The countdown to Husker Football kickoff has officially begun all across Nebraska, if fact, it started several weeks ago. (For some it started right after last season’s bowl game.) That means tailgating! A gathering of good friends and food for a great game! Recently, I saw a report about the price of a summer picnic and a lot of the same foods are commonly served at a tailgates. I thought it might be useful to pass the information along. While the cost is up slightly, a summer picnic or tailgate for 10 people still costs less than $6 per person.
The study was done by the American Farm Bureau Federation. It looked at a meal that includes the nation’s favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk.
Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, or $5.87 per person. That’s about a 5-percent increase compared to a year ago.
We’ve probably all noticed beef and pork prices going up, that’s because the nation’s cattle herd is at a historically small level and the inventory of hogs is also down. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find delectable meat cuts and ingredients for side dishes.
AFBF’s menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.
A total of 84 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 25 states checked retail prices for summer picnic foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey.
My personal favorite tailgating meal is BBQ ribs or hot wings! I can’t wait to see that first tunnel walk!
Go Big Red!