Football is back in season! Pro, college, or high school -- your choice for a Friday night, Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Aside from the action on the field, a fun part of football is tailgating with family and friends. What are some of the essentials of a well-executed tailgate party? Check out these five parking lot tailgate party cooking tools and accessories.
Everybody at a tailgate party has a grill -- more on that later -- but how many groups have a blender? Ah, ha; you're correct -- not many. This Field & Stream 12 Volt Portable Blender
($90) plugs into the 12 volt accessory port on your vehicle and make for delicious drinks right in the stadium parking lot. It is complete with a 5' long power cord and has a generously sized 48 ounce capacity. Blends, chops, grinds and purees veggies and fruits for adult beverages, and makes shave ice for drinks for the kids.
Grills -- for use in a tailgate setting, the important thing to consider is portability -- you wouldn't drag a hundred pound behemoth to a parking lot to prepare your pre-game meal. From Weber, a trusted name in outdoor cooking, their Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
($50); 160 square inches of cooking area, heavy steel shell with a true porcelain coating, dual air vents for precise temperature control, welded heat-resistant handles on the cover.
If your preference is for a propane grill, consider this top-selling Blue Rhino Portable LP Gas Grill
($65). With 272 square inches of grilling surface (plus a warming surface for buns and such that's half that size) and a 12000 BTU burner, the grill features a stainless steel lid and electronic ignition, folding legs and one-hand carrying. Nice.
If you attend an evening game, and decide to
stay over to avoid the traffic, you might like this grilling accessory to use when cooking breakfast -- the Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Pro Griddle
($50). For all types of grills, the 189 square inches of of griddle surface make easy work of eggs, bacon, or pancakes. The griddle features a back stop, and a grease reservoir at the front.
And, of course, no grilling job is complete without a utility apron; for example, this Picnic Time BBQ Tool Set Apron
($32). Folding into a compact tote for travel, this apron is a durable 600D cooking accessory that includes a spatula with integrated bottle opener, a fork, and tongs; additionally, the set has mitts and a hat (oh, boy!) for the chef of the tailgate party. Lots of extra pockets for condiments and spices, of course, so the seasonings are close at hand.
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