Tailgating Tips

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Tailgating is a crucial component of true American culture. Spring is upon us, which means that there are going to be baseball games. There is no better way to party at a baseball game than tailgating. So, if you are planning your next big tailgating adventure, then make sure that you are ready for cooking outdoors by following these tips:

Check the Weather

good weather tailgating

Any seasoned tailgater knows the importance of checking the weather conditions before setting up the tent for tailgating. Different weather conditions call out for different measures. For instance, if the weather is windy, then make sure that the tent is weighted adequately to prevent damage caused by blown tents. In rainy conditions, the canopy ought to be completely waterproof. You may also look for canopy accessories, such as side panels. If the sun is scorching, then make sure that the tent canopies are resistant to ultraviolet rays. If there are chances of lightning, then it is best that the poles are not metallic.

Things You Should Bring Tailgating

tailgating tool kit

In order to make sure that your game day food is best, you need to ascertain that you pack all the essential things. Firstly, verify that you have packed all the tailgating utensils. You should have a tailgating toolbox prepared that contains everything from bottle/can openers to toothpicks to tongs to hand sanitizers and plastic bags, as well as spare batteries.  Additionally, do not forget to take bug spray along. Packing umbrellas is also a smart move if there are chances of inclement weather. On the other hand, if the weather is sunny, then keep sunscreens.

Find a Good Spot to Set-Up

Tailgating Setup

Where the tailgating grill should be set up to make the most of your trip? Finding a good spot is the essence of a tailgating party. A parking lot adjacent to a grassy lawn is ideal. It will help the rest of the party members spread about. If there are trees in the vicinity, then the members can find shade beneath it on a hot day.

Share Your Goodies

Share while you're tailgating

One surefire way to enjoy tailgating at the next gaming season is to be a good neighbor. Share your goodies with the others and the others will return the favor. Do not play the music very loudly specially if there are other tailgaters too. You can either play the songs on a single stereo or take turns. Not only will you be able to have more fun, you will also realize that the others have a stake in it too. Who knows, maybe you get to become good friends with your tailgater neighbors, and next time you can plan a trip together. After all, the more the merrier!

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41 thoughts on “Tailgating Tips

  1. Jason Orth says:

    Hi!! Just got my 36″ griddle and love it. When I got it, one of the two silver rivets holding the locking mechanism for the legs had come off. After the first time I folded the legs, the other silver rivet came off. Do you have any suggestions for how I can re-attach the locking mechanism? What size screw can I use to re-attach it? Thanks

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      Jason,
      I am sorry to hear those rivets broke. They are 1/8″ rivets so if you are looking to replace that we recommend a slightly larger self tapping metal screw. The rivets allow a little more flexibility but either work great.

  2. roger hudson says:

    I just bought my 36″ griddle. Sooo…. nice! Assembly was very easy and the unit is very sturdy. I am a metal worker by profession and I am impressed. I haven’t even fired it up and just love it. I think your upcoming 48″er will be a big hit. I would have bought it if it had been available, Upon reading people’s comments, I read about the basting cover and just bought two of them. I can see great meals coming off of this griddle. Can the burner assembly be easily converted to natural gas?

  3. Keith L Merritt says:

    Well Venessa, I wish I’d read these reviews/Q&A session before I made my alteration to my grease trough on my brand new, only used three times total, 28″ griddle.
    I get aggravated easily as I’m old school and thought I bought a griddle top made on Friday. I thought, my luck, the weld spot at the end of the trough made it by QC and after not caring how scraps would go flying instead of being pushed into the drip pan, I got out my trusty angle grinder and got rid of that little bugger. Now, when I scrape the griddle and pull things to the trough they don’t flick but slide right in the drip pan now. I will try a paper clip to better guide the grease that runs down the trough and make sure I have the tip inside the pan and below the highest point of said pan.
    By the way, I’ve a fondness for beer can chicken and though I used a beer can pan and sat a corn pot over the chicken it took 2 hours to grill the chicken whereas a closed gas grill would only have taken an hour to an hour and a half. My question is, do you have now or a consideration of a removable raised top whereas the griddle can be used like a gas grill when fixing something as beer can chicken that needs a more direct concentration of heat?

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      Thank you for your comments. We do not have anything like that currently in the works that you mention. I will however pass your idea up the chain to be reviewed!

  4. Judy says:

    Question about the drip pan area? Have you come up with a different design for it since grease and drippings tend to run down the side of the leg! Not a good design☹️☹️I have an seen to many complaints about this I’m wanting to buy one but would like for a solution for the problem first!

