Tailgating season is right around the corner.

But before you throw a BBQ blowout, you’ll need a few essentials. Here are three tailgate must-haves. 

The Grill 

The most important piece of a tailgating party is the grill. You can’t have a BBQ without the tools to do it. One of the best portable grills on the market is the Old Smokey Charcoal Grill. It may look like a steel drum that’s been cut in half, but there’s a certain charm about it that your father’s father would be proud of. 

If you prefer a gas grill, then the Petit Gourmet is the best way to take your grill game on the road. It’s lightweight, portable, and comes with a tiny one-pound canister that provides enough fuel to cook just about anything. 

portable grill

Petit Gourmet, Courtesy of Amazon

The Cooler 

The Coolest Cooler is literally one of the coolest coolers you’ll ever buy. It’s a combo of a blender, phone charger, speaker, and cooler. Embellished with LED lights and a built-in bottle opener, The Coolest Cooler is a tailgating must-have. 

But, if you need something a little more basic, then the Yeti Tank 85 is what you want. It’s a 20-gallon ice bucket that will stay ice-cold and can hold up to 96 beers. 

Coolest Cooler

Courtesy of The Coolest Cooler

The Food 

Tailgating food is a magical menu that you should probably only have a few times a year, from pizza burgers to walking tacos, to apple cider pulled pork. (But if you devour these recipes off-season, we wouldn’t blame you.)

Pizza Burgers: In just 10 minutes, you can have four delicious, pepperoni pizza burgers from The Pioneer Woman. All you need is one to one-and-a-half a pound of ground beef, one-half pound of Italian sausage, a half a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, eight slices of mozzarella or provolone cheese, pepperoni slices, eight tablespoons of jarred marinara sauce, grated parmesan cheese, and four Kaiser rolls (or really good hamburger buns). 

Pizza burgers

Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

Walking Tacos: Walking Tacos are super simple and yummy. What makes them special, however, is that instead of being inside of a taco shell, all the good stuff (the meat, tomatoes, lettuce, and whatever else you like) is placed inside of a corn chip bag for easy toting. 

Walking Tacos

Courtesy of Genius Kitchen

Apple Cider Pulled Pork: The Natural Nurturer has created a tender, slow-cooker pulled pork recipe that you’ll be able to set up the night before. 

pork sandwich

Courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

Which tailgating recipe are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!