. Rally the team: Before the pros kick-off, rally your teammates for some backyard competition. Toss around a football or play a game of Cornhole – just make sure all activates take place a safe distance away from the grilling area.
7. Complete the two-point conversion: Score the extra point for your party with the ultimate homegating patio accessories. Fire up the patio heater to keep your guests around post-game, or huddle around a fire pit to celebrate a big win with a cold beverage from your bar caddy.
8. Trade in your quarterback: Just as every team relies on its quarterback, every homegate needs a solid grill. Consider upgrading to a new model or adding a new flame to the team with a smoker or charcoal grill.