TRN’s Top Tailgating Must-Haves

22 Oct

As demonstrated by my my precious Horned Frogs this past weekend in their Homecoming loss to Texas Tech, sometimes tailgating is the least disappointing part of football season. So if you’re looking to win at tailgating, check out Jeff Dockeray’s top 15 tailgating must-haves for 2012.

If you don’t know who Jeff Dockeray is, he’s basically a professional tailgater, which is basically the best job in the world. He is also the founder of Tailgate Radio Network, one of the best resources to make your tailgate memorable (or not memorable at all…whichever you consider a success).

  • Enviro-Log® Firestarters:  Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids and ethanol-based gels.  Each firestarter provides up to 20 minutes of burn time with tall and consistent flames.  Burned to completion, the firestarters are 100 percent consumed and leave no mess to clean up.  www.enviro-log.net
  • BasketPong:  BasketPong is a new tailgating game that combines the competitiveness and skill of basketball and darts with the fun, portability and excitement of other outdoor games such as corn hole/bean bag toss.  It comes in a lightweight, compact carrying case and can be easily assembled for play on the ground or in a swimming pool within minutes.  The backboard features eight slots to insert rims and cups/nets in different patterns, which allows you to customize the game for people of all ages and play at various skill levels.  www.basketpong.com
  • The Grill Plate:  Crème Brulee and peach cobbler on the grill?  The Grill Plate from Grill Innovations is a patented grill plate with a “V” bottom that not only lets you bake over direct heat, but also is the only product that will let you broil with your grill.  The “V” bottom design creates a convection effect, and the flat top gives you an air gap to protect what you are cooking.  www.grillinnovations.com
  • GateMate:  GateMate is a portable, multifunctional tailgating toolbox that organizes both the casual and hardcore tailgater.  It replaces the transporting of bags and boxes of your tools, condiments, party supplies and smallwares with an all-in-one, space-saving box.  Truly, it’s a quintessential toolbox, but for your parking lot necessities.  www.gatemate.net
  • Party Companion Tailgate Tray:  The Party Companion Tailgate Tray is an all-in-one, handheld tray that allows you and your guests the ease and flexibility to socialize and participate in game day activities while holding a cold beverage, grilled favorites, plate, napkins and utensils… in just one hand!  This football field-themed tray is made of sturdy recycled board, for those wanting to use it once, or re-use it all football season.  www.tailgatetray.com
  • The Ultimate Hand:  Ultimate Hand – the new #1 in 3-D foam fingers, is for the ultimate fan that wants to make a bold statement.  It looks like a real hand, fits comfortably over your own, and offers a customizable jersey sleeve.  Now licensed with all major league sports and over 108 colleges, this is a true sports fan “gotta have” product!  www.ultimatehands.com
  • Sports-Themed Ticket Style Invitations:  If you want to show your love of sports on your wedding day or other special occasion, here’s custom designed “ticket style” invitations for sports themed weddings, parties and personalized wedding day accessories.  These wedding day programs are designed to look exactly like the official game day program you purchase at a local pro sports stadium or arena, except that it’s filled with “your” photos and wedding/party details.  www.sportsthemedweddings.com
  • Grill Master Apron Kit – with Insulated Beverage Pocket:  Help the BBQ Chef stay hydrated!  A great and unique gift for the griller, the kit includes an apron, detachable bottle opener, padded oven mitt and towel.  The apron features multiple pockets for storage, including an insulated pocket for keeping your beverage cold!  http://printcomstore.com/
  • Strongback Chair:  Most outdoor chairs have your spine sinking to where you’re almost crouching.  If you want a healthy back, you must try Strongback.  These chairs are the most ergonomically comfortable and portable chairs available anywhere – guaranteed.  Sitting in one will make you a believer!  It is one of the most comfortable seats you will ever sit in – inside or out.  www.strongbackchair.com
  • TurboChill – The Evolution of Cold Beer:  TurboChill gives youice cold beer poured at 35-38 degrees at three times the conventional speed of most kegs, with a perfect foam collar, without the use of electricity, batteries or any power source.  TurboChill allows you to pour ice-cold beer anywhere and everywhere.  It is perfect for tailgating, HomeGating, decks, patios and events.  TurboChill is the evolution of cold beer.  www.turbochill.com
  • Rib-o-lator Tray:  The Rib-o-lator’s exclusive tray design means you can now rotisserie any food on your BBQ grill – ribs, fish, burgers, steaks, veggies and more.  The Rib-o-lator cooks your food with the indirect heat of your barbecue/grill so your food won’t burn or dry out, always finishing tender, moist, and full of flavor. www.ribolator.com
  • Rear Gear Sports Cushion:  Rear Gear is a deployable and contractible sports cushion.  It has a strong belt so it can be worn around the waist or over the shoulder for hand-free convenience.  As a seat cushion, it comes with a zippered pocket for your game gear, and works great as a lower back support cushion.  www.reargearinc.com.
  • 3D Grill Tree:  The 3D Grill Tree makes grilling easier.  The exclusive Magic Skewer design stops food from spinning and can be turned in different positions.  The Grill Tree has three different grilling heights to work with, and comes with six 8.5-inch skewers.  The Grill Tree is the perfect addition to any round charcoal grill.  http://3dgrill.com/
  • LoopRope:  Loop Technology has uses that are truly endless! LoopRope is a revolutionary fastener that eliminates the daily use of dangerous and limiting bungee cords, messy cargo nets and most other light- to medium-duty tie downs.  It’s the only tie down that goes from lashing down your gear to quick-docking a boat to being used as a clothesline at camp, and everything in between.  It’s the duct tape of bungee cords!  www.looprope.com
  • BeerHats:  There are other beer-hats out there, but these are the only ones that are licensed, patented, made from new beer cases and are professionally crafted. Each hat is assembled and shaped by hand, and use a 15-ton hydraulic press and industrial sewing machines during assembly.  They’re a long way from staples and duct tape and are a phenomenal way to “wear your brand!”  www.beerhats.com

Jeff Dockeray has been called “the most savvy and knowledgeable” tailgater in the industry.  Also a featured grill chef on many national platforms, Dockery has over a decade of beer, wine, spirits and culinary arts education, and is proud to share his knowledge and undeniable passion for tailgating with an array of the most innovative products and services through his Tailgate Radio Network.  Jeff has also been featured as the “Parking Lot Pro” in several tailgating tips videos for Tailgater Monthly Magazine, which can be viewed on the publication’s YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/user/TailgaterMag?feature=watch.

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