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Gamecock Hobo PoBoys New York Times

I don’t care if you are a South Carolina Gamecock fan or not. You have to appreciate the way these fans tailgate, grill out and enjoy their football games.

In fact, Gamecock fans and Chattanoogatailgaters share a common link – Trains. Yep, trains.

In 1990 a longtime South Carolina fan and his wife, with a business near campus, decided that they hated the look of worn out old train tracks which ran alongside of the stadium. His idea to spruce things up and make use of the tracks helped create one if the neatest forms of tailgating in the country. They decided to renovate cabooses and update them with everything a football fan would desire. They placed the cabooses on the cleaned up tracks and created a one of a kind tailgating experience.

If you are going to tailgate, why not do it inside of a private train caboose with running water, a living room, big screen TV’s, cable, air conditioning and heat for cold days while being located only a few short steps from the grid iron action.

Today there are 22 Carolina “Cockabooses” located next to the stadium. Each caboose is stationary so rentals are available for home and away games. Can’t make the drive to an away game, why not party in your own caboose?

In honor of the Carolina Gamecocks and the Cockabooses this week’s recipe is a time honored camping dinner with a South Carolina tailgate twist. It’s a Cockaboose Hobo Dinner PoBoy.

In a nutshell, a Hobo dinner is a meal cooked in foil over a campfire traditionally containing meat and assorted vegetables or baked beans with available seasonings. For our purpose, I’m moving that to the grill and adding some French bread deli rolls. Use what works best for you and theme it towards your team. Of course, you can also use the oven. Just make sure you use a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.

Are you ready to messy? Here we go!

Cockaboose Hobo Dinner Meatball Po Boy
For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley
  • Flavored bread crumbs (crushed croutons)
  • Minced garlic

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and form into meatballs. Or, use your favorite meatball recipe of course, and in a pinch for time - go buy some meatballs!

For the mix

  • Sliced or chopped onions
  • Sliced or chopped potatoes
  • Diced red or yellow peppers
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Can of baked beans

Directions: Use heavy duty foil pans. Start grilling the meatballs. Place all of the mix ingredients in a large enough foil pan. Season as you desire. When the meatballs are done and the potatoes are tender - the dinner is done.

The Bread: You have to go with French Bread deli style buns for a PoBoy of any type! Heat French bread on the grill add the meat balls, onions, veggies, and any desired items from the pack on the bun, top with cheese if desired and other condiments. You can also use traditional Po Boy toppings such as thin sliced lettuce, tomatoes and more. Serve hot with any condiments or sauces and cheese that suits your taste buds!

Don't want a Sandwich? Don't worry - this dish is easily adaptable to foil pack cooking! Serve the meatballs with baked beans over the top of foil pack grilled veggies!

- Originally Published - Chattanoogan.com

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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