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Grateful Dead Tailgating Dallas TX

Posted by lukelorick on December 2, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Being the tailgating afficianado that I am, I love to check out a variety of different tailgating venues, outside of just football. Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Grateful Dead show here in Dallas, TX at American Airlines center. I've never been to see THE DEAD before, but when offered the chance to go, of course I said yes. 

I pulled into the parking garage and there were some people here and there that were tailgating and drinking a few beers out the back of their vehicle, but really no tailgating gear, or big set ups in the garage. We met a few people that are all extremely chill and nice but, then it was time to explore the area to see what the Dead are up to. 

This was my first dead show, so I was set to learn quite a bit today. I learned the spot to head to was SHAKEDOWN. The Shakedown is where all the fans go to hang out before the show. The Shakedown is a large area that vendors and cars can park and have a big tailgate. The vendors were selling many food items. My favorite sign was the the grilled cheese vendor and from the sign it appears they use BACON in their melts: 

Everyone was decked out in their dead gear, which for most is brightly colored tie dye shirts. I even had one made for me in a polo style to be a little different (you know how I roll). In walking around the Shakedown one thing that was strange was there were NO BATHROOMS. We had to go across the street to CVS (shout out to CVS for letting everyone come over to use the bathroom). #HippiesUseSideDoor

In addition to the food vendors there were many shirts, posters and heck even cold beer being sold out of coolers. We came upon a full sized school bus that had the HIPPIE touch, shall we say. The owner was gracious enough to give me a tour and wow he spent some time and money on this thing. The funny part is he parks this in a VERY affluent neighborhood here in Dallas, TX. The neighbors love him, I'm sure!


I did a short walk around video to give you a perspective of what you can expect if you attend a Grateful Dead Shakedown: 

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It was then time to hit up the concert and see the Grateful Dead with John Mayer on the guitar! The Dead faithful showed up big time and almost packed out the arena. Beers were crazy expensive inside, to the tune of $24 for 2! People, this is why we tailgate before an event! An excellent show that lasted over 3 hours then transpired with Dead fans of all ages rocking the stadium. Literally, there were small kids, teenagers, young adults, and a more tenured bunch too. Throughout the show there were the Dead being the Dead and lighting up things that I don't believe were cigarettes LOL.

After the show we returned back to Shakedown to check out the after party and boy were they having a good time. The cool part about tailgating with the Dead is that everyone is happy. I didn't see one fight, argument or upset person. Unfortunately, when sports are involved that can't always be said. During the after party there were vendors placing a gas into balloons that people were going crazy for. I had never seen this before and learned that it was nitrous oxide or laughing gas (I did not sample one, but they were $5 bucks a balloon should you be around). It got even crazier as people came out with megaphones to announce they were selling 'special' brownies. This was shocking to me as we are in downtown Dallas, a place where these type of brownies are not yet legalized and they were announcing on a megaphone they were selling them (again I didn't buy one, but for those that are interested they were going for $10). 

It could be brownies, it could be the balloons or it could just be everyone there was just real chill, but I had a great time checking out the Grateful Dead and the Shakedown. I encourage YOU to try tailgating for more than just football games. This is Luke with Tailgating Challenge. Get out there and tailgate!


Texas AM Tailgating

Posted by lukelorick on October 2, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments 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:

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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!

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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. 

Getting Grilling Lessons at Church...Meat Church BBQ

Posted by lukelorick on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments 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:

www.MeatChurch.com

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)



Best Steak for the Tailgate

Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments 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: 

http://www.peaktailgate.com/blog/best-steak-to-grill-for-my-tailgate ;

What Steak is going to hit your grill grate and taste great?

Tailgate Sunrise Drink

Posted by lukelorick on February 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments 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. 

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As always NEVER drink and drive and please drink responsibly. 

Dealing with Hangovers this tailgating season.

Posted by lukelorick on August 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2)

TELL HANGOVERS GOODBYE!

With tailgating comes the chance of having a little too much adult fun and the chance of feeling less than remarkable the next day. We have had the chance to experiment with a variety of product s that claim to help your hangover.

 

In testing these products we found an unlikely combination that helps to start working before you begin imbibing and then a follow up product to take the edge off the following day.

 

With all anti-hangover products we know that if you drink way more than you should then there may be little help, but if you pair the Forget Hangovers all natural vitamin patch with Blowfish for hangovers together as a one two punch you will feel MUCH better than doing nothing.

 

The Forget Hangover patch should be applied before you begin consuming alcohol. It is a patch that releases vitamin B to help combat the damage the alcohol is causing. Then when you awake the next morning take two of the Blowfish for hangovers to feel like a champ. Blowfish for hangovers are effervescent tablets that dissolve in water and have a very mild taste that is very easy to drink.

