How to Throw a Great Tailgate Party

Grilling on a portable grill at a tailgate part

Football season is in full swing across the country, and that means thousands of fans are spending their Friday nights, Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoons tailgating at their favorite football venues. Whether your team wins or loses, you can guarantee a good time by having the right supplies for a great tailgate party before, during, or after the game. From grills to coolers to tasty football season recipes, here are some essential items you need to make this season’s tailgate great.

Tailgating Supplies

Weber Q grill at tailgate

A great tailgate starts with the right supplies. Essential gear for your tailgate party starts here (face paint and team jerseys not included!)

Tailgating Grills

The key to cooking up food for everyone at your tailgate party is having a powerful, portable tailgating grill. The grill needs to be easy to set up and use, but also be able to cook a variety of food – from chicken to burgers to hot dogs and brats. has a great selection of grills and accessories you'll need to keep everyone satisfied. A few of our favorites include:

Weber Q grill

Weber Q Grills

Q series grills are made with the same legendary Weber quality as their full-size models, but in a portable, convenient package that can go anywhere. There are multiple sizes (and colors to match your favorite team!) of Weber Q grills and you can find great accessories - like portable, folding carts and side tables - that give you the best grilling experience in the stadium.

FireDisc Grill

FireDisc Grills

FireDisc gas grills are some of the coolest grills we've seen. Using a stainless steel bowl for the grilling surface, you can cook food any way you want: barbeque, bake, blacken broil, deep fry, grill, and more. The grills use an LP gas source and are extremely portable and easy to use. It's a great option, as long as you don't mind being the most popular person at the tailgate!

Traeger PTG

Traeger PTG Plus Portable Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger offers a unique grilling experience thanks to their wood pellet-burning design, and you can get that same smoky flavor in a portable grill at your next tailgate too. The PTG grill plugs into a standard 110V outlet and allows you to smoke, grill, braise, and more using wood pellets as fuel.

More Tailgating Supplies

Crock Pot

Crock pot

Crock pots are one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment you can own. Having one at a tailgate is a necessity so you can keep your dips, cocktail weenies, and other side dishes warm as you man the grill.



You've already got your grill to keep food hot, but you need to keep your favorite beverages cold too. The size of the cooler you need will depend on how many people you'll have at your tailgate, as well as how often you'll put the cooler to use throughout the year. If you're looking for a Yeti cooler for your tailgate, give your local, independently-owned Do it Best store a call and see if they're an authorized Yeti dealer.

Portable canopy

Portable canopy

A canopy is key to a great tailgate because it can help keep folks cool in warm weather and also protects from the elements in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

Folding table

Folding table & chairs

A folding table gives you space to set all the tasty creations you whip up for your tailgate and folding chairs give you portable seating that you need as well.

Milwaukee jobsite radio

Jobsite radio

Parties are better with good music, so having a portable speaker nearby and flowing with the right tunes is a must. If it has AM/FM capabilities, you can also tune into the radio broadcast of the game once it gets underway.

Tailgating Recipes

Bacon wrapped meatballs

You can have all the right gear, but your tailgate is only as good as the food you end up cooking on it. We've compiled some of the best and most creative recipes we could find on Pinterest and put them all in one place. Take a look and try a couple this weekend! Tailgating Recipes

Tailgating is one of the best fall rituals and now's the perfect time to get all your tailgating supplies for the rest of the season. Shop or stop by your local Do it Best store to get what you need!