Why do you tote that grill out to the stadium parking lot? Why do we buy shopping cart-loads of food to bring along with it? Because we’re tailgaters. And because a grill is the perfect way to turn all those hearty ingredients into tasty tailgating goodness. But a grill (and the food) isn’t much use without the proper grilling accessories.
So now’s the time on Tailgate Fan when we accessorize for the most important of tailgating activities (besides drinking). That would be grilling, of course. Here’s what you’ll need to help cook the food, protect your clothes and clean up afterwards:
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Burger Stomper Pro 2-in-1 Burger Press ($29.99)
Looks aren’t everything, but they do count for something. A good-looking burger just tastes better than a misshapen blob. The Burger Stomper guarantees that every burger touched by flame is a work of art. Load the hamburger meat into the base, press firmly and out pops a perfectly shaped patty, in hamburger or slider size. The non-stick surface prevents any mishaps and quickens the trip from press to grill. Pop it into the dishwasher after the festivities for easy cleaning.
They’ll call you “Mr. Grill” when you show up with this 10-piece BBQ set in tow. It includes a chef’s spatula and fork, as well as tongs, skewers, a brush and more. Forged in stainless steel with hand-crafted wood handles, these utensils are sturdy and durable. Add in a leather carrying case for easy portability. Quality food deserves quality accessories, and you won’t find much better than these.
The grill is a messy place, with all kinds of grease and grime splattering up from the food. Before pulling barbecue duty, put on this durable cotton apron to keep your team colors free of stains. Beyond the suede-look accents (to keep you spiffy) and adjustable strap (for the perfect fit), this handy apron comes with built-in pockets for holding gloves and tools and even a beer. It even has an attached bottle opener.
Sometimes cleanup is a little more work than you’re looking to do. No one wants to scrape the grill clean after a long hard day of partying. There are highlights to watch and tailgates to plan for. The Grill Brush turns a dirty job into quick work. Fill the brush with water and let the steam off the still-hot surface do its magic. The steam will effectively loosen the grime and baked-on food without chemicals or damage to your grill’s surface.