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Welcome Our Newest Sponsor: Dixie Grillworks

Posted by Dave On May - 12 - 2009

The GrillipedeLast month you may have noticed we here at TailgatingIdeas.com added a new sponsor, Dixie Grillworks, to the four square ads you see at the top of the website. So technically they are not a “new” sponsor and if you haven’t checked out their products yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so. They have some of the most unique stainless steel grill accessories dedicated to charcoal grills only. Just a few examples include:

The Grillipede – Dixie Grill Works’ best-selling item is the Grillipede, a roasting rack for cooking stuffed jalapenos and chicken drumettes on a grill. The Grillipede can also be flipped upside down and used to suspend kabobs in place so they don’t stick to the grill or get scorched by flare-ups. They make The Grillipede in sizes suitable for everyone from casual tailgaters to big time caterers. The standard size can hold 25 peppers/drumettes, the Grillipede PRO Jalapeno Roaster accommodates 36 peppers/drumettes while the Grillipede JUMBO Jalapeno Roaster handles 72 peppers/drumettes at one time.

The Traveller Grill – Although it has only been on the market for about a month, the Traveller Compact Grill has become an instant hit. This grill has an integrated receiver so that it can be transported to the game using a simple trailer hitch connector. You can cook with it while it is attached or quickly remove it for table top or ground level grilling. Although it is only a tad larger than most of the popular compact grills on the market, the Traveller Grill weighs in at around 50 pounds because of its super rugged construction. It is all stainless steel and includes stout cast iron grates for the charcoal bed and the cooking surface. This grill does a fantastic job of searing in flavor and the damper on the lid lets you control the flame for smoking and lower temperature cooking. Depending on who you ask over at Dixie Grillworks, the grill was either named for Robert E. Lee’s stout and trusty horse or those “to go” cups you get at bars located near stadiums where original containers are banned. By the way, did I mention it is sturdy and heavy duty constructed? Check out this YouTube video that showcases The Traveler Grill’s ability to handle the weight of a Land Rover.

The Bacon BossBacon Boss – Dixie Grill Works also offers a clever stainless wedge-shaped gadget called the Bacon Boss that lets you cook bacon on your grill and catches the grease in built-in trays. The unique wedge design allows you to cook bacon on your grill without taking up too much space and leaving room for other foods to be cooked. The Bacon Boss comes in two sizes, The Original Bacon Boss is 10″ long, Bacon Boss PRO is 20″ long and the Bacon Boss JUMBO measures 30″ in length. That is plenty long enough to cook more than a pound of bacon.

Luau Grill – Dixie’s best known product is The Luau Grill. This grill was described as looking like “a cross between a stainless steel casket and a wheelbarrow”. The Luau Grill is basically a jumbo charcoal powered pressure cooker with a built in smoker. The grill enables anyone to cook a whole pig hassle-free in a fraction of the time of conventional grills. Although there are popular wooden (yes, a grill made out of metal covered wood) Cuban-style roasting boxes out there, the Dixie Grillworks version is designed for the serious caterer or parking lot show-off. It’s roomier and all stainless steel with a whopping 1,536 square inches of cooking surface that can be used while the pig is inside. It even has high temp insulation to trap heat in (like convection grills a.k.a. the Bubba Keg Grill) so you can cook a large pig in less than four hours using only one bag of lump charcoal.

The Luau GrillRegarding Dixie Grillworks as a company, all their products are made from 100% stainless steel in the U.S.A. at their Alabama manufacturing facility. On July 4th 2008, company founder Mike Schuerer decided in a margarita-induced haze that there was a shortage of premium stainless steel grill manufacturers dedicated to charcoal grills only. The next week he formed Dixie Grillworks. Mike had already taken time to investigate local natural-flame cooking techniques while traveling in Belize, China, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Thailand. His friend, Harold Davis, had previously been involved in the manufacture of barbeque trailers while his family had operated a successful barbeque restaurant and catering service. Over the course of numerous camping, fishing, hunting and kayaking trips, Harold and Mike had compared notes on grilling methods, smoking techniques and equipment design for years. Mike’s company built industrial ovens based on Harold’s designs, so the transition to grills wasn’t hard. With the help of his hard-partying employees, Mike launched the Dixie Grillworks website and started hitting regional tailgating parties, BBQ contests and special events.

So make sure to check out Dixie Grillworks and let them know you heard about them and their line of products from TailgatingIdeas.com.

Price Slashed On Premium BoomCoolers

Posted by Dave On May - 7 - 2009

You may recall we told you about The BoomCooler back in April. Basically it is a combination of a cooler with a mobile sound system built into it complete with a 10″ sub woofer, dual 6″x9″ speakers, a 600-Watt amp and a Kenwood KDC-MP442U AM/FM radio and CD Player. Although it is not intended for wet storage you can still bring the party and let the others bring the drinks.

For a limited time, the price on The BoomCooler has been drastically reduced, almost in half. The new price is $649.00 and that does include shipping to the continental United States. Keep in mind that this new pricing is not a permanent price drop. This is only a special Spring Sale Price.

We’re not sure what their definition of “Spring” is or how long this “limited time offer” is valid so if you want one, I would go ahead and pull the trigger and get one now. You don’t want to sit around debating the idea only to find out the price has gone back to normal. For you tech savvy types, visit the official product page for the Premium BoomCooler to get all the specs.


