Tailgate Menu 2013

It is getting close to that time of the year again. Our good friend GreatAppSt has issued his official Tailgater’s Warning which marks the middle of his yearly countdown. What does that mean here? It means it is time to release our menu for the upcoming football season. Some may ask why this is important, to know what food you will be eating on Saturday’s in the coming months? For some, they may have an allergy or a preference not to eat a certain food, and it allows them plenty of time to plan ahead. Another reason to release a menu is that it makes us feel like the long summer is coming ever closer to an end, which brings us to our favorite time of the year.

For our most loyal of supporters, they are very familiar with how our system works. Tailgaters have either paid their “dues” up front at Fan Fest or at the first game for the entire season, or for those who prefer a game by game donation, we are also very flexible in that matter. Although the up front, full donation is always appreciated, and allows for better planning throughout the season, we understand that not everyone can shell it out all at once. Even though inflation has gone up through the years, the dues have never changed. For six full home tailgates a $50 donation per person, $100 per couple, covers everything from plates and napkins to propane and meat. There is not a better deal anywhere else. Enough chit-chat, let’s get down to the business of the menu.

The first home game brings North Carolina A&T, a 6pm kickoff, which is perfect for our most labor intensive meal of the season. Our double beer battered chicken strips are perfectly crisp and we’ll provide ten different dipping sauces ranging from traditional honey mustard and ranch to our homemade barbecue and buffalo sauces

The second home game is against Charleston Southern on September 28th. The Buccaneers will be dominated by our High Country Boil, which is kin to the typical low country or cajun boils, with a touch of the Appalachian Mountains. You will find your typical ingredients of red potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage and shrimp. If you want to know the secret mountain ingredient, you will have to show up!!

Samford brings Homecoming (Oct 12th), which has been our traditional Thanksgiving feast for several years now. A turkey will be deep fried and another turkey will be smoked to a creole perfection while the sides dishes will resemble the fare you are familiar with on the last Thursday of November.

Black Saturday brings the Georgia Southern Eagles, our most hated rival. For the biggest home game of the season, we will prepare what we do best. We’ll put our baby back ribs up against anyone in the parking lot. Low and slow is the key to our super smoked ribs with a perfect Lexington-style sauce that drenches your palette.

The fifth home game of the season brings on the Chattanooga Mocs. Warm up on a late fall afternoon with our Choo Choo Chili, appropriately named for what we prepared each  national championship tailgate in Chattanooga. It is your typical bean and meat chili but with the perfect level of spice that you can dress up with your favorite toppings.

The final home game of the season, and as an FCS school, will be against our neighbors in the southern North Carolina mountains. In what could the last Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, we will go with one of our favorite dishes. Nothing says western north carolina like our slow smoked pork shoulders. Often call the boston butt, our chopped barbecue sandwiches simply cannot be beat with our eastern-style sauce.

Tailgate Menu 2012

Sat, Aug 18 Fan Fest
Burgers & Hot Dogs

Sat, Sep 8 Montana

Sat, Sep 15 The Citadel
Baby Back Ribs

Sat, Sep 29 Coastal Carolina
Fried Chicken

Sat, Oct 6 Elon (Homecoming) *
Traditional Thanksgiving – Fried & Smoked Turkey and fixins

Sat, Oct 20 Wofford
Pork Butt

Sat, Nov 10 Furman (Black Saturday)

Some of you may wonder, why is the Montana game undecided upon?? Well, a good majority of us will have to miss that game, so it will be up to remaining members to work something out. Talk among yourselves, and work out something that is good for all.

Secondly, we might, switch the Coastal Carolina game and Citadel game around. In the past, the Coastal game would match up for being the night game, usually starting at 6pm. However, we have also had The Citadel as a night opponent as well. It always makes more sense to do Ribs for the night game to allow for cook time, so we will keep an eye out for the kickoff times to be released later this summer.

By now, everyone knows the drill. We have plenty of funds left over from last year to give us a good start on buying supplies for this season. We have done the $50 for singles, $100 for couples for a couple of years now, and luckily we have been able to stay ahead of inflation. Also, donating on a game by game basis works just as well.

Last season was monmumental, winning the Tailgate of the Year award, and becoming the first tailgate to win the award twice. Can we win it again? Sure, we have the goods to do it. However, it is not very likely to repeat. Still, that should not stop us from being the best we can be on a weekly basis, which we all know, is better than anyone else has to offer.