Tailgate Grilling Guide

Tailgate Grilling Guide from PECOS Outdoor

Football offseason is fast approaching. But as we get a break from football season our passion does not rest. So what better way to spend our time than preparing for next season’s tailgating? An integral part of game day, tailgating in the parking lot has become just as tradition-filled as the game itself. If you’re gearing up to host the perfect tailgate next season with top-notch grilling, then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the tailgate grilling guide brought to you by PECOS Outdoor.

Today, we are going to walk you through what it takes to convert your available parking space into a tailgate haven. Whether you are an experienced tailgater or just getting your first tailgate permit, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know to ensure you’re the fan favorite on game day. 

We’ll be covering all you need to know about tailgating. Starting with selecting the best location for your tailgate party, the rules and regulations you need to bear in mind in any parking area, and of course, some grilling tips. Our goal is to ensure your tailgate setup will be the pride and joy of the pregame. With everyone huddled around the grill, you don’t want to drop the ball.

Getting Ready for The Tailgate 

As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. You’ve committed to hosting a tailgate this football season, and now the real work begins. Let’s dive right into the pre-game preparation that will set the stage for your tailgate party. 

Nailing Down the Location

First off, it’s all about location, location, location. You’ll want to make the most of your allocated parking space. It is crucial to pick the right spot early to secure a prime tailgate location. This means getting a valid parking pass or tailgate permit if necessary and familiarizing yourself with the rules governing the parking lot or parking area you’ll be using. 

Part of securing that prime spot involves getting to know the parking area rules. This can include regulations about pedestrian traffic, the use of golf carts, and even restrictions around glass containers, which are often prohibited at tailgate parties. Be aware of the rules for different parking decks or spaces within a parking garage. Make sure to review and adhere to these regulations to keep your tailgate running smoothly.

What You Need

Next, let’s get equipped. Frankly, it’s just not a tailgate without a grill. The question is, what kind of grill should you get? Charcoal grilled foods have a distinct, smoky flavor that’s hard to replicate on a propane grill. But propane is undeniably more convenient. We recommend you do a good bit of research into what grill you want to use, but if you want the best on the market we suggest you check out the cookers from Mill Scale Metalworks.

Don’t forget a strong portable table either. You’re going to need somewhere to set out your condiments, plate up those juicy burgers, place your drinks, and showcase your hot dogs fresh off the grill. The badass table from PECOS Outdoor is easy to assemble, remarkably sturdy, and designed to fit perfectly in your tailgate area. With the right table, you have one less thing to worry about when football season rolls around. And that’s not all it is good for, you can get plenty of use of your PECOS Workstation year-round in all your adventures.

Tailgate Grilling 101 from PECOS Outdoor

Grilling and tailgating go hand in hand, just like the fall and football games. The sound of sizzling steaks, burgers, and dogs on the grill, combined with the chatter of fellow fans, makes for an amazing game-day atmosphere. Let’s get the charcoal glowing on the grill as we turn our parking space into the ultimate tailgate cookout. 

Set Up Your Grill

To start, you should be aware of your grill setup. Whether it’s a portable grill, charcoal grill, or propane grill the setup process is an essential pre-step that ensures successful grilling. For gas grills, always double-check connections using a soapy water solution (the solution will bubble when dabbed onto a gas leak). And for our charcoal fans, make sure your coals are evenly spread and glowing red before grilling. With the portable and easy-to-use PECOS Table, grill setup can be a breeze.

What Should You Make?

Here’s our ultimate secret to great tailgate grilling – keep it simple. When you’re preparing for a multitude of hungry football fans, focus on dishes that you can make in scale with little fuss. It is always a good play to stick to favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers. Another option that we are a proponent of down here in Texas is smoking brisket overnight. You then have your grilling out of the way and have plenty of top-quality meat to feed your guests. These options are easy, and you can never go wrong with the classics. 

Tailgate Grilling Safety

We want to reiterate that safety is a critical aspect of tailgating. With a propane tank or open flame involved, be aware of your surroundings. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand and maintain a safe distance from cars, pedestrian traffic, and crowds when setting up your grill. Remember, safety should never be compromised. 

