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Video Recipe: Beer Can Burgers

Posted by Dave On May - 22 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Here is a tailgating recipe sure to piss off the vegans and the “healthy tailgating” food crowd. You’ve heard of beer can chicken? Here are Beer Can Burgers courtesy of BBQ Pit Boys.

For those concerned that the beer is not being used in the recipe, make sure to drink copious amounts while these burgers are grilling for an hour…

Fan Hands

Posted by Dave On May - 21 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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Fans and tailgaters are always trying to find ways to enhance the noise and enthusiasm they bring each and every game for their team. Cowbells are popular in the south along with those inflatable “thunder sticks” you see at baseball games all the time. Even mini-megaphones to make your voice louder are popular. But what if there was a way to enhance and make your two hands when clapping, even louder?

We were introduced to a new product called Fan Hands. Fan Hands are colored gloves that have plastic pieces on the palms and fingers to enhance your clap and make it louder. You don’t have to clap any harder to make them work. Just clap your hands together normally and the plastic pieces striking each other emit a louder sound than just skin on skin. Take a look.

The videos were shot in the student section at a Colgate soccer match and you can see and hear the Fan Hands enhanced the clap and made the student section louder.

We were sent a sample of Fan Hands gloves and tested them out for ourselves. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of Fan Hands. The fact this sample was provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

The first concern was, would the plastic pieces on the palms and fingers hurt your hands on the inside when clapping? The answer to that was no. Our hands felt the same had we been clapping and applauding using just our hands skin on skin.

The second question was, would they really make a pair of clapping hands louder? The answer was yes. We tried clapping using them in different ways and found that even if you were not clapping that hard, the Fan Hands make the sound louder no matter how hard you clap your hands together. Even a “golf clap” was substantially louder than without the Fan hands.

After thoroughly testing the Fan Hands for ourselves, we are going to deem them “Tailgate Approved”. They are small enough to put in your pocket to carry into the game and are easily put on or taken off when you want them on on off. Priced at under $10, they are affordable too. They come in a variety of team colors including purple, orange, maroon, Kelly green, dark green, yellow, royal blue, navy blue, pink and black.

To learn more about Fan Hands or to buy some for you and your tailgating group, visit: FanHands.com.

New Formula for Kingsford Original Briquettes

Posted by Brandon On May - 20 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

I always get excited around Memorial Day.  Obviously the remembrance of those men and women who have given so much of themselves for the betterment of our country needs to be at the forefront of any activities.  However I feel it is also important to remember that because of their sacrifice we have the ability to freely enjoy the holiday.   Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season for so many people, and it is also attributed with the beginning of grilling season.

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Those of you who plan on cooking out this weekend for the first time this year, not many of you I’m sure, might notice that the bag of Kingsford Original Briquettes (Blue Bag for those of you in the BBQ world) that you pick up at the store is a little lighter than last year.  The reason for this is that Kingsford has a new formula in 2015 which reduces the weight of each piece, but maintains roughly the same number of briquettes per bag.

Any time there is talk of getting less of a product, it is only logical to wonder how that will affect whatever that product is involved with.  The good folks at Kingsford were kind enough to send me a complimentary bag of their newly formulated briquettes for a test cook.  I’m happy to say that I didn’t notice enough of a difference to change my opinion of the product. It seemed like the coals didn’t last quite as long, but a lot of variables affect that sort of thing, and after one cook it wouldn’t be proper to suggest that it was the new formula responsible for that change.

Full disclosure, I did not do a big detailed comparison experiment using older briquettes as a control.  If you’re looking for that sort of thing you can find a great in depth review here.   Based on my own uncontrolled test, the results seem to coincide.

So if you’re stocking up on charcoal this weekend and notice that the bags of Kingsford feel a little lighter this is why. Despite the change I still feel that Kingsford Original is still very much “Tailgate Approved.”  I suspect the most detailed grillers will likely notice any change between the two formulas when it comes to the actual performance of the product.

Beer Pong at a New York Jets tailgate party

Regulation beer pong tables are eight feet long, two feet wide and 27 1/2 inches off the ground. Those are the dimensions of beer pong tables used in the World Series of Beer Pong so those are the dimensions that have been adopted and accepted as regulation. Based on those dimensions, there are plenty of beer pong table manufacturers that make beer pong tables in those dimensions and some even fold up and are easily portable to take to a tailgate party, frat party, backyard BBQ or anywhere else you want to play beer pong.

Beer pong is great but what if you want to get your money’s worth out of your beer pong table and play more games on it, not just beer pong? Have no fear because we have this quick and easy guide to follow to maximize your use and enjoyment of your beer pong table. These six games are sure to liven up any tailgate party. (Why did we chose six? 6-Pack of beer… Duh!)

Flip Cup

Object of the game – A relay race in which one team must finish all the beer in their cups before the other team finished theirs.
How to Play – Flip Cup involves drinking, hand-eye coordination, competitiveness and team play. Normally played with minimum teams of four but you can have larger teams if you place multiple beer pong tables end-to-end. Place plastic party cups with a pre-agreed upon volume of beer in each cup along the along side of the table in front of each competitor. To start the game, pick an end of the table to start. Those players start the game by picking up their cup, toasting the other player’s cup, touching their cup to the table again (down-up-down) and drinking all the contents in the cup. Once finished, the player places the cup on the side edge of the table on it’s base. Using their fingers, the players then must flip the cup over so that it lands with the open end face down on the table. Once the cup has been properly flipped, that signals that the next team member can start to drink their cup and proceed to flip it over once finished. The game continues until one team has consumed all the beer in their cups and successfully flipped all of their cups onto their open sides.

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Can Covers for 16 oz Pint cans

Posted by Dave On May - 13 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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With the explosion of craft beers being distributed in cans, many tailgaters are finding a growing problem consuming those beers out in public. Many craft breweries and even Macro-Brews are available in 16 oz. pint cans. Covering up the standard 12 oz. cans was not an issue thanks to these nifty Can Covers but those beer sleeves only covered 12 oz. cans. What about the larger cans?

Thankfully we have solved that problem. Using 16 oz. energy drink cans or soda cans that come in a 16 oz. size, we are happy to be offering can covers for 16 oz. cans.

Craft beers are not the only adult beverages that come in 16 oz. pint cans. Beverages like Mike’s Hard Lemonade and many of the Hard Ciders come in 16 oz. cans as well. For those of you that tailgate in places where open containers of adult beverages are frowned upon, these can covers can save you from a lot of headache and hassles.

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Of course, if you choose to utilize these beer can covers while tailgating or at the beach or even walking the dog in the neighborhood, please use caution. It is your responsibility to understand and know the locals laws within the areas you plan to use them. We also highly encourage you to not use these can covers while driving. Drinking and driving is a serious thing and we want everyone to understand that these can covers are not meant for that purpose. Please, DO NOT drink and drive.

Beer Can Covers (16 oz Pint) will cost you $4 per sleeve or if you buy larger quantities, the unit price per piece will drop. Buy 12 and the price per can cover drops below $3 per sleeve. To buy a 16 oz beer can cover, visit our online tailgating gear store or click HERE.

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