Time to Tailgate

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With our annual SDSU Skyshow Tailgate less than a month away, we wanted to share some cool ideas for hosting your own epic get together.

1. Invest in an EZ-Up Canopy.  We’ve been using the same one for about ten years.  You can buy different covers with your team’s logo.

EZ-Up Canopy
EZ-Up Canopy

2. Freeze your water bottles and place them in your cooler.  You’ll have cold water once it melts and the frozen bottles make excellent ice packs for your food.  If you’re feeling really creative, check out How Does She for creating custom water bottle koozies in your team colors.

Water Bottles

3. Decorate your space.  Pom pom garland, football bunting,  and personalized drink labels are some easy ways to dress up your party.

4. Menu.  The most important part of a successful tailgate is great food.  While hamburgers and hot dogs are always an easy go-to, our staple menu item for tailgates include chicken skewers marinated in Mr. Yoshida’s sauce, potato salad, tortilla chips with guacamole, and chocolate chip cookies.

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My dad has been cooking up these awesome chicken skewers for years.  They take some prep work, but it’s totally worth it!

  1. Cut up boneless chicken thighs into small bite-size pieces.
  2. Place the chicken on wooden skewers and drench them in Mr. Yoshida’s marinade sauce overnight.
  3. Place on the BBQ for about 5-7 minutes or until done.  Tip: the smaller the chicken pieces, the quicker they cook!

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  • 3-4 pounds of potatoes – Cook until just tender, cool, and then cube.
  • 5-6 hard boiled eggs coarsely chopped
  • 1/2  cup of chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or more as desired)
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve cold.

guacamole

My Dad is our guacamole master!  He combines ripe avocados, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, roasted garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  He doesn’t use exact measurements, but I’m going to watch closely when he makes it for our upcoming tailgate and share the recipe on a future post.

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  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine flour baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Tailgating is a time honored tradition where fans love to eat and drink just as much as they enjoy rooting for their team.  We want to hear about your tailgate traditions!  Please comment below with your recipes and decorating ideas and we will feature some of the best ideas on our website.

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