Although it doesn’t hurt, you don’t need a fancy rig to pull off a great tailgate on the road. All it takes is a little advance planning, careful packing, and recipes that travel well or that can be cooked on-site.
When transporting food to a game, always keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Transport cold dishes like coleslaw or potato salad in an ice-packed cooler serve them by nesting the serving bowls inside larger bowls of ice. Keep hot foods likes baked beans or chicken wings hot by transporting them in a slow cooker (if you have access to an outlet) or try one of these three easy methods.
Also be sure to round out your menu with a few non-perishable snacks that don’t require refrigeration like pretzels, chips, snack mixes, and nuts. For even more inspiration, check out our tailgating menu ideas, which include everything from drinks to desserts, plus plenty of main and side dish recipes.