While it may seem like a hassle to bring along a grill and cooking supplies, the right grill is a must if you want to avoid looking like an amateur. A staggering 96 percent of tailgating fans plan to grill on their next outing, and nearly half bring more than one grill to the party [source: Bonne]. Not only will you save money on food and allow yourself more control over what you eat, there's just something about the smell of food on the grill that screams game day for many sports fans.
While cookout fans may continue to debate the merits of gas versus charcoal, save yourself the hassle and simply choose the type of grill that's most convenient for you. Look for a model that's lightweight and easy to set up but also features a large cooking surface to feed the entire crew. Don't forget to bring the grilling accessories, including cooking tools, charcoal, propane and anything else you need to ensure a successful and satisfying tailgate.