Homegating, throwing a sports viewing party at home, is becoming more and more popular because of the increased prices of sporting events and bad weather surrounding some games. The cost to attend these events is getting too expensive and then even after you have spent all that money for a ticket there are traveling, boarding, food, drink, parking, and memorabilia costs. Homegating is so much easier than tailgating and your wallet will be a lot happier. There is really no place like home for the big game!
Here are 10 tips to make your Homegating an awesome crowd pleasing experience...
- Decorate your home inside and out like a champion with your favorite team's colors and logos. Banners, streamers, balloons, buntings, flags, coasters, wall stickers, lights, throw pillows, throws, etc., make the party more inviting. If you are having a backyard homegate make sure your patio/deck is cleaned, prepared, decorated with seating and patio heater/firepit to keep everyone comfy.
- Dress up with your favorite team's jersey and colors. Go all out and let everyone know whose side you are rooting for by painting your face, hair, and/or nails.
- Have the big screen and sound system ready for action.
- Have enough cozy seating for your you and your guests where all can enjoy the game.
- Make sure to have enough yummy, mouthwatering food (smoked or grilled meat, sides, desserts, snacks, dips and sauces, etc.) and beverages (don't forget the non-alcoholic cocktails and soda pop!) on hand and more than enough refrigerator/table/cooler space to store it all before and during the game.
- Keep your food warm with a slow cooker crock and your drinks cool with a ice chest.
- Make sure your grill is cleaned, prepped, and in great working order with enough propane or charcoal to get you through before you start grilling.
- Go the extra mile with a Camerons Stovetop Smoker and Camerons Wood Chips for fantastic smoked meat and veggies!
- Have fun activities ready to occupy your guests during breaks and/or commercials.
- Don't forget your camera, tablet, or smartphone. You don't want to miss taking pictures of your guests and spread, or telling your social media outlets scores and play-by-plays of super moves.
About the Camerons Stovetop Smoker:
- Stainless steel smoker works over any heat source, including open flame, oven, grill, or stovetop. Induction capable. Can smoke large and small items on any heat surface!
- Smokes meat, fish, poultry, seafood and vegetables.
- Pan with cover is made of durable stainless-steel; dishwasher-safe.
- Doubles as a steamer, so you really get two great cookers in one product!
- Includes samples of two woodchip flavors and recipes.
- One year manufacturers warranty.
- Original Standard: $49.99 and Original Mini: $34.99 arv
About the Camerons Stovetop Wood Chips:
- 100% natural wood chips - kiln dried with no additives.
- Comes in 9 flavors: alder, apple, bourbon soaked oak, cherry, hickory, maple, mesquite, oak, and pecan.
- Superfine ground chips perfect for indoor smoking.
- Can be used in any smoker including the Stovetop Smoker.
- Starts to smolder quickly and combusts 100% within 20 minutes.
- 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons create perfect flavor infusion.
- Packed in resealable plastic tubs.
- No expiration date.
- Made in USA.
- 10-pack (1 pint of each flavor plus two hickory, unless you specify different): $34.00 arv
I love Camerons Stovetop Smoker! I've never had an indoor smoker and this makes smoking meat and veggies super easy. Since it is stainless steel it is simple to clean too! We received the smoker and the two samples of wood chips that came with it in the box were Hickory and Oak. I also got a larger tub of Alder wood chips separately. I decided to make an Alder Smoked Salmon according to the directions that came with the Stovetop Smoker and make it into a yummy dip or spread for crackers. I did find that the cooking time was about 55 minutes for a 2 pound fish instead of the 25 they suggest; although, my salmon was thick. I also added foil to the drip plate and sprayed the rack with olive oil for easier cleanup. My house smelled so good while the salmon was being smoked! Make sure you have your overhead stove vent on because it does smoke a little out the corners of the lid. This would be an easy, delicious side to make pre-game so that it can chill in the fridge prior to game day.
Alder Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 12 ounces Alder smoked salmon, flaked
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 3 drops hot pepper sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon squeezed)
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