Good tailgate food won’t just make itself. And any self-respecting tailgater knows that the menu better include more than bags of snacks on a table. These are a tailgating truisms. But it’s also true that playing chef can be a thankless job. Who wants to be stuck in a kitchen or behind a giant grill as plates get shoved at you?
If only there were an all-in-one cooking device that could handle a variety of requests with ease and simplicity… Sure enough, there is, my fine tailgating friends.
Your next tailgate needs, nay, requires the T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Electric Grill. This all-in-one cooking device is versatile enough to cook different foods and simple enough to be used by anyone not severely impaired by alcohol.
Obviously it’s an indoor grill that can put on a counter pretty much anywhere. In addition to the 1800 watts of power and stainless steel construction, this electric grill is designed to be nearly foolproof. The same handle that lifts the top to put in food doubles as the controls. A series of touch-sensitive tabs, combined with beeps and lighting color changes, alerts you when food reaches rare, medium or well-done nirvana. Just warm the grill up for a few minutes first and then go to town. Don’t worry about setting a timer, just watch the colors. Or tell your guests to, as you wander over to the cooler for another beverage.
Set the device to one of these settings: Burgers, Poultry, Sandwiches, Sausage, Red Meat or Fish. Sensors inside the grill will adapt the cooking time to the food’s thickness. A defrost setting takes care of frozen foods; manual control handles the veggies. You even get grill marks on top, like when using one of its fire-cooking counterparts.
The OptiGrill won’t clean itself. But the angled plates and drip-tray make cleaning in the sink or dishwasher a snap. it’s a small price to pay for avoiding the kitchen and enjoy the party for once. Grill everything to perfection while avoiding much of the hassle.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.