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How to Tailgate: A Community Post

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A confession: I don't go to a lot of NFL games. There are a few reasons for this. One, they're rather expensive. Two, I spent the last four NFL seasons in Philadelphia surrounded by Eagles fans. (For the record, I tailgated once in Philadelphia. It was 20 degrees and raining. The Eagles beat the Bills 17-9 to finish 8-8 on the season, yippee.) Three, I feel like I have a better idea of what is going on when I watch the game on TV and love the ability to rewind to watch plays more than once.

However, if there is one reason I wish that I went to more games....it is tailgating. Tailgating is the best. There's good food (usually centered around quality meat, cheese and a hot grill), good drinks, fun games, you're surrounded by happy Chargers fans and you're essentially having a gigantic party outside that ends with a football game. Also, there's about a 20% chance that you get to meet Annie and get your face on camera. Could you imagine anything better?

Over the course of the next few weeks, I'm going to be putting up some of the best recipes for tailgating grub, drinks (it can't be beer all the time....or can it?), and tips on games to play, grills to buy, where to park and so forth. I know I probably don't have to encourage you, but your input would be greatly appreciated. First, let's start off with a favorite of mine. The 2008 Iron Tailgater winning recipe:

The recipe below has been copied from SDChargersTailgating.com

Kristian's Buffalo Burgers

(Serves ... depends on how much beef you use)

Form into small patties. Grill. Brown buns (Hawaiian Sweet Rolls). Place patties on buns, add blue cheese dressing to burgers. Serve with celery and a dash of blue cheese dressing on the side.


Ingredients:
- ground beef
- buffalo wing sauce
- blue cheese crumbles
- salt
- pepper

Directions:

Form into small patties. Grill. Brown buns (Hawaiian Sweet Rolls). Place patties on buns, add blue cheese dressing to burgers. Serve with celery and a dash of blue cheese dressing on the side.

Doesn't that sound delicious? After this recipe won in 2008, I made these burgers at home. They were fantastic (although the lack of direction in terms of how much of each thing means you have to play with them a little bit), and I always remember to throw them together every few months again. Having these during a tailgate would be tremendous, although I'd recommend keeping some water nearby to cool down your mouth.

Now, onto the second point of business....Marisa Miller:

So, send in your recipes, games, tips, ideas or whatever else you think the Chargers tailgating community would appreciate. You can put them in the comments below or e-mail them to me here. If they're good enough to be included in one of the following Captain Morgan's-sponsored posts, you might just get to meet Marisa Miller. I said might. I still need to run it past her as an idea later on tonight over a romantic candlelight dinner at an expensive French restaurant.