(Family Features) With summer concert season in full swing, it's time to enjoy great music outdoors. So grab your friends and fire up the grill for pre-concert tailgate fun.
Bringing two summer favorites together - music and barbecue - Kingsford charcoal has partnered with the two-time Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band to offer fans concert tickets and a chance to enjoy a grilled meal with the band before shows.
Dynamic live shows and home-style cooking have been part of the band's playlist since the early days when the musicians started jamming at Zac's Place, a restaurant located outside of Atlanta and formerly owned by front man Zac Brown and his dad. The band now takes the restaurant on the road with the famous Eat & Greet.
Grilled to Perfection, Dinner with the Band
America's favorite charcoal is helping amp up traditional concert fare by sponsoring pre-show events spotlighting the Zac and Chef Rusty's Southern recipes. Fans will enjoy food prepared by Southern Ground Executive Chef, Rusty Hamlin, while interacting with the band and enjoying performances from other Southern Ground Recording artists. "We appreciate our fans, which is why we're working to make the concert experience even better, by capturing all five senses," said Brown.
Tips for Your Own Rockin' Barbecue
Whether you are tailgating before a concert or rocking out in your backyard, Chef Rusty has sure-fire recipes and tips to help impress a hungry crowd of concert goers:
Opening Act: Impress guests with delicious appetizers. Try the recipe for 'Cued Country Beet Salad from Southern Ground Executive Chef, Rusty Hamlin. Yes, even salad can be prepared on the grill.
Front Row Seats: Line your grill with aluminum foil for easy clean up of spent charcoal. The faster you clean your grill, the faster you'll get to the front row.
Turn up the Flavor: Closing the lid of a kettle grill is a good tactic to lock in flavors and turn up the heat. However, grillers should only close the lid when cooking thick foods and the grill temperature must be kept low to avoid burning food.
For the chance to win Zac Brown Band concert tickets as well as pre-show Eat and Greet passes, head over to www.Facebook.com/KingsfordCharcoal. Also, check out www.Grilling.com for more delicious recipes to prepare at your next backyard tailgate.