Importantly, a good tailgate host keeps the grill and grilling area clean. Keep trash bags close by and regularly clear away any waste materials (Pro Tip: PECOS Trash Bag Ring makes the cleanup easy). After each use, clean your grill to ensure its longevity and preserve its high performance. It’s also a good idea to have a separate portable table or space where you can place cooked food to avoid cross-contamination (Eh-em… PECOS Table). 

Enjoying the Tailgate Party 

Having set the stage and fired up the grill, it’s time to delve into the fun part – enjoying the tailgate atmosphere and the camaraderie that comes with game day.

How to Bring the Stadium Atmosphere to Your Grilling

The heart and soul of a tailgate party is the community it brings together. United in love for your favorite team, fans sporting their team’s colors, huddled around grills, become part of an extended family. We suggest you buy in and decorate your tailgate space in the colors of your team, play your team’s favorite tunes, and even incorporate team spirit into your grilling. You can cook themed foods based on the mascot of the enemy team or use a branded grill spatula to sear your meat with your team’s logo.

Whether you’re grilling hot dogs, flipping burgers, or serving the perfect Bloody Mary, the secret to a good tailgate lies in creating foods that satisfy a range of tastes. The key is balancing your menu between classic staples, like hot dogs and burgers, and introducing some interesting options. And since a great tailgate party is also about sharing, make sure your portable table is laden with food to feed your guests.

Don’t Forget About the Games

Remember, the tailgate area is more than just a place to eat and fuel up before the big game. It’s a bustling hub, teeming with energy and excitement. Participating in pre-game festivities such as a friendly cornhole game, or a game of two-hand touch football will elevate your tailgating experience. Having a few games and activities ready to rock will get everyone in the competitive spirit.

As the host, make sure that the time leading up to the game is fun and engaging for everyone. It is all about creating lasting memories beyond the football game’s final score.

The Cleanup & How PECOS Can Help

With kickoff around the corner and the gameday atmosphere in full swing, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that your epic tailgate party won’t go on forever. As you’ve been a great host – grilling up classics and fueling the fun – it’s essential to finish strong with responsible cleanup.

Being the host of the party also puts you in charge of maintaining the tailgate space. At the end of the festivities, it’s not just about packing up your grill, folding up your badass PECOS Table, and heading off to the game, you also need to make sure you’re leaving your area just as clean as it was before you got there. 

Make a conscious effort to clean up all trash in your parking area, using the trash bags you have hanging handily from your PECOS Table. Remember to fully extinguish your charcoal grill, disconnect your propane tank, and secure your portable grill for transport. An idle, still-hot grill could lead to a disastrous fire. Not only does this make you a responsible tailgate host, but it demonstrates respect for the university property. 

So, who’s ready for next season to get underway? With a little help from PECOS Outdoor, you are well on your way to becoming a local tailgating legend.

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men

Since the holiday season is upon us, what better time to start thinking about the best outdoor gifts for the outdoorsman in your life? We’ve drawn on our expertise to guide you toward finding gifts that perfectly suit the outdoor lifestyle. At PECOS Outdoor, we believe that durability, practicality, and authenticity make all the difference, making PECOS your go-to source for outdoor products.

Thinking about what to gift the outdoor enthusiast in your life can feel like a challenging task. Whether it’s your dad who loves camping, your husband who enjoys long hikes, or your son who’s an avid fisherman, choosing the right gift is a stressful task. But what makes up a thoughtful gift? To answer that, we’ve compiled several unique outdoor gift ideas for men who love the wilderness. 

The Perfect Camping & Hiking Gifts

Camping and hiking require a mix of resilience, practicality, and comfort. So let’s check out some essential camping and hiking gear for our outdoorsy guys out there.

A Rechargeable Portable Battery

Next on the list is a staple of the outdoors – a rechargeable battery. Camping trips and day hikes can be unpredictable. Having a reliable power source can be a life-saving gadget under these circumstances, especially when access to civilization might be limited. This practical item is an excellent gift that any camper or hiker will appreciate. 

Turtlebox

What better to have in the great outdoors than some good music? The Turtlebox is one of our personal favorites thanks to its robust design that holds up in any environment. Whether you are camping, hiking, or enjoying the outdoors in any other capacity, the Turtlebox is a fantastic gift that keeps on giving the gift of music.

