To kick off Super Bowl weekend, and celebrate The Dan Patrick Show and Traeger’s new partnership, Chad Ward traveled to Houston, TX and made an appearance on the show. Chad Traegered an epic spread of BBQ food for The Boss and the Danettes, including brisket, pulled pork, and cornbread.
A couple celebrity athletes appearing on the show got the Traeger treatment too-- Dan hooked Saints QB Drew Brees up with a Traeger grill and shortly after, former Colts punter Pat Mcafee called in to the show and wanted in on a free grill too. The party didn’t stop there, Chad made a second appearance on Friday where the crew enjoyed Traeger BBQ beef and pork ribs, and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt even signed a Tailgater grill for a lucky audience member.
Super Bowl LI Tailgate Cook-Off -
During Chad’s appearances on The Dan Patrick Show, the brand was also busy across town.
Traeger was invited to attend the 2017 Super Bowl LI Tailgate BBQ Cook-Off and Super Bowl Tailgate Party. Five of the top pitmasters in the country joined forces to create the Traeger Dream Team: Chad Ward, Clarence Joseph (CJ), Danielle Bennett (Diva Q), Doug Scheiding, and Simon Flores. Each team member was assigned a specific competition meat: Doug took on a full chicken, CJ Traegered the brisket, and Simon, Doug, and CJ each Traegered 2 racks of St. Louis style ribs.
The 15-judge panel scored the BBQ based on Lone Star BBQ Rules. Team Traeger did more than just ok- placing 3rd in chicken, 3rd in ribs, and 2nd in brisket. Their combined points made them the Reserve Grand Champions, 2nd overall, out of 15 teams.
After Team Traeger celebrated their victory Friday evening, it was back to business early Saturday morning at 6 am. The crew Traegered 30 briskets for the tailgating crowd to enjoy the next day at the biggest tailgating event of the year. The tailgating crowd was a melting pot of fans, athletes, celebrities, NFL team owners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, all chowing down thousands of pounds of barbecued ribs and brisket from the competition cooks.
Traeger had an amazing time at Super Bowl LI in Houston, TX and is already looking forward to Super Bowl LII. Make sure to tune in to The Dan Patrick Show weekdays on Direct TV or your local radio station to keep up on our partnership.
We also collaborated with The Dan Patrick Show to compile a Game Day recipe ebook, check it out here.
Check out our Smokenomics page for Traeger tips and tricks here.