When I moved to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle, I was happy about the wealth of division I football in the area. Sure, none of the teams in the area are national powerhouses (although UNC and NC State both broke into the top 25 rankings before slipping out) but they are big universities with big university atmosphere and stadiums.

Serena and Emily

You can imagine my excitement as the date to the NC State / Boston College game drew closer. The previous week I witnessed my first big college football game at NC State’s Carter-Finley stadium where the Wolf pack blew a huge lead, their undefeated record and top 25 ranking against Virginia Tech.

JELLO SHOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ribs & Sausage Kabobs

 My anticipation was heightened because I had been mentally preparing what to cook for the tailgate (for days leading up to the big event). The plan was to make Moink Balls, ribs, sausage kabobs, and fresh guacamole  all while consuming beer and jello shots through plastic syringes. Due to meticulous planning and preparation the car was packed and ready to go early Saturday morning. When our friends Tec and Emily arrived we hit the road towards Carter-Finley Stadium.

Pictures with another passed out stranger

When we arrived at the stadium, my eagerness led me to nearly mow down a State Trooper after asking him where I could park. In my opinion of the incident he was half to blame for sending me mixed signals, Serena would disagree and lay most of the blame on my childlike enthusiasm and impatience.

Sausage Kabobs



It was a perfect sunny day and after immersing ourselves in way too much food and drink, we migrated towards the stadium in a sea of red and white. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as state put the smack down on the golden eagles.

I think this was right before Serena's Jumbotron dance

I am starting to think Serena is a jumbo-tron magnet as this is the second sporting event that she has made it on the big screen(and I ended up being that guy trying to squeeze into the picture looking the wrong way). This time her two-minute dance in the aisle to the marching band in her Halloween mask (it was way before Halloween) during a timeout was enough to solicit the camera’s attention. When we walked through the parking lot at half-time I can’t tell you how many times we heard “hey it’s the girl who was dancing on the jumbo-tron”.

Me, Serena and Tec, not sure why we jump on this truck.

We had a great day at the stadium combining two of my favorite things, tailgating and football. Nothing beats the warm sun on your face, a cold beer in your hand,  while the intoxicating smell of grilled meats emits from grills near and far. The weather is getting cooler and while I am not sure how many more good tailgate we will get in it won’t stop us from making a tailgate atmosphere at our place on the weekends.

Below is the recipe for Moink Balls for you try at your next tailgate:

Moink balls and ribs

1 package of raw bacon

1lb ground beef

1lb ground pork

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 egg

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 tbls worchestershire sauce

1 tbls dried parsley

1 tbls dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste


your favorite bbq sauce

Combine all ingredients (except bacon) in a bowl and mix well.

Pack 1/4 cup of meat mixture into measuring cup then roll into a ball. Wrap with a slice of bacon, put a toothpick through bacon to secure the bacon and repeat until all the mixture is used.

Cook for approximately 10 minutes on a hot grill. Rotate the ball to allow all sides of the bacon to become crispy.

**TIP: Have a hot zone and a cool zone to allow balls to  go if the bacon grease is causing large flare ups. Also keep a spray bottle with water to help control flare ups, the fire will get as excited about the bacon as you**

Brush with BBQ sauce and serve

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  1. Dave
    November 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    This looks awesome and like A LOT of fun. I tailgated at Army Navy in 03 and this year I went to my first real deal college football games in LSU v. Miss. St (boring) and LSU v. Alabama (what do you think? lol). If we get stationed at Camp Lejeune, we MUST meet up and do some tailgating. We’re overdue! Keep me updated homey, i’m lovin what you’re doin with the blog

    • November 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

      thanks dave, yeah those are some good games you went to. If you get this way we will do it up a few times.

  2. eric
    November 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Nice post, the funny thing is that i was at that game and saw this girl on the big screen…LOLOL.


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