A Camp Stove

Unlike campfires, which can be unpredictable and banned in certain areas, a camp stove offers a consistent and controllable heat source, making it easier to prepare various meals. It’s also portable and easy to set up, making it ideal for different camping environments, from remote backcountry locations to established campgrounds. Our personal favorite is the Presidio Fire Pit from Mill Scale, which has the unique capability of operating as a firepit or a camp stove! 

Truck Bed Storage Solutions

One constant pain for those who love to traverse the outdoors is storage. Thankfully, the experts at DECKED have thought of the perfect solution. Their truck bed storage has been a game-changer for us over here at PECOS and we know your man will love their products too!

The PECOS Table

Lastly, camping and hiking shouldn’t have to mean roughing it in all regards. Here at PECOS Outdoor, we believe outdoor enthusiasts deserve a bit of luxury too. That’s why we’ve developed the PECOS Table. Consider this – you’re in the middle of nowhere and need a stable, sturdy surface to prepare and cook your food. That’s where PECOS’ table fits in. Made of high-quality, durable materials, this table can hold up to 3200 pounds, counterbalance on any terrain, and even withstand up to 60 mph winds. That’s not just convenient; that’s badass.

Getting ready for outdoor adventures is not just about packing your bag and setting off; it’s also about equipping yourself with the right tools for your journey. Remember, gifts that make the recipient’s experiences safer, easier, and more comfortable are always a good bet.

Outdoor Gifts for Hunting & Fishing

When you’ve got a man in your life who appreciates a sunrise over a calm lake or the challenge of navigating the wilderness during hunting season, you know that ordinary gifts won’t cut it. Let’s dive into the sort of outdoorsy gifts that are perfect for those who love to hunt and fish.

Merino Wool Clothing

First on our list is merino wool clothing. This is a great option because it combines the warmth of wool with moisture-wicking technology. It’s perfect for those chilly morning fishing trips or long hunts during fall. Plus, they help regulate body temperature, providing comfort throughout long adventures.

A Lightweight Jacket

For someone who can’t get enough of long days in the great outdoors, a lightweight jacket is invaluable. Whether it’s for protection against the sun or a sudden shift in weather conditions, this item is a must-have for every hunter or fisherman. Our friends at Duck Camp make some badass jackets (as well as other clothing) made specifically for hunting. Give them a look! 

A Trusty Water Bottle

Next, for those long hunts or fishing trips, a durable water bottle can be a lifesaver. It’s essential to stay hydrated while engaging in outdoor activities. And don’t forget, a water bottle that maintains the content’s temperature for hours can be vital. A high-quality stainless steel water bottle not only looks good but also withstands challenging elements out in the wild. 

Portable Solar Panel

Similarly to the rechargeable battery, another great gift idea that might not be on everyone’s list is a portable solar panel. Powering devices is a constant challenge in the wilderness. Having a portable, water-resistant solar panel offers a reliable charging solution off the grid – a thoughtful gift for any hunter or fisherman.

The PECOS Table

In rugged conditions, no ordinary table will do. That’s why the PECOS badass table is an essential tool for hunting or fishing expeditions. Its ability to withstand up to carry up to 3200 lbs and balance on any terrain is just what you need when gutting a fish or cleaning game in the field.

Many think that the best gift is always something luxurious, but, as we all know, there is no one-size-fits-all gift for hunters and anglers. However, thoughtful gifts like these show a deep understanding of the outdoorsman’s needs, making them an awesome gift.

The Perfect BBQ Gifts

We would be amiss to not include some gifts for barbeque lovers as well. Our table works great as a pitmaster’s wingman so we know a thing or two about what will make that special someone in your life happy. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for outdoorsmen who love to light up a smoker:

 

A World-class Smoker

At the top of our list is none other than a trusty smoker. Nothing will make your man happier than receiving a gorgeous smoker that he can use to feed his family for the rest of his life. When purchasing a smoker you are picking a lifelong piece of equipment, that is why we recommend you take a look at the incredible smokers made by Mill Scale. These smokers are built to last, made with only the highest quality steel and industrial-grade hardware. 

