RACE DAY GRUB
Race day utensils
Don’t be that person who forgets a spatula or even a pair of scissors (opening bacon packages can sometimes be challenging). Come prepared so you don’t have to bother your neighbors for all their equipment. Also think matches, lighters, kindling for certain charcoal grills, bottle openers, serving spoons, and, of course, containers for leftovers.
Meal prep is your friend
If you want to go above and beyond the standard hot dog and burger like other NASCAR fans will, all it takes is a little bit of work ahead of time. Pre-marinate chicken, steak, or pork in air-tight bags at home for less mess at your tailgate (and more flavor). If you’re making potato salad or want to fry up some bacon, pre-boil and fry anything that needs it a few hours before so you save time and space, with fewer pans in your trunk.
Slow-cookers were designed for this
Don’t mock the pot -- it’s the little engine that could and will do all of the hard work for you. From slow-cooking chili to recreate the famous Martinsville Speedway dog topped with chili, onions, and slaw to making Daytona’s prime rib sandwich, an electric pot will revolutionize your tailgate. Throw all the ingredients in a slow-cooker, set the timer, and three to four hours later you’ll be grubbing on the ultimate tailgate feast. Need to get something out faster? Bring an electric pressure cooker, and produce similar results at pit-crew speed.