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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Football season is here and even more exciting than the game itself could be the tailgating.
Tailgating is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games. Fans attending such
an event are said to be 'tailgating'.
Walking around the stadium before the game you will see the tailgaters and smell all
the food being prepared, many times under a tent or canopy. Some have a big screen
TV playing the pregame show, fans playing games such as corn hole, Frisbee, tossing
the football and general fellowship.
Remember food safety when tailgating. Always carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger
patties, sausages, and chicken in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of
ice, frozen gel packs, or containers of ice. Pack a thermometer in the cooler to make
sure the food stays at 40 °F or below. Raw meat and poultry should be wrapped securely
and stored away from other foods to prevent their juices from cross-contaminating
Perishable cooked food such as luncheon meat, cooked meat, chicken, and potato or
pasta salads must be kept refrigerator cold, too.
Include clean utensils for preparing and serving. Chances are there will not be water
available at the site so pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and
paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.
If you plan on having marinated meat for tailgate cooking, transport marinated meat
and any reserved marinade in a cooler, and keep it cold until grilling time. If some
of the marinade is to be used for basting during smoking or as a sauce on the cooked
food, reserve a portion of the marinade.
Never partially cook food at home so it grills faster at the tailgate party. Partially
cooking meat or poultry ahead of time should only be done if the food goes immediately
from the microwave or stove to the hot grill. Partial cooking of food without cooking
it to a safe temperature allows harmful bacteria to survive and multiply.
Cook food to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. Meat
and poultry cooked on a grill often browns very fast on the outside. Use a food thermometer
to determine doneness. All raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts
should be a minimum internal temperature of 145°F, all raw ground beef, pork, lamb,
and veal 160 °F, and all poultry must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165
Some people have so much fun at the tailgate party; they never actually watch the
game. But that doesn't mean it's safe for the food to stay unrefrigerated before,
during, and after the event. Holding food at an unsafe temperature is a prime cause
of foodborne illness.
Store perishable food in the cooler except for brief times when serving. Cook only
the amount of food that will be eaten to avoid the challenge of keeping leftovers
at a safe temperature. Once finished, discard any leftovers that are not 40 °F or
below after the game. Food should not be left out of the cooler or off the grill more
than 2 hours – 1 hour when the outside temperature is above 90 °F.
Tailgating brings another dimension to the game. The comradery, smells, food; there
is nothing like it. I will be tailgating this weekend as my favorite college team
and alma mater kicks off their first home game. So if you happen to be in Stillwater,
stop by and see me. We will be having Roasted Rosemary and Parmesan Cheese Corn on
the Cob this weekend. Oh and Go Pokes!
If you have questions contact me at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture,
Miller County Extension office in the courthouse, e-mail me at email@example.com or
call 870-779-3609. You can also get great tips on facebook at UAEXMillerCountyFC twS
and twitter at @MillerCountyFCS
Roasted Parmesan Cheese & Rosemary Corn on the Cob
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 ears corn, husk and silk removed
1 small sprig Rosemary per ear
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Brush a thin
layer of mayonnaise on each ear of corn. Sprinkle the corn with Parmesan cheese, chili
powder, salt, and pepper. Lay Rosemary sprig beside corn and wrap each ear with aluminum
foil and place on the grill. Grill, turning occasionally, until the kernels begin
to brown, about 10 minutes.
By Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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