Some Premium Cuts of Meat

Once you have your trusty smoker you now need to get your meats. Like with your smoker, it is important not to cut corners on good meats. We source our meats from Force of Nature Meats and we can confidently say there is no higher quality cut available on the market today. In addition to making a delicious product, Force of Nature Meats helps support the environment – something imperative to every true outdoors enthusiast.

BBQ Seasonings & Dry Rubs

Well, we have given you our top smoker as well as our go-to cuts of meat so what is left? The answer: don’t forget that seasoning! A good BBQ seasoning is what will take your backyard barbeques to the next level. There are plenty of good seasonings on the market but our personal favorite is the Fab 5 from Meat Church. No one knows Texas BBQ better than Matt Pittman so who better to trust to season the meat your loved one worked so hard on? 

Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Gift

It is important to remember that it doesn’t always have to be a special occasion to give a gift. Whether it is Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or a simple “I appreciate you” the right gift can mean the world to your loved ones, especially when that gift resonates with their passion for the great outdoors.

Durability & Reliability

Remember that investing in high-quality materials for outdoor gear is crucial. A quality product will last longer and perform better over time. This extra cost may seem an uphill task, but it pays off in the long run.

Consider His Interests & Preferences

Choosing a gift for an outdoorsman may involve some thought, especially if you aren’t a particularly outdoorsy person yourself. The key is to think about what sort of adventures your man loves. Is he into camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, or some combination of these? Consider, too, his habits and preferences. Does he prefer solo adventures or group excursions? Is he a minimalist at heart, or does he love to carry an array of gadgets? Thinking about these things can guide you to find that ideal gift.

Our Products are Made with Versatility in Mind

Here at PECOS Outdoor, we have carefully crafted our products to meet the needs of every outdoorsman. The PECOS Table, for example, is not just for campsites or hunting grounds. It’s also great for tailgating, road trips, or even a backyard barbecue. It’s our pride in product versatility and quality that makes it a perfect gift for someone who loves the outdoors. 

Whether he is off to a national park for a weekend or simply hitting his favorite fishing hole, all his adventures require essential tools. The awesome gift you choose now could end up being his favorite companion on his future adventures.

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men: Wrap-Up

So, there you have it. Our detailed guide spanning across several outdoor activities with hand-picked gift ideas that are sure to impress outdoorsmen. Be it camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing, we’ve covered a range of practical items with a particular emphasis on quality, longevity, and usability.

Where PECOS Comes In

Our standout recommendation, the PECOS Table, is a testament to our commitment to crafting a product that is created from our own passion for the outdoors. With its extreme resistance and best-in-class stability, our badass table is a product that embodies the true essence of outdoorsmen.

So what are you waiting for? Unleash the adventurer in your life by presenting him with the perfect outdoor gift. After all, the best gift is not in its contents, but in its thoughtfulness and longevity. It’s giving the right tool for the most memorable adventures – that’s where the true spirit of gift-giving lies.

 

How to Clean a Traeger Grill

Every true grill master one day learns that cleaning their trusty BBQ makin’ machine is just as important as selecting the best cuts of meat. You may have noticed that ordinary cleaning methods and tools can sometimes fall short when trying to remove stubborn grease, and food particles stuck in hard-to-reach areas. That’s why we at PECOS Outdoor have put together this simple-to-follow guide on how to get that old as dirt grill back into top shape. 

In this blog, we put a special focus on Traeger grills, one of the most well-known models in the pellet grill industry. Now no need to worry, if you’re looking for a guide to cleaning another type of pellet grill, this blog can really serve as a guide on how to clean any grill. So without further ado, it’s time for some serious grill TLC – the PECOS way.

Importance of Regular Grill Maintenance and Possible Hazards

Before diving into the nitty-gritty of deep-cleaning your Traeger grill, let’s take a look at why it’s so important. Remember the old saying – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? The same goes for your beloved pellet grill. Consistent cleaning keeps your grill ready for use and prevents long-term damage.

Fire Hazards

When your grill is not appropriately cleaned on a regular basis, the grates get coated in baked-on grease and food particles. This build-up can cause flare-ups or even ignite a dangerous and damaging grease fire. Since the grease bucket is connected to the grill via a grease chute, the risk is not only potential food contamination but also an unexpected bucket fire.

