The best time of the year is finally here: football season! Time to bust out your home team’s jersey and fire up the grill for another year of football frenzy.

Round up your crew and a few good brews to get the party started. As the home-field host, it’ll take spot-on planning and a ton of necessities to perfect your party. So as you get ready for a great season of winning, make sure you check these essentials off your tailgating list.

Must Haves:

  • Grilling utensils
  • Grill / burners
  • Propane / charcoal
  • Matches or lighter
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Paper towels & napkins
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic plates, cups & utensils
  • Chairs, folding table
  • Bottle opener and/or wine corkscrew
  • Sunscreen & bug spray

Food & Beverages

  • Meats to grill (steak, chicken, turkey breast, hamburger, hot dogs, sausage)
  • Deli Meat (ham, turkey, roast beef)
  • Chips
  • Veggies & dip
  • Beer
  • Soda
  • Water


  • Hot dog / hamburger buns
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Sweet & hot peppers
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • Hamburger toppings (lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles)