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Tailgate Gear: Barbecue With The Big Boys

By Marshal M. Rosenthal
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What does every tailgater want for the holidays? The answer, if you really have to ask, is the biggest, baddest grill… one that they can fire up in the stadium parking lot to feed all those hungry game-day partiers. And a Super Bowl title for their team, but you can’t buy them one of those.

A puny barbeque may fit under the tree and look nice in festive wrapping paper with a big red bow. But it probably won’t cut it when that tailgater on your list has a pack of rabid fans to feed. Good thing that these big boys can get the job done.

Photo Credit: Weber

Photo Credit: Weber

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker ($499)

You want smokehouse flavor, but need enough room to cook a whole turkey and ham at the same time? Of course you do; we’re tailgating out here. Then this is the smoker to get. It’s totally charcoal-powered, and the steam coming from the water pan below keeps the meat moist. It’s made of porcelain-enameled steel with 726 square inches of cooking space — that includes the two nickel-plated 22-1/2-inch-wide cooking grates. The thermometer is built right into the lid where you can see it, and the heat-resistant nylon handle lets you can move around the cooker regardless of how hot it gets.

Buy the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

Photo Credit: GrillPro

Photo Credit: GrillPro

GrillPro Deluxe Spit Roaster and Charcoal Grill ($600)

The Vikings cooked their pigs on a spit, and tailgaters do too. Of course the technology these days is a little better. Take the GrillPro Spit Roaster for example. A stainless steel motor, powered by electricity, keeps the meat turning as it roasts. This spit roaster also has an adjustable-height spit rod — with swivel casters for easy movement — and 50-inch stainless steel cooking grids to catch the drippings. And of course there’s 900 square inches of space for cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks… pretty much anything. Load it up with 20 pounds of charcoal, and you can probably feed about half the parking lot.

Buy the GrillPro Deluxe Spit Roaster and Charcoal Grill.

Photo Credit: Broil King

Photo Credit: Broil King

Broil King Steel Keg Charcoal Grill ($899)

Try something different with this cast-iron convection cooker. The sophisticated damper system guarantees proper air flow for the best possible results. Bake, smoke or slow cook using lump charcoal that gets you cooking within 15 minutes of lighting it up. The built-in thermometer shows the internal temperature. This grill has 480 square inches of primary and secondary cooking space that can be wheeled around and leveled for any surface. The heavy-duty resin handles will keep you from burning your hands. The front handles even have bottle openers. What more could you possibly want in a grill?

Buy the Broil King Steel Keg Charcoal Grill.

Photo Credit: Char-Broil

Photo Credit: Char-Broil

Char-Broil Combination Charcoal Grill and Gas Grill ($537)

Some like charcoal. Some like gas. But some like the choice to grill with either. And those people should own the Char-Broil Combination Grill. The Char-Broil gives you 503 square inches of cooking with charcoal or gas. A 36,000 BTU three-burner grill shares duties with a lidded 12,000 BTU side burner. There’s porcelain-coated cast iron grates, a crank adjustable-height charcoal grate with access door and a slide out ash pan. Other features include two storage doors, side shelves, a temperature gauge and caster wheels to let you position it where you want and then lock down to keep it there. This thing will get it done.

Buy the Char-Broil Combination Grill.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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