|Posted by lukelorick on October 2, 2017 at 10:40 PM||comments (1)|
I was able to make it to College Station this past weekend to check out the tailgating scene at the South Carolina Gamecocks vs Texas AM football game.
The kickoff to the game was at 6:30pm and I drove in from Dallas early that morning to get there around noon. I met up with some friends at a nearby hotel and we actually did some HotelGating for a couple of hours. No really, we set up camp in the Hawthorne parking lot and got down to tailgating!
I learned that while its called tailgating at Texas AM you can't actually have a tailgate around the stadium as you can't park and tailgate out of your vehicles, like I am used to. We took a LYFT from our HotelGating to the stadium to walk around and ensure we got the full game day experience at Texas AM.
There are white tents all around the stadium where tailgaters can set up shop and enjoy some pre-game festivities. There was no shortage of tailgaters around, heck Texas AM boasts one of the largest stadiums in college football and the fans show up to have a big time before kickoff.
Everyone is nervous when traveling to other stadiums that they may meet some aggressive, drunk or down right mean fans...That was not the case in College Station! The fans were awesome and there was not one fight, altercation, or really anything negative from anyone that we came across that day.
While there, we did walk around the stadium multiple times (over 8 miles of touring tailgates on foot to be exact) and saw tons of tailgates and there was a great BBQ food truck in front of the stadium that had a bbq sandwich that was on point.
With having no vehicles it made it challenging to take around some product samples and keep beers cold so we were outfitted with a few backpack coolers to make this easier and the Polar Bear Cooler backpack did a great job of keeping the beers cold!
Hours before game time there were fans all around the stadium...I see why they call them the 12th man!
You know you're deep in the heart of Texas when horses are a part of the tailgate. There were many horses ready to help patrol the tailgates as seen in our quick video when we stumbled across where they kept the horses in the tailgating scene:
As game time approached we ran into a small problem: what were we going to do with the backpacks? We didn't have a vehicle or anyone tailgating that we could leave them with, so we had to improvise! We found some bushes near the stadium and tucked them in the bushes hoping they would be there when we returned (also was hoping no one thought we were planting a BOMB!)
From there we entered into the massive Kyle Field stadium to watch some SEC football on a Saturday night. Check out the inside of the stadium and the video on the team entrance!
It was a tight game that Texas AM pulled out in the 4th quarter and the fans were LOUD! They also have a cannon that fires everytime the Aggies score that will literally shake you! Texas AM does not have female cheerleaders, but male Yell leaders that do an amazing job of getting the crowd going!
After the game was over we exited in the sea of people and were happy to find out backpacks still in the bushes. We hopped a LYFT to go back to the hotel and crashed after a long, fun filled day in College Station.
Nice job Texas AM. You throw a fun tailgate! Only feedback.. let me bring my truck to tailgate:)
Special thanks to Blowfish for Hangovers and The Restroom Kit for providing samples that some lucky fans got to use.
|Posted by lukelorick on September 25, 2017 at 10:05 PM||comments (1)|
Back when I was a kid in the 1980's fanny packs were a big deal. I remember my mom getting me a NEON green fanny pack when we went on vacation that I got to wear to keep my essentials ie: toys, tissues, sunglasses etc. in. I loved that thing, but like many fads these iconic fanny packs fell out of style.
Fast forward to 2017 and fanny packs are trying to make a come back! Heck I even saw a "Dad Bod" Fanny pack that you could get to make you look like you are halfway fat....still don't get the dad bod craze, but to each their own.
A company: The Mini Belt reached out to me and asked me to sport their rendition of the fanny pack. While it doesn't have a large pouch waiting to hold your tailgating essentials it does hold one tailgating item and it holds it well...Mini Bottles.
The Mini Belt holds 4 mini bottles, so you can easily bring them just about anywhere in a discrete fashion.
My question would you rock THE MINI BELT?