Internal Damage & Bacteria

Moreover, lack of maintenance might also lead to wear and tear of the internal components. The accumulated debris can get in the way of the heat baffle affecting the correct temperature for cooking. Also, food build-up in the grill grate may breed bacteria that could contaminate your food, leading to health risks. Ignoring regular maintenance of the pellet smoker can even lead to degraded smoke flavor, which might ruin your carefully prepared meals.

Pests & Insects

A poorly maintained grill is also an open welcome for pests and insects. Without a regular cleaning routine, wasps and other insects may seek a home in narrow areas such as drip trays, grease traps, and even the pellet compartments, blocking the proper flow and operation of the grill.

Performance

Finally, keep in mind that regular cleaning directly influences the performance and durability of your grill. Regular care helps maintain the grill’s integrity, contributing to the efficient use of wood pellets and better heat management for perfectly cooked food.

In essence, to ensure your Traeger grill functions at its peak performance and continues to serve you up with those fine smoked dishes, it’s necessary to stick to a regular cleaning routine. Beyond reducing hazards, it’s a guarantee for prolonging the life expectancy of your grill, helping you get the most out of your investment.

Step-By-Step Guide: How to Clean a Traeger Grill

Having acknowledged the importance of keeping your Traeger grill clean, it’s time to dive into the step-by-step guide on how to clean each core component. Begin with gathering the necessary cleaning supplies:

  • grill brush or stainless steel wire brush
  • abrasive cleaners
  • warm soapy water
  • disposable rag
  • heavy-duty paper towels
  • shop vac

Equipped with these tools, you’re ready to restore your Traeger grill back to its prime. Grill experts recommend engaging in this deep cleaning process at least once a year with a minimum clean-up after every use. The minimum cleanup involves simply turning your grill up to high heat after each use to let the food waste and bacteria burn off. Then simply hit the grate with your favorite grill brush. By maintaining your grill on a regular basis, you will reduce the frequency with which you have to deep clean it. 

Here is a step-by-step on how to deep clean your grill:

  1. Grill Grates: Start by removing the grill grates. For optimal results, soak them in warm soapy water to loosen up all the stubborn food residue. You can utilize an abrasive cleaner or stainless steel wire brush for scrubbing. Remember to clean both sides of the grates. Be cautious not to use harsh chemicals that could damage the porcelain coating or infuse harmful residue into the next meal you cook.
  2. Drip Tray: Drip trays and pans catch the majority of the grill’s grease and overflow. Remove them carefully to avoid spilling any residual grease. Use a scraper to remove hardened grease gently and then wash using warm soapy water. If the drip tray is covered in aluminum foil, replace it after each cleaning. 
  3. Grease Bucket & Liner: The grease bucket comes equipped with a disposable liner for easy clean-up. All you need is to remove the old liner and clean the bucket with a grill brush + warm soapy water before inserting a new liner. 
  4. Heat Baffles, Fire Pot, & Internal Components: Our next target is the heat baffle and fire pot. Remove them gently and clean the parts using a combination of a grill brush and, you guessed it, warm soapy water. Using a shop vac or shop vacuum, vacuum out the pellets from the fire pot. This also applies to other internal components where ash residue or pellets might accumulate but are hard to reach. 
  5. Smoke Tube: Accumulated grease and food particles can block the smoke tube and affect the grill’s performance. Cleaning it with a specialized brush should do the trick. If you are still having trouble, some high-pressure air or water may loosen it up.

After cleaning each part, make sure to rinse off any soap before moving to the drying step. It is critical to make sure each component is thoroughly dried before reassembly (this will prevent rusting). In the case of stubborn baked-on grease and food debris, use a natural cleaner (to avoid harmful chemicals) along with some heavy-duty paper towels (that should be conveniently within reach on your PECOS Paper Towel Holder) to provide the right level of abrasion without harming the surfaces of your Traeger grill. Avoid abrasive cleaners, scrubbing pads, or metal brushes that could scratch or damage these surfaces.

How PECOS Can Improve Your Grill Cleaning Experience

Now that we have taken you through the essentials of maintaining and cleaning your Traeger grill, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a companion to make the mission a bit easier and organized? Enter the PECOS Workstation, a trusty partner in both your grilling and grill cleaning operation.

