I moved to Colorado in 1998 and I’ll never forget going to my cousin Krista’s house to watch the 1999 Super Bowl game. It was the Denver Broncos against the Atlanta Falcons. The Broncos were on a winning streak and were already Super Bowl champions from the year before against the Green Bay Packers.
My Colorado family was huddled around the television in the living room and were jumping up and down and screaming their heads off when the Broncos defeated the Falcons. I was loving every minute of it – seeing my cousins’ excitement was so contagious.
The Broncos didn’t go to the Super Bowl again until 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks and that was an embarrassing blowout. But did my Colorado family lose faith? No! They have been Bronco fans through and through.
Then the Broncos came back in 2016 and had an amazing win against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Growing up in El Paso, I grew up being a Dallas Cowboys fan and secretly wished to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader when I grew up. LOL!
I am still a Cowboys fan at heart, but have slowly been converted to love the Broncos too. How could I not? I have lived in Denver for 20 years now. Wow, time sure has flown by!
My cousin Brenda loves the Broncos and her and her husband, Augi have been going to home games for 15 years. Not only do they attend every home game but for the last 10 years have hosted tailgate celebrations at the stadium before every home game with two other couples.
I asked my cousin Brenda if I can film their tailgating adventures and she happily agreed – I’d like to thank her and her husband Augi, and the other couples that they coordinate this effort with. Three couples are united as they are united in orange to host these amazing tailgate events.
Thank you, Lisa, Ron, Diane, and Rick. Thank you for hosting these tailgates and for sharing your team pride for the Broncos with open arms.
Together they pitch in to make food galore for friends and family who want to celebrate before every home game.
This tailgate was Tex-Mex themed since they played the Texans and they set out an unbelievable street taco bar feast.
How fancy is this? They converted a motorcycle trailer into a decked-out space with integrated speakers, a beer tap, TV area, and a fully stocked bar inside.
This tailgate was beyond special with amazing guests that stopped by – Ken Salazar, U.S. Senator from Colorado.
Jared Polis, the newly elected Governor for Colorado and Jena Griswold, Colorado’s Secretary of State.
Watch this video to see all the Broncos tailgating fun where you will see team pride everywhere – food, drinks, decked out space, dancing, and games.
The most important thing I learned about tailgating is, it’s not all sports talk.
I’m not a huge sports fan and what I like about it, is that everyone is not just talking football – it’s not even about that. It’s just about the event and getting together. It’s a reunion — a beautiful gathering.
Watch this video to see the Bloody-Mary Bar I set out for the tailgate.
Whether they like them spicy, tangy or mild, your guests will have a blast mixing up their own Bloody Mary’s — and the best part is you can have fun and not be on bartender duty.
Let everyone make their own Bloody Mary with Private Selection Bloody Mary cocktail mixer and Kroger tomato juice for a customizable base as well as a selection of garnishes, spices, and toppings, all of which you can pick up at your nearest King Soopers.
Seasonings make a big difference so I set out spicy Tajin and coarse salt.
Tabasco and Worcestershire are the cocktail’s classic partners, but don’t stop there. Set out garnishes like celery stalks, lemon and limes, and surprising finishing touches like cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini’s, and assorted green olives.
And of course, the booze – vodka is classic, but for a Latin twist, try tequila for a Bloody Maria.
Place toothpicks in a glass or football koozie around the bar so guests can spear their garnishes.
King Soopers is my one-stop shop for a Broncos tailgate — cornhole, apparel, and all the food and drink that one would need.
Bloody Mary Bar
- Pour some Tajin and salt onto small plates.
- Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a glass.
- Roll the outer edge of the glass in Tajin or salt until fully coated.
- Fill with ice and add Bloody Mary mix or tomato juice, vodka or tequila, and season with spices and garnishes of your choice.
I’d love to see what you cook!
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