Football season is officially here, which means lots of you out there are probably gearing up for some tailgating sessions in your very near future. Are we right?
Though the tradition of tailgating at sporting events is nothing new, it has over the years developed into quite a phenomenon – and is now more a part of American culture than ever. Over time, this sports pre-game celebration has morphed into an affair that includes barbecuing, friendship-making, beverage-swigging, game-playing, recipe-exchanging, music-playing, and lots of merrymaking!
To get the art of tailgating just right, (yes, it’s an art according to the American Tailgater’s Association), you need to plan and pack accordingly. Before you hop in the car to watch your favorite team toss the pigskin this season, be sure to pack these awesome tailgating gadgets.
Grill to Perfection
It wouldn’t be a tailgate without your favorite grilled delicacies cooked to perfection on the barbecue. The iGrill² is an advanced Bluetooth Smart grilling thermometer that lets you know from your mobile device when your food is ready by connecting to the iDevices® Connected App. It includes two heavy-duty meat probes, measuring between -22°F and 572°F, designed for extreme grilling and smoking. Leave the probe in the meat while it cooks, and the iGrill² will summon you back from your tailgating activities when it’s ready!
Tune In or Sing Your Heart Out
Whether you want to set the stone for your group with some festive music or you want to keep tabs on the game, the ION Tailgator AM/FM Portable Speaker System with 30-pin iPod dock has you covered. Plug in your iPhone or Ipod playlist or tune in your favorite sports radio station.
Take a Load Off
Relax in these dual tailgater’s hammocks, which set up on a trailer hitch. The 600-denier polyester hammock chairs have hanging footrests, so tailgaters can kick back and recline in comfort. What’s more, they store easily for portability and transportation.
This multi-functional backpack cooler chair is the perfect addition to your next tailgating event. The chair features a cooler that attaches to the left armrest and has high-density closed cell foam insulation that will keep either 24 12-oz drinks or 35 lbs worth of food cold for hours. It also includes a side table that folds out from the right armrest and has an integrated cup holder and a two-tiered under mounted canvas shelf that provides convenient storage for reading material and snacks. The chair and cooler can be conveinently transported as a backpack.
Get on your way to barbecuing bliss with the Blacktop 360 Premium Party Hub Grill. It’s got everything you need to get your grill on; cook burgers, hot dogs, and fries all in one place with this combination deep fryer, grill, griddle, and warming plate set-up. Featuring a cutting board, 452 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking space, and 24,000 BTU’s total cooking power!
We know you don’t want to miss out on a moment of tailgating fun. The handy go-plate lets you enjoy your food and drink, while keeping one hand free to play some corn hole. Just slide the plate over your can, bottle, or plastic cup, load up your plate, and you’re good to go!
For those times you want to tailgate but don’t have tickets to the game, you need the Hitch’N’View. Weighing in at just 14 lbs for convenient transportation, it securely attaches to your vehicle for your game-viewing pleasure. Watching your favorite team has never been easier – they’re practically within arm’s reach!
We hope this gives you some ideas for how to kick this seasons’ tailgating up a notch! As always, Hoffman Auto Group reminds you to drive safely and responsibly. That means never drink and drive!