 

These are two products that would pit themselves as rivals, but we believe its the perfect combination to help you this tailgating season. Give it a shot and let us know how it works for you.





Winter Tailgating

Posted by lukelorick on December 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WINTER GATING

Football tailgating is amazing in the early part of the season when the weather is nice, but what do you do when it gets COLD out there before the big game.

Some call it quits and stay home. Others man/woman up and layer up in their clothes to stay warm. Either way we do not want you scared to tailgate because of the cold. Here are a few products that can make your tailgating experience much better during these winter months.

1. Tailgator Beverage Glove. These gloves have a built in koozie so your hands never get cold or wet. These are high quality gloves with thinsulate insulation and a waterproof lining so you can enjoy your drink and keep your hands toasty warm. Visit them: http://www.thetailgatorglove.com/

2. Sywpers USB rechargeable hand warmers: These hand warmers are charged via USB connection and stay warm up to three hours to help keep your hands warm. They come in your favorite college team logo too! Check them out: SWYPERS

3. Arctix Bottoms NFL tailgate pants: the first and only pants made for the tailgater in mind! Weather proof, built in drink holders, bottle opener and more. These pants will keep you warm and keep the party going! Check them out: www.tailgaiters.com

4. Your trusty fire pit. When all else fails get the fire roaring.

Stay warm out there people and remember remain awesome and CONTINUE tailgating. Don't let the cold stop you.

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Playoff Tailgating Challenge

Posted by lukelorick on December 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the final 4 in college football was announced today: Alabama vs Ohio State and Oregon vs. Florida St.

Alabama and Oregon will be hosting the first ever college football playoff tailgating.  These fans are going to the game will be able to be a part of history as NO ONE has ever tailgated for a college football playoff game, until now.

Let's break these two host schools down a bit further. Alabama has the long standing tradition as a year in year top top 5 five team that has had more success than almost any school dating back well before many of us were even born.

Oregon is the new kid on the block but has been as good as Alabama, or close to it, for the past few years. Oregons top alumni created Nike and they get the coolest gear to wear, bar none.

We are talking about tailgating though so who will host the best tailgate this first ever year of playoff tailgating? Oregon is the 'sexy' pick to go with as they are on the cutting edge of everything cool, but not so fast my friend I'm going with the Tide as they will be tailgating in the South in the winter and I'm going out on a limb and thinking that the weather for the Alabama game will be much warmer than the in game in Oregon. Not to be too biased but from my experience the SOUTH has the best tailgating that I've ever been a part of and this will be no different Alabama should WIN this tailgating head to head matchup.

Have other thoughts let's hear it!


                          

Its almost TIME

Posted by lukelorick on August 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a long offseason, but it's almost time for FOOTBALL!

With that comes some hardcore tailgating. True tailgaters can tailgate for any event, but we all know that EVERYONE loves to tailgate for College and NFL games.

We here at tailgating challenge have been busting it to partner with numerous companies to help bring you tailgating giveaways all season long. We are well on our way to making that happen this season, so much so that we are expanding additional giveaways over to our Twitter page @TailgatingChall

We appreciate all of our fans and like you are ready to get down and dirty this fall with tailgating and football!

Make sure you check back often and sign up to be a member so you don't miss any of our giveaways!

Until next time don't just tailgate, tailgate better!

Practice, We are talking about Practice

Posted by lukelorick on April 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We all have heard the saying that practice makes perfect. Well this is true in all things in life, especially tailgating.

We get it and know most tailgaters are only active during football season, but there are many reasons why you should keep your tailgating skills honed in the offseason.

1. tailgating injuries: Tailgaters never get injured, right? Wrong, we have seen it all too many times where people have fallen off a tailgate, ran to catch a pass and fallen down, try to open a drink and hurt their hand. We even saw two men race each other in the street and one face planted. So YES injuries can happen, but with proper off season training you can reduce the risk of injury to you and your tailgating crew.

2. better tailgates: Think about it, the more you practice your craft the better you become. Training in the offseason may open up ideas and new products you see that will help you tailgate better when football season rolls around.

3. less waste: Learn how to properly open your beer so it doesn't shoot out the top, make sure if you pop bottles you keep the bubbly in the bottle, spill your drink less. All this comes with practice. You can expect to take 8 months off from the gym and then go in and dominate like you did before.

4. ITS FUN: come on if you had to read this far to convice yourself to tailgate more often then.....get it together!! Tailgating should be a year long tradition for all!

While we can't wait for football season we will continue to train in the in 'offseason' to be even better than last year.

We hope this has inspired you to perfect your tailgating prowess. Now go out there and DO WORK!


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