You may not believe it, but I’m a huge football fan. Mostly college and NFL, and I can get my fill on any weekend in the fall. Today, I’ve joined up with some fellow bloggers to offer you some fun – and extremely useful – ways to kick your tailgating party into full gear, including my own list of Tech for Tailgating.
Virtual Tailgating Team All-Stars
For this virtual tailgating party, nine bloggers have gotten together to help you make your tailgating experience more yummy, more fun, more interesting and more comfortable. We’ve each got something a little different to bring to the game and I hope you’ll click on the links at the end of this post and see what all of us are sharing.
And now for my addition to the Team!
FIRST AND TEN – TECH FOR TAILGATING
What’s more fun than attending a tailgating party? The awesome gadgets you can take to a tailgating party!
- Automobrella -The Auto-mo-brella is extremely simple to use. Simply attach it to your receiver hitch for instant shade and protection from the sun and rain. It comes complete with 9ft. water resistant umbrella. MSRP $149.95
- Igloo Cool Fusion 40 Quart IcyTunes Roller – Has an MP3 player docking station and speakers, and maintains fridge-like temperatures for up to 11 hours. Features built-in cup holders and side pockets for stowing utensils and napkins. ($179.99, amazon.com)
- Stanley Carbonated Drink Bottle – With its insulating plastic and neoprene sleeve, this 32-ounce bottle is designed to keep your soda or beer chilled and fizzy for over 3 hours. Even if you empty it faster than that. $20
- Solar-Powered Speakers – The Eton Soulra XL solar-powered sound system gives users eight hours of playback and can be recharged in five hours with direct sunlight. It’s compatible with Apple’s iPhone and iPod and can be controlled via remote. It costs about $250 and is available on Eton’s website as well as other retails.
- Remote Control Cooler – The RC Cooler, a remote controlled cooler, holds about 12 cans or bottles with ice and can travel about 30 feet away from the person controlling the device. It’s available on Amazon for about $80.
If you’re like most tailgaters, you get your grill on while you’re pregame partying in the parking lot. Here’s a few helpful items to have even more fun.
- Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer – The Party Hub has a griddle to cook breakfast, a grill for your meats and kebabs, and a deep fryer. Four folding legs support the 26-inch cooking surface. Fueled by a one-pound propane canister, the Party Hub boasts 452 square inches of cooking space, independent temperature controls, a cutting board and carrying bag and cooks 50 percent faster than charcoal. $250
- iGrill Bluetooth Thermometer – With the iGrill bluetooth thermometer, cooking out gets a little easier.The thermometer has two probes that keep track of the temperature of food on the grill. It alerts a user’s mobile device via the iGrill app when the meat reaches the desire temperature.Users can download the iGrill app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. $80.
- Ketchup Gun – After the burgers are cooked, you’re going to want a non-messy way to deck out your meal. The condiment gun, which is available at Amazon for about $20 or less, can be loaded with ketchup, mustard, mayo, barbecue sauce or any other condiment of your choice.
- Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set – Forget the hassle of gathering disparate BBQ utensils. This kit fits in a 6 x 9—inch pouch and weighs less than 2 pounds. The spatula, spoon, and grater fold up; the towel is super-absorbent; and the set has much more, including a corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers, and squeeze bottles. $55
- Road Pro Portable Stove – If frying wings or tending a pot of chili isn’t your idea of game-day fun, do the cooking ahead of time and rely on the Road Pro to reheat it for you. The little stove plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and warms food to 300 degrees in about an hour. $45 at CampingWorld.com
Don’t forget why you’re even at a tailgating event: the GAME! There’s apps to help you keep up with scores, tune in to other games and even find your friends when they get lost.
- Tailgate Fan – Need an awesome new recipe to shake up your tailgating feast? Want to create funny photos and share them with your friends? Want to participate in contests to win awesome prizes? Download Tailgate Fan and get it all with a Fun photo tool; Tailgating recipes; Contests; and more – get inspired by photos and videos of other tailgates in your area and across the country. Submit your own photos to show off your setup! Available on iOS and Android. Free.
- ESPN Sports Center – The all-new SportsCenter app is packed with live scores, breaking news, video highlights, in-depth analysis, personalized alerts and more. There’s instant scores and updates on the biggest games of the day as well as your favorite teams; breaking news and analysis across hundreds of leagues and teams; dozens of notification options; you can add, edit and remove favorite teams quickly and easily for a customized experience. Available on iOS and Android. Free.
- MeetBall – MeetBall gives you the ability to invite anyone in your phone’s contact list to your party, in a private, controlled environment. Once you’ve invited your friends to join the MeetBall platform, send them an invite sharing your location via GPS. Your friends follow the arrow on their screen to your location. You spend more time socializing, not texting, emailing or answering calls helping them find you. Also includes in-app chat capabilities. Available iOS and Android. Free.
- Team Stream from Bleacher Report – Pick the teams you love and get real-time streams with hand-picked alerts so you know your team’s news first. Open a stream for scores, stories, videos, and pictures from local papers, national websites, blogs, Twitter, & Bleacher Report. Break news to your friends with Facebook, Twitter, groups, email, or text message. Available on iOS and Android. Free.
- TuneIn – Follow college football on TuneIn with live play-by-play coverage from 85 Division 1 football teams including Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Texas A&M, and other powerhouse teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12, & SEC. You can also listen to over 100,000 real radio stations from around the world, including sports, news, talk and music. Available on iOS and Android. Free.
Hope you liked what you’ve seen. Ready for more pregame action? Keep on reading!
Passing the Ball
Ready for more great tailgating adventures? Check out the other bloggers in this month’s
A Blog With Friends Project!
Karen of Baking in a Tornado gives us a spicy kickoff to the pregame festivities with her Zesty Kielbasa Sandwich.
Diane of Canning and Cooking at Home will show you how to make Spicy Mustard Relish, a perfect accompaniment to Karen’s Sandwich.
Robin of Someone Else’s Genius gives us an inside look at college football in her Review of the book, The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.
Stacy of Stacy Sews and Schools teaches us how to make a Team Color Headband and Earmuffs.
Shellybean of Follow Me Home shares a step by step tutorial on making Reversible Busy Bags for kids..
Eileen of Eileen’s Perpetually Busy shows us how to make a Tailgating Seat Cushion with a built-in handle for carrying ease.
Lydia of Cluttered Genius has an easy DIY Upcycled Team Garland out of products you already have in your house.
Shawn from Literary Litter provides a tutorial on how to make a Snapcap, a crocheted hat to keep you warm and let everyone know what’s on your mind.