Maryland Tailgating IdeasMaryland Tailgating Done Right

We love to tailgate. It’s what we look forward to every NFL season and we do it for just about every Naval Academy sport we can. So what’s our secret? Preparation. Just like great smoked BBQ, Maryland Tailgating is an art. We take it seriously but when we get there, we just want to have fun. Whether at M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards or Annapolis’ own Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, here are some tips on how to make sure your next tailgating experience is epic.

Step Up Your Koozie Game

Collapsible foam can koozies are child’s play. We have entered the age of technology where no beer shall ever go cold again, nor should it. Enter in the Colster. Trademarked and created by Yeti, these steel beauties can keep your beer cold to the last drop. With double-wall vacuum insulation, it also can help with hot drinks in the colder seasons (because we tailgate no matter what). This isn’t the only option, though. Consider the BottleKeeper which not only keeps your bottled beer cold but is padded for impact. That is right, it’s a protective case for your beer. Genius.

Games to Keep You Going

Tailgating is about anticipation – celebrating friends and your favorite team. To get the perfect spot, that means getting there early and that is perfectly fine. More time to hang with your friends and family. There are also great ways to get jazzed up with your fellow tailgaters before the game begins. A classic Maryland tailgating favorite is Corn Hole. Everyone from Grandma to you little niece knows how to play. If you don’t, it isn’t hard to learn. Other good options are Giant Jenga and Ladder Ball. Trying to keep it simple and less work? Card games are the way to go – we recommend Cards Against Humanity but if you have little ones around Apples to Apples.

Maryland Tailgating Toolbox

This is the pros, so, of course you should have a kit ready for whenever a friend calls for a tailgate. These on-the-go essentials are put in an actual toolbox. Things you need to have:

  • spatula
  • bottle openers
  • tongs
  • condiments (small)
  • spices
  • can opener
  • toothpicks
  • wooden skewers
  • basting brush
  • mini flashlight
  • trash bags
  • paper towels
  • wet wipes
  • plastic utensils
  • hand sanitizer
  • sunscreen
  • poncho
  • plastic zip bags
  • Sharpie
  • Masking tape
  • band aids
  • lighter fluid

Now don’t forget the chairs, food, ice, beverages, and music. We could go on but this should get you started to grow from notice to major-leagues.

You Make the Fun, We Make the Food

If you rather bring the fun and leave the cooking to us, that is smart too. Sometimes grilling out isn’t easy with all the stuff you need to bring. Let Chad’s do the cooking for your next parking lot celebration. Our BBQ is legendary and sure to please even the most distinguishing BBQ lover in your group. We believe the best part about tailgating is enjoying great food and drinks in addition to the camaraderie. Contact us today to learn more about game time catering. We can guarantee your Maryland tailgating done right.