VuQube Brings Satellite TV To Any Tailgate Party

Posted by Dave On May - 1 - 2009

vuQube portable satelite systemIf you are a longtime reader of this website you may recall my post Satellite TV and the Tailgate Party from back in September of 2007. It’s basically a step-by-step guide on how to set up and watch satellite TV while tailgating. I recently discovered a product called the VuQube that now makes that post almost obsolete. The VuQube is so small, portable and easy to set up that there should be no reason to ever miss the other games while you are waiting for yours to start. Check out this 68 second video to get an idea of what VuQube is all about.

The main benefit of the VuQube is the simple set up of the satellite dish contained within. It eliminates the need to carry a level, tripod, dish and signal meter. The VuQube remote control does it all with a 50-ft to 100-ft range that allows for simple one person set-up. The VuQube can reduce signal acquisition times to 5 – 10 minutes compared to traditional satellite dish systems. And the kicker is that it is compatible with your DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell Expressvu components and receives free-to-air satellite providers as well. Just grab your VuQube, your signal receiver/DVR, flat screen, a steady electrical source (like a Honda generator) and you are watching ESPN or College Gameday in no time flat.

Here’s a great instructional video on how easy it is to set-up and begin watching satellite TV using the VuQube while tailgating.

The major benefits of the VuQube include:

  • Ultra-portable and lightweight with a built in ergonomic handle
  • Simple one person set-up
  • Dynamic dish leveling allows the VuQube to be set on uneven surfaces
  • No assembly or tear down
  • Remote control dish positioning to acquire signal
  • Self-leveling, self-contained and weather-resistant
  • Eliminates need to carry a level, tripod, dish & signal meter
  • “Fastfind” RF remote with 50-ft to 100-ft range allows for simple 1-person set up & can reduce signal acquisition times to 5 – 10 min compared to traditional satellite dish system
  • Resistant to signal loss due to high winds or rain
  • Compatible with DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell Expressvu & free-to-air satellite providers

Get your VuQube Flex Portable Satellite System from Camping World and experience satellite TV without boundaries.

Video: Port-o-Pong Video Demo on Features

Posted by Dave On April - 30 - 2009

If you are on the fence about getting a Port-o-Pong inflatable beer pong table, take a peek at this video to see the features and versatility it offers.

Win A $50 Home Depot Gift Card From TailgatingIdeas.com

Posted by Dave On April - 28 - 2009

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Economy got you down? Don’t have as much disposable income to spend on tailgating gear like you used to? Yeah, me too. Well here is a way for you to win a $50 Gift Card from Home Depot by just leaving a comment here.

The good folks at Home Depot are offering one TailgatingIdeas.com reader the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to be used towards the purchase of anything in their physical stores or online. Whether you’re looking to add to your tailgating gear without breaking the budget, impress the neighbors with the latest tailgating gadget or replace that beat up, rusty grill, The Home Depot offers the products and knowledge to make your tailgating ideas come to life.

To enter to win the $50 Home Depot Gift Card, follow these three simple steps:

1) Visit the Home Depot official website by clicking HERE (Link will open in a new tab/window. Keep this original window open because you’ll need to come back to TailgatingIdeas.com)

2) Find a product on the Home Depot website that you would like to use your $50 gift card on. (The item doesn’t have to equal $50 and can be more or less. It doesn’t have to be an item designed to take tailgating either.) Copy the URL and return to TailgatingIdeas.com.

3) At the bottom of this post, paste the URL of the Home Depot item into the comment box and include a brief comment on how you’ll use the gift card and why you want to use it on that particular item.

That’s it. It’s that simple. Deadline to submit your qualifying comment will be Monday, May 4, 2009 at 11:59 PM pacific time. Winner will be chosen randomly (name drawn out of a hat) and will be notified via email. Make sure you include a valid email address with your comment or we won’t be able to let you know that you won. (Don’t worry, no one will be able to view it and we won’t spam you or share it with anyone.) If you win, you will be asked to provide your mailing address. Your gift card will be mailed directly from the folks at Home Depot.

Do you want to increase your chances and gain a few more entries? There are a few ways to earn additional entries on top of the one you’ll earn by leaving a qualified comment below. Here’s how:

  • If you have a blog, blog about this contest or link to this contest on your website and earn five (5) additional entries. (Make sure to include the link to your blog post in your comment to receive credit.)
  • If you have a Facebook or MySpace profile, share this contest with your friends and receive three (3) additional entries.
  • If you are a Digg or StumbleUpon user, give a Digg or a thumb up to this post and earn one (1) addition entry for each.
  • If you use Twitter, Tweet the following message and earn two (2) additional entries.

Win a $50 Home Depot Gift Card from @TailgatingIdeas – Visit http://tinyurl.com/d5m5zs and leave a comment to enter.

(Note: The two (2) additional entries for Twitter users are awarded for the first tweet. Additional tweets promoting this giveaway, although very much appreciated, can not result in additional entries.)

Maximum number of entries one entrant can earn is 16:
Blog post = 5 entries
FaceBook profile = 3 entries
MySpace profile = 3 entries
Twitter post = 2 entries
Digg = 1 entry
StumbleUpon thumb-up = 1 entry
Comment with link to Home Depot product = 1 entry
Total entries possible = 16

Writers and contributors to TailgatingIdeas.com are not eligible to win. (Sorry, Rob, Nick, Jerry and Chris.) If I were eligible to win (which I am not) I know what I would use my $50 at Home Depot towards…. A new Makita 18V Cordless Drill for making margaritas in my Boat Blender.

Best of luck to all that enter and here’s hoping your name is picked. To get started with your entry, click HERE.

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