See the Mini Belt here in our video:
Learn more check their website out:
|Posted by lukelorick on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
I recently had the opportunity to attend a grilling class at Meat Church BBQ in Waxahachie Texas. Meat Church BBQ ran by pitmaster Matt Pittman (What a perfect name for a pitmaster, right?)
You would expect a grilling class to be done at a business or commerical site, but not in this case. Matt turned his backyard into a grilling paradise! For real, if you love to grill out you may believe you died and went right to heaven. There are built in grills all around, from multiple Big Green Eggs, to smokers, to pizza ovens, etc. You may never have to eat out again if you lived here, but I digress.
The night started at 6pm with about 35 gentlemen coming together to learn how to step up their grilling game. It was July in Texas so it was hot, but there was a large fan to help keep the guests cool along with ice cold waters and local beers in a Yeti Cooler. There were a few things on the agenda to cook up and, of course, taste test during the night.
-Pork Belly Burnt Ends
-Grilled BBQ Oyters (see pic below people were excited)
-Reverse seared Tomahawk Steak
Matt had a great crew that was helping assist with some of the cooking and prep while Matt spoke with the class and answered all questions.
Tips were given out all night on how to perfect your craft and being the ultimate grill master. Tips from: don't soak your wood chips, to the perfect internal temperatures for steak, to how to reverse sear a steak for maximum flavor. Everyone walked away with a few new tricks they were eager to apply the next time they fired up their grill.
The insanely huge tomahawk steaks were the 'main event' to conclude the evening. These monsters were smoked and then reverse seared by placing them on open glowing wood chips to sear the flavor in. To finalize it a Banner Butter was placed on the steak to melt while it rested for 10 minutes before cutting into what could only be described as deliciousness.
If you are ever around Waxahachie TX and want to get a few tips to take home to show who is king of the grill then check out:
They also produce some amazing rubs in fun flavors such as: Bacon BBQ, Honey Hog BBQ, Deez Nuts (pecan rub) and more.
(Matt teaching the class about pork belly)
|Posted by lukelorick on July 6, 2017 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hawaii is the ultimate vacation destination, but to me there is so much more to Hawaii than just beautiful beaches and tropical drinks. When I go I'm coming with a tailgating perspective. I want to drink local beer, see how they grill and check out the college football stadium!
First off lets touch on the BEER.
Hawaii has some fine breweries that I had the pleasure of either visiting of finding the beers on the shelf at the grocery store, so I could try as many as possible...to be educate of course. My goal was to find the top 3 beers and then do a blind taste test to determine which one won my distinction as best Hawaiian beer. There were many great beers I tried from companies like Kona Brewing, Maui Brewing Company, the original brew "Primo" and much more. I always drink local beers when on vacation to get a true flavor for the city and culture that I'm in #DrinkLocal
I filtered it down to my top 3 (your individual results may vary)
Kona Brewing: Longboard Lager
Maui Brewing: Bikini Blonde My Winner!
Maui Brewing: Pineapple Mana
On to the the GRILL.
I went to a FUN restaurant on the island of Kauai that knew what time it was on the grill. They did a wood fired grill but they did it right beside the road. What better way to bring customers in?
It was fun to see, but I learned more about the wood they smoke with in Hawaii too, as it is different from where I live in Texas. They use Kiawe Wood that is native to that area (makes sense use the wood you got around you) it is similar to mesquite and gave the burger and tuna a nice smokey flavor. You can see the wood below:
If you're ever out in Hawaii or see this wood for sale in your area give it a shot.
Everytime I go to a place with a major college football team I always have to see the stadium and my trip to Hawaii was no different. I took the afternoon to check out the Aloha stadium, home of the Hawaiian Rainbow Warriors! When I arrived there were actually football games going on, so they let us in to see the stadium and get a few pics.
Around the entrance to the stadium they had some palm trees to give it the Hawaiian feel.
They were doing a swap meet when I arrived so the parking lot was filled like it was a game day. It was sunshining one moment then rained briefly. I was hoping for a rainbow, but no such luck on this trip.