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      We are continually working on improvements with that. We added a spot weld to the under side of the griddle top. It maybe needs to be a little more pointed to help it follow the weld down into the great cup. We cook all over the place on different terrain and have found that a paper clip folded into a capital “T” down through the hole (or off the end of the griddle trough if you have a 28″) the grease will follow the clip down into the cup. But yes, we do have some things in the works for improvement with that in the very near future.

  5. Allen says:

    I recently purchased the 28 inch griddle and love it. However the second burner is slow to ignite. Any suggestions?

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      We typically turn the burners on from the right side to the left and then the ignite easier. You could try moving the needle slightly closer to the burner or slightly further away, there is unfortunately a sweet spot 🙂

  6. Pearlie says:

    Hey Venessa,

    Soooo, I’ve had my 36in Black Stone for approximately 5 years now and I must admit, I love the product.
    Recently a friend of mine purchased a Black Stone himself and while we were assembling the unit, the first thing I notice is was “Base and Stability or the unit has improved significantly”- I mean the foundation structure has been completely revamped.

    Any tips on how I might strengthen my unit – Yes i’m completely jealous.

    Earl

  7. Steve Geiling says:

    I have a Blackstone 36 griddle. After I use it I clean it thoroughly and either rub it down with oil or use a cooking spray. I have the correct cover for it but the griddle gets sticky. Is there a way to prevent this and how should I clean before using it again?

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      Thank you for contacting us. Try not to use to much oil. We clean with oil and sometimes water when something is really stubborn, then before we put it away we put a thin layer of oil on it. You can get the griddle hot and put some water all over it, allowing it to steam up, then scrape off any excess sticky oil and finish with a thin layer. Be sure and tent the cover from up off of the griddle top so that there is a pocket of air for it not have condensation. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us. 435-252-3030 x 1

  8. Norma says:

    I got the 36″ griddle for my husband for our anniversary a couple of weeks ago and he loves it! We ordered our four boys each one of the 28″ griddles for Father’s so now we are a Blackstone Family!! They could not be happier!

  9. TSparks says:

    biggest differences in the stainless version and regular?? difference in life span or care?
    we are super interested in buying one. of course the stainless was out of stock for now.

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      The difference is truly cosmetic. Stainless if you are in a humid area does resist rust better over the years. But the black 36 inch griddle does very well also. The tops are identical being cold rolled steel it’s basically the look you are going for and the money you would like to spend.

  10. Scott says:

    Wondering putting together/breakdown best way……I am a season ticket holder for an NFL team and tailgate every home game……looking for guidance….
    Thank you in advance

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      All of our products are very portable and are frequently used for tailgating purposes. Depending on the unit you have, the 36″ & 28″ griddles you can remove the griddle top, bottom tray and then the legs fold in and lock shut. Both of those units have carry bags for the heavy duty griddle tops. The tailgater unit has legs that fold under into place and there is also a carry bag set that will hold the base of the unit and another for the grill box and griddle top. The 17″ is small and portable and we have an accessory carry bag for it as well. The Dash is the most portable of all of our products with rolling wheels and handle, being as small as a suitcase. If you have any questions or would like specifics on anything please feel free to call us 435-252-3030 x 1.

  11. Michael Craft says:

    Is there a new model of Blackstone Griddle coming out soon? We are wanting to order our griddle but like a smart phone I don’t want to purchase one and then have the latest and greatest make my purchase outdated soon after I buy it.

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      36″ Griddle top is currently the largest top we sell. We are working on releasing a 48″ Griddle in the future but are not quite there yet. The prototype was seen in Vegas at the National Hardware Show.

  12. crystal cruz says:

    no purchase confirmation received payment has come out but nothing indicating when I will receive my order

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      What are you looking for? We are now back in stock of the Tailgater and 17″ Table Top. The breakfast kits will be July as well as the Stainless Steel unit. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  13. Abby says:

    I have finally set up my Kabob + grill auto charcoal bbq and I’ve used it every weekend since and I’m loving it! And yes, I was able to cook a whole bbq chicken ( about 2.5 to 3Ibs) by cutting the chicken in half length-wise, inserted one kabob skewer to each half and secured the chicken into the skewer with baker’s twine. You will need to wind the twine around the chicken securely so that it can turn with the skewer. You will be able to cook a maximum of two chickens ( using 4 kebab skewers) leaving two skewer slots between each half chicken to prevent them from touching.
    Even though my grill was delivered bent and dented and we couldn’t get one of the screws for the handles to fit all the way ( the handle hole wasn’t threaded deep enough and we had to buy a shorter screw to replace the one that came with the unit), I will still rate the Blackstone kabob +grill auto charcoal rotisserie a good value for the money. And I will recommend it to anyone out there looking to purchase a good auto bbq grill at an affordable price.

    • Venessa Pixton says:

      Please feel free to get us pictures of the damages and we will send anything you need. Thank you for this comment. We truly appreciate it.

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