Meet the PECOS Workstation

PECOS Workstation is designed with the modern grill master in mind, tailored to accommodate all your cleaning needs. With an FDA-compliant plastic surface, it conceptually unifies stability and convenience. A functional aid for undertaking thorough cleaning operations and even quick wipe-downs after cooking, this table revolutionizes your outdoor adventures.

PECOS Attachments

Several features accompany our PECOS Workstation. They include the PECOS Trash Bag Ring, an excellent aid in keeping your area tidy while cleaning. The disposable grease bucket liners and other waste can be disposed of securely, keeping your workspace clutter-free. To further assist in the cleaning process, PECOS presents the Hang-it Hook. This is crafted specifically to hang your grill brush and other tools, providing easy access during cleaning. Last but not least, we couldn’t forget your beer. Cleaning might sound like a chore, and that’s when our PECOS Beverage Holder becomes a savior. A quick drink while hard at work never hurt nobody.

Now, you are not only armed with the information necessary to clean a Traeger grill effectively, but also have a reliable partner in PECOS Outdoor to make the process organized, efficient, and enjoyable.

How to Clean a Traeger Grill: Wrap-Up

Cleaning your Traeger grill is a necessary task that greatly improves your grilling experience. By cleaning on a regular basis, you ensure that your grill can provide maximum performance, continue delivering that beloved smokey flavor, and reduce the potential for hazards like grease fires.

Remember, cleaning the grill doesn’t need to be a grueling task. With the assistance of PECOS Outdoor and our range of innovative products – including the PECOS Workstation and its handy attachments – the process can be made enjoyable. 

So go ahead, fire up the Traeger, and get grilling! Rest assured, when it comes to cleaning time, we at PECOS have you covered.

 

Features & Tech

 

Pecos table Features

The Pecos table is manufactured in the United States of America using the best materials we could find. Pecos is built to last.

 

The Surface: Available in 2 colors – Buckskin Tan & Blanco White. FLOATS IN WATER WITH ALL LEGS

  1. HDPE rotomolded plastic – the surface is made of plastic which means it can melt under extreme temperatures. The mold is foam-infused, keeping it dense, but light-weight. When BBQing on the Pecos, we recommend using grills/stoves that are propped up on stilts. We also recommend using a walnut cutting board under the grill/stove to block the heat from the surface.
  2. Blood River – The outer rim of the surface is the ‘Blood River.’ This was designed intentionally to catch any running liquids from spilling off the edge. On one end of the table there is a little outlet cut out. Put your trash bag attachment on this end so the liquids will run into the trash.
  3. Handle – The design of the surface has an integrated handle cut-out on the underside of the surface. Carry your Pecos like a briefcase. 
  4. Dimensions – 20” x 38”
  5. Height – 34”

The Bridge: Refers to the two brackets that house the legs. Every metal component is either aircraft-grade aluminum or stainless steel. No corrosion or rust.

  1. Leg locks – The leg locks are located inside the bridge. These are spring-loaded latches that lock the legs into the bridge when stowed.
  2. Stoppers – There are 4 rubber stoppers located in the corners of the bridges. These help the table grip onto surfaces when stowed away.
  3. Tie-down points – Nearby the Stoppers, there are 4 cutouts in the bridge that allow a rope, or ratchet strap to run through in order to tie down your table to a rack, or cinch down to the deck of a boat for maximum stability in unstable environments.
  4. SocketsThe sockets are where the legs are inserted. These sockets are patented with our quarter-turn locking technology -inspired by a bolt-action rifle. With just a quarter twist, the legs are locked in. You don’t need to screw in the table, or take your hand off the leg to lock these in.

Legs:

  1. The Feet the feet of the legs extend out 1.5 inches. This allows you to get your Pecos level on rugged and uneven terrain. The bottoms of the feet are equipped with rubber stoppers to help grip onto surfaces. The feet are also orbital, allowing for the legs to pivot on jagged terrain.
  2. The shaft Made of Aircraft-grade aluminum and comes in 8 different colors.
  3. Bolt – The bolt at the top of the leg integrates with sockets in the bridge. These are part of our patented quarter-turn locking system. Just beneath the bolt is a rubber gasket that helps the leg grip into place with the socket.