We hope to make it back for a tailgate in the future. University of Hawaii let me know if you're ready for a Tailgate Challenge!
Overall, Hawaii was a blast and there is so much more than just sitting on the beach with a tropical drink in your hand.
This is Luke with Tailgating Challenge Aloha and Mahalo!
|Posted by lukelorick on March 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
The buzz on social media recently has been with major fast food restaurants having secret menu items that you can find and order at different times of the day.
The one that stood out to me based on, shall we say, a rather unique name was McDonalds: McGangBang.
The McGangBang takes the McDouble and the McChicken and forms them into one crazy sandwich. Think one piece of chicken between two burgers.
Not every McDonalds associate knows about this special menu item and some could even take offense to you ordering something with the name: McGangBang.
The Challenge: Video yourself ordering the McGangBang and then eating it. Share it with us.
Here is my submission:
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Burgers are a staple at tailgating events, but a basic burger is old news. Its time to get creative with burger skills.
On a plane ride recently the vision of the Tremendous Tailgate Burger came to me.
Buffalo meat, unique cheeses (gouda and colby jack for this one) green leaf lettuce, carmalized onions, red bell pepper, avacado, BACON, and sweet potatoes!
Most you may have had these ingredients on a burger at some time or another, but sweet potatoes? Well that may be a new one to many of us.
Steps are easy!
Hand craft burgers and add any seasoning you like (garlic salt for me)
Cut up Onion, Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, Avacado.
Sautee the Onion on the stove top. Put the Sweet Potatoes and burger on the grill. Apply Olive oil on the Sweet Potatoes.
Cook your bacon
Build your burger
I CHALLENGE you to build a great tailgating burger and show it off!
Then Appreciate the Greatness of the flavor. You won't believe how good the sweet potato is on this Tremendous Tailgate Burger.
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Steaks and grilling go together like beer and coolers. The question is what steak is best for you and for your tailgate?
From T Bones to Tomahawk steaks there are so many options out there. Our friends Peak Tailgating helped break this down further to help you with some of lifes tough decisions:)
Check it out:
What Steak is going to hit your grill grate and taste great?
|Posted by lukelorick on February 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (4)|
Early morning tailgates suck. Why do they have noon kickoffs anyways? Half of the tailgaters were out the night before conversating at local bars about how the team would do the following day.
Getting up early with a mild hangover and no taste for the normal alcohol choices can doom a tailgate.
I had to do something about this. Currently there are a few early morning go to's that people use to start the early tailgate with Mimosa, Bloody Mary or heck, even an ice cold beer.
I decided to make a cocktail that would be smooth tasting, have alcohol and caffiene in it to hit the trifecta of what you need this early in the morning.
I call it TAILGATE SUNRISE.
To make you need the following: Champagne, grapefruit juice (or a juice of choice), and monster energy (or an engery drink of choice) this is my fav combo though. Your individual results may vary.
You need about 75% champagne, and then split the remaining with juice and engery drink.
The drink is sure to go down smoothly and get you awake in the right state of mind to dominate your tailgate!
Let us know what you think of this combination.
As always NEVER drink and drive and please drink responsibly.
|Posted by lukelorick on January 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
I sampled La Fin Du Monde, Labatts, Moosehead and Molsen Golden:
The "La Fin" had the highest alcohol content and, as such, more body. In sampling the La Fin, it had the most flavor that pleased my palate during the flight.
The Labatts would be my recomendation for a good beer to take tailgating as it has a smooth, refreshing flavor that will allow you to have multiple drinks over the course of the day. the La Fin would be a good sipper where you have 1-2, but not something that I could drink all day tailgating before the big game.
The Molsen Golden continued to grow on me after the video review. I finsihed the sample and I'd also recommend this one for a good tailgating brew.
The Moosehead, while I drank it all and didn't waste any, was not my favorite and a beer that I label as one and done.
Cheers to all of our Canadian fans and remember to always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.