It’s game time! Essential tools and recipes for every tailgate
Weber Q-140 Electric Grill
Compact and portable, the Weber Electric Q-140 Grill ($279, amazon.com) delivers the taste you get from a full-size outside grill in a portable package, producing crispy and smoky results. Small enough to set up on a folding table, this electric grill is big enough to hold up to nine burgers at a time.
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Igloo Cool Fusion 40 Quart IcyTunes Roller
Bring the party to your tailgate with the Igloo Cool Fusion 40 Quart IcyTunes Roller ($179.99, amazon.com). Not only does it boast an MP3 player docking station and speakers, but this cooler maintains fridge-like temperatures for up to 11 hours. Features like built-in cup holders and side pockets for stowing utensils and napkins make this the perfect way to pack up all your tailgating essentials.
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FireWire Flexible Grilling Skewer
Kabobs can now be as fun to put together as they are to eat. The FireWire Flexible Grilling Skewers ($14.95, amazon.com) can be bent in any shape you want, like zigzags and circles, making them easy to fit on a crowded grill or in a bowl or bag for marinating. Plus, they’re super fun to serve at parties. Longer and more durable than wooden skewers, the FireWire pierces through food easily and won't snap under pressure.
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Cuisipro Grill/Fry Tongs
Every griller needs a pair of good tongs. The stainless steel Cuisipro Grill/Fry Tongs ($16, cuisipro.com) make it a breeze to grab and flip your barbeque ingredients. Its narrow tips are designed to pick up even those smaller-sized portions. Plus, holes in the design allow fats and oils to drain from food.
Char-Broil Brush Hawg Grill Brush
Cleaning up shouldn't bring down the mood after a fun-filled tailgate. Perfect for all types of grill grates, Char-Broil's Brush Hawg Grill Brush ($10.99, amazon.com) make cleaning the grill painless. To get off those tough, burnt messes, turn to its multi-blade scraper. Bonus: When it's time for a new brush, its stainless steel bristle head comes off easily for replacement.
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NFL Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Slow Cooker
From chili to meatballs, a slow cooker has grown into a game day necessity — and now your’s can show off your team spirit. Crock-Pot's NFL Cook & Carry Slow Cooker ($59.99, crock-pot.com) makes it easy to hit the road thanks to its lid locking system. Large enough to serve seven or more guests, this appliance with a dishwasher safe insert is available in all 32 NFL team logos — as well as a number of collegiate-teams.
Picnic Time Fusion Chair
No need to eat standing up with the Picnic Time Fusion Chair ($120, amazon.com). It incorporates everything from a wine cooler and cup holder to shelves and zippered compartments, so you won't be lacking for storage. Available in red, green, navy, or black, this chair boasts both backpack straps and a shoulder strap for easy carrying.
Mr. Bar-B-Q S'mores Grilling Basket
When the burgers and dogs are done, don't turn off the grill just yet! With the Mr. Bar-B-Q S'mores Grilling Basket ($15, amazon.com), adults and kids alike will enjoy perfect, gooey s'mores without having to worry about them falling apart or breaking on the grill. Able to hold up to four s'mores at a time, the basket has a long handle for easy control. Plus these sweet treats will be the perfect end to your pre-game fun!