When it comes to tailgating – whether it’s in your den or at the game itself – preparing food, drinks and entertainment for folks isn’t always easy. Which is why we asked Boston sports fan and owner of Pauli’s in the North End, Paul Barker, for some helpful, somewhat untraditional, tailgating tips. From a delicious steak tips recipe to some out-of-the-ordinary tailgating drinks, Barker provided BostInno with a few original and fun ideas to help make your tailgating event a success.

So as you plan for the Patriots game this weekend – and your upcoming Super Bowl party – take Barker’s game day suggestions. And trust us, these meatballs sound delicious.