The aroma of smoked sausages, hamburgers and hotdogs wafted from an 80-foot-long grill stationed near Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday.

The “Ultimate Smoker and Grill” cooked up enough for 5,000 Gator fans at the HISTORY All-American Tailgate Tour event, hosted by the History channel.

UF was the fourth stop on the tailgate tour, which included five other universities.
The grill was operated by Trace “Rib Whisperer” Arnold. Arnold became involved in the event after History reached out to him to bring his grill on the tour.

Arnold said he can typically cook 1,000 hotdogs, 500 hamburgers or 200 16-ounce steaks simultaneously.
Arnold gave fans a preview of his expertise by offering free smoked sausages.

“It’s History’s way of giving back to the people and the colleges…and saying thanks to the people watching the shows,” Arnold said.
Arnold said the spirit of tailgating is what urged him to participate in the tour.