The Playboy Guide to Tailgating Like a Gentleman

By Playboy Staff

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Our crash course in gentlemanly tailgating will show you how to dress, eat and drink with distinction.


With your college years behind you—and football season upon us—it’s high time your tailgating party graduated from supermarket hot dogs and plastic cups of beer. Our upscale upgrade features a surf-and-turf grilling menu worthy of an Iron Chef (Wolfgang Puck, to be exact), top-shelf champagne cocktails (from the world’s greatest bar, no less) and the coolest vintage-inspired fashion and gear. Take a cue from the following pages and you may need to put up a red velvet rope.

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License to Grill - Four ways to upgrade your grilling game

Get Wood

Pit masters will tell you the best way to grill is over real hardwood coals. B&B oak lump charcoal burns hot and clean and adds the fragrance of real wood smoke to your party. Be sure to bring along a charcoal chimney starter to fire it up. ($23 for 20 pounds, bbcharcoal.com)

Use Real Tongs

Another vital pit-master tip: Don’t buy a “BBQ set” with clumsy tongs and an oversize, serrated-edge spatula. A set of long-handled, restaurant-style tongs will work better, and you can use them in your kitchen the rest of the year. (Edlund 16-inch tongs with lock, $16, edlundco.com)

Cook Like an Iron Chef

Football season comes but once a year, so cook something to stand out from the burgers-and-brats crowd. We enlisted Wolfgang Puck—yes, the godfather of all that is luxurious and delicious in food—to give us a recipe for grilled lobster with spicy herbed butter and tips on how to grill the perfect steak. (See eat up.)

Prep School

Split those lobsters and slice those succulent steaks on a burly hardwood cutting board. ($90, jkadams.com)

  1. Raise the bar cart

Leave the keg stands to the kids. A well-appointed mobile bar should have all the comforts of the latest nouveau speakeasy: gleaming barware, top-shelf liquor and an ice bucket—no stooping into the cooler required. (Mayfair ice bucket, $99, williamssonoma.com)

  1. Carry a manly bag

The Filson rugged twill utility bag is what all toolboxes aspire to be. It can carry booze, food and anything else you need to lug to the game. ($245, filson.com)

  1. Sit right

This guy isn’t sitting on some nylon folding chair like he’s camped out waiting for the latest iPhone release; he’s looking smooth on an American-made wood-and-canvas director’s chair from Telescope, the preferred on-set seat of Hollywood A-listers. ($110, filmtools.com)

With your college years behind you—and football season upon us—it’s high time your tailgating party graduated from supermarket hot dogs and plastic cups of beer. Our upscale upgrade features a surf-and-turf grilling menu worthy of an Iron Chef (Wolfgang Puck, to be exact), top-shelf champagne cocktails (from the world’s greatest bar, no less) and the coolest vintage-inspired fashion and gear. Take a cue from the following pages and you may need to put up a red velvet rope.

Click here to gear up! Click here to drink up! Click here to eat up!

Respect the cocktail - serve a drink that’s sophisticated, sparkling & strong-like you

Earlier this year, the Varnish, a mixologically inclined speakeasy in downtown Los Angeles, was voted best bar in the country at Tales of the Cocktail, the Oscars of the bartending world. We enlisted their talented barmen to create a high-octane twist on the champagne cocktail.

Nightingale Cocktail Ingredients

1 oz. Bulleit rye 2 dashes Regans’ orange bitters Prosecco, chilled

Orange peel ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur

Instructions

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Squeeze orange peel, skin side down, into drink to release aromatic oils. Garnish with peel.

  1. Go vintage

The stadium parking lot will be awash in oversize jerseys, hoodies and other school colors. That said, a vintage-style letterman sweater from the good people at Etiquette Vintage Design in Austin will have you showing both your school spirit and your exquisite sense of style. They can custom tailor sharp-looking sweaters and blazers with your school’s logo. (evintaged.com)

  1. Blanket Statement

Pack a wool blanket. It can double as a picnic blanket or a wrap for the ladies. (Civil War artillery blanket, $109, woolrich.com)

  1. Glass act

Polycarbonate champagne flutes look like glass but won’t break when things get too boisterous. (Connoisseur champagne flutes, $42 for six, nauticalluxuries.com)

  1. Tray chic

Presentation counts. You’ve gone to the trouble of making a restaurant-worthy lobster surf and turf, so don’t ruin it by serving on paper plates. (Chancellor rectangular tray, $49, potterybarn.com)

  1. Get a cooler cooler

You’ll need ice. A lot of ice. Coleman’s reissues of its classic steel-belted 54-quart coolers do the job and look, well, cool. They can also double as seating or a prep surface for your grill mastery. ($150, coleman.com)

With your college years behind you—and football season upon us—it’s high time your tailgating party graduated from supermarket hot dogs and plastic cups of beer. Our upscale upgrade features a surf-and-turf grilling menu worthy of an Iron Chef (Wolfgang Puck, to be exact), top-shelf champagne cocktails (from the world’s greatest bar, no less) and the coolest vintage-inspired fashion and gear. Take a cue from the following pages and you may need to put up a red velvet rope.

Click here to gear up! Click here to drink up! Click here to eat up!

Surf and Astroturf - Wolfgang puck's dream grill

As if two incredibly masculine proteins weren’t enough, you’ll be grilling them over hardwood. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll be doing it the way Wolfgang Puck does. And when Puck says, “Grill this,” you’re advised to listen. Here’s how he grills his lobster. As for steak, cook well-salted one-and-a-half-inch-thick New York strips to a juicy medium rare.

The main event

Restaurants don’t want you to know it, but there’s a lobster glut this year and prices have dropped. You have no excuse not to splurge.


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