The Food Network is getting behind the hot tailgating trend with a gazillion tips, tricks, videos and recipes, all geared towards tailgating cuisine.
Tailgate Cuisine? You ask?
Yes, cuisine. Tailgating isn't just about grilling a couple burgers and brats before walkin' into the game anymore. It's become a culinary art and a competitive sport, with many people devoting their time, talents and sometimes giving up their jobs just to go on the College and Professional Football tailgating circuit.
And yes. There's a tailgating circuit.
Read The Tailgate Knight. Great blog.
No ignorance on the part of the Food Network, they're hot on this outdoor cooking food trend. And Guy Fieri is leading the team.
The Food Network has put together a complete Tailgating Package on their website. Caution, the video autoplays! But there are Guy and his buddies, Dirty P. and Kleetus, at the side of the Knuckle Sandwich RV (trailer, camper, motor home, 5th wheel, whatever), giving advice on and recipes for tailgating in all its glory.
These videos are being aired on Sundays for the nfl - all viewable on nfl.com. Click here for the video on the ultimate dutch oven tailgate sandwich.
Moreover, October 17, 2009 is devoted to Tailgating on Food Network programming. All times listed below are Eastern. Check the Food Network's program schedule for more information.
Tailgate Party Weekend Cooking Block
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The day's line-up of shows have premiere episodes geared towards tailgating and football-oriented parties from "30 Minute Meals," "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef," "Down Home with the Neelys," "Paula's Best Dishes" and "Cooking for Real." There are more. You get the idea.
Season 7 of Guy's Big Bite gets a kick off with "Guy's Big Game," airing at 9 a.m. eastern. "It's total Tailgate Time on Big Bite for the Big Game. Tender turkey patties on rye with gruyere and mushrooms, along with a cheddar-topped potato salad, will satisfy hungry fans and linebackers alike. To toast your team's win, a grape mojito inspired by Guy's hometown."
Then Marc Summers' "Unwrapped" program re-airs two tailgating episodes: "Football Parties" at 8 p.m. and "Fan Fare" at 8:30 p.m.
All this leading up to ...
... drum roll, please ...
Tailgate Warriors With Guy Fieri - website
Oct 17, 2009 - 9:00 PM ET/PT
Oct 18, 2009 - 12:00 AM ET/PT
Oct 21, 2009 - 8:00 PM ET/PT
The battle on the gridiron may be rough when the Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills, but it's nothing compared to the action going on outside the stadium. Guy Fieri has thrown down the gauntlet, and tailgate teams from around the country are dukin' it out to see who has the most killer grub in the game! Bringing their rigs, grills, costumes, attitudes and amazing eats, these teams mean business and are fighting for tailgating supremacy as Food Network's Tailgate Warriors.
Followed by more "Unwrapped" with "Tailgating Goodies" at 10 p.m. and "The Secret Life of Tailgating" at 10:30.
Check out the Tailgate Warriors Facebook page, with lots of pictures and more information.
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