Keep Your Tailgating Food Safe  

This football season, keep your tailgating treats fresh with our top tips for food safety at the stadium.

  • Game-Day Gear
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Game-Day Gear

    Whether you're a tailgating rookie or a seasoned pro, our guide will prepare you for the ultimate game-day experience.
    Once you've decided on your tailgating menu, use our Game-Day Checklist to ensure you have everything you need. If you're a season-ticket holder and tailgate constantly, keep your supplies gathered, packed, and ready to load up for the next weekend.

  • Barbara's Big Juicy Burgers

    First Thing's First

    Because tailgate parties are usually all-day food fests and grilling extravaganzas, they're also a time of increased risk of food poisoning. Before you pack your cooler and head off to the game, remember the following food safety tips.
  • Smoked Turkey Wraps

    Say No to Leftovers

    Take foods in the smallest quantity needed. Pack only the amount of food you think you'll use.
  • Easy Party Snack Mix
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Keep Easy Snacks

    Consider taking along non-perishable foods and snacks that don't need to be refrigerated.
  • Grilled Marinated Meat
    James Carrier

    Cook in Shifts

    Remove from the cooler only the amount of raw meat, fish, or poultry that will fit on the grill at one time.
  • Food Safety Tips for Grilling
    Photo: Colin Peterson

    Keep Them Separate

    Keep raw foods separate from already prepared foods.
  • Honey Barbecue Chicken

    Check Your Temps

    Cook your favorite foods to the right temperature by using a meat thermometer; hamburger to at least 160º F and chicken breasts to at least 160º F.
  • Lemony Spinach-Artichoke Dip
    John O'Hagan

    Keep it Cool

    Pack your food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice or icepacks to keep the temperature below 40º F. Transport the cooler in the back seat of an air-conditioned car (instead of a hot trunk), and keep the cooler closed tight.
  • Temp Talk
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Temp Talk

    Keep hot food hot and keep cold food cold. Don't let food sit out for more than two hours. On a hot day (90º F or higher), reduce this time to one hour.

  • Easy Cleaning
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    Easy Cleaning

    Bring moist towelettes or soap and water to clean your hands and surfaces often. When the tailgate is over, discard all perishable foods if there is no longer sufficient ice in the cooler or if gel packs are no longer frozen.

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