Joe Drozda and Bob Bley are writing the third edition of The Tailgater’s Handbook which will be published in 2014. Drozda is considered the “Father of American Tailgating” by many including The Wall Street Journal. Drozda and Bley both grew up in NW Indiana and attended Indiana University together.
After you have tailgated for two or three seasons, you recognize that once the weather begins to turn cold, certain foods appear more frequently on the typical tailgater menu. We decided to survey people in football stadium parking lots and on our web site tailgatershandbook.com to see if we could quantify the popularity of certain cold-weather foods. Here are our results for the four primary menu categories:
• Main course preference statistics (by percentage):
Chili 46; Sausage 18; Soup 8; Burgers, Ribs and Sandwiches 6.
• Side dish favorite (percentage):
Baked Beans 21, Dips&Dippers 20, Chili 9, Cheese 7, Potato Salad 6.
• Desert choice (percentage):
Bars 43, Cake 13, Pie 6, Candy 5.
• Drink favorites (percentage):
Coffee 35, Cocoa 33, Hot Cocktails 17, Beer 16.
If you want to try one of our favorite warm cocktails, here’s a simple recipe for delicious buttered rum, sent in by Bill Paige. It smells like hot apple pie and tastes even better!