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The Go Plate – Reusable Food & Beverage Holder

Posted by Dave On July - 6 - 2009

Let’s face it. Table space at a tailgate party can be at a premium. Now you don’t have to break up the game of beer pong just because you want to put down your plate and eat. Get a Go Plate that is a food and beverage holder all in one.

This plastic party tray fits right over your drink, so you can hold everything in one hand. When you set your beer down for a food run, you can lose track of it. Don’t abandon your bottle, can or cup when you can simply place one of the Go Plates on top of it. When you want to take a drink, simply lift the Go Plate off. Designed for warm or cold foods, they’re crafted from sturdy, reusable, recycled clear plastic that can go right into the dishwasher. The Go Plate was even featured on NBC’s The Today Show. Take a look.

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Tailgating Gear Review: The Turkey Cannon

Posted by Dave On July - 3 - 2009

Camp Chef Turkey CannonAs tailgaters, we all love the taste of Beer Can Chicken. The only problem is getting the bird to cooperate and not fall or tip over during the cooking process. Also, once the bird is done, getting the can out can be a hassle and quite messy. But the allure of a moist, roasted chicken that has beer taste infused throughout is just too strong to pass up. I recently discovered an easier and more convenient way to cook beer can chicken using the Turkey Cannon made by Camp Chef.

Camp Chef Turkey Cannon

As you can see, the Turkey Cannon is made of stainless steel and you place the bird over the extended tube instead of placing the bird over a can of beer. Season the chicken as you normally would but before placing it on the Turkey Cannon, pour a can of beer into the cylinder. The Turkey Cannon has vent holes all along the length so that when your beer steams, the flavorful vapor will go right into the body of the chicken. This technique will keep your bird moist while slow roasting on the grill.

My wife picked one up for me for Father’s Day and I am happy to say it worked like a charm. We seasoned the bird with a flavorful BBQ dry rub and placed it on the Bubba Keg Grill for a few hours. The results were fantastic and the chicken was moist and stayed moist even when we pulled out the leftovers. We plan on smoking a turkey using the Turkey Cannon next time with hopes it will keep the bird moist as well.

You can get your own Turkey Cannon online for about 20 bucks from Buy.com or SHOP.com.

Tailgating Gear Review: The Z-Bench

Posted by Dave On June - 25 - 2009

The Z-BenchAs a tailgater, you have probably seen tons of products designed to give you more space and functionality by utilizing the 2″ tow hitch on your truck or SUV. When it comes to tailgating accessories designed to make your tailgating experience better, most pick-up truck tailgates are left alone. That was the case for the longest time until I discovered the Z-Bench.

The Z-Bench is a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum bench that attaches to a pick-up truck tailgate. It unfolds off of your tailgate and provides seating for three adults. The Z-Bench can handle over 1,000 pounds and does not put any stress on the tailgate or suspension of your truck. All the weight you place on the Z-Bench is distributed on the sturdy legs that easily unfold when deployed. It is not only a bench but has other functions including a tailgate step, a picnic table and can also work as a cargo holder. The best part is when not in use, the Z-Bench folds up and takes up less than 3 1/2″ of space. Take a look at this video to see how you would use the Z-Bench while tailgating.

If you skipped the video and like to read, here are the four main features of the Z-Bench:

  • A Bench – Instead of using your unfolded tailgate for a seat, the Z-Bench allows you to sit comfortably with your feet on the ground and not dangling in the air. It accommodates three adults and can handle over 1,000 pounds. So go ahead and invite the left side of the offensive line to have a seat and enjoy some ribs.
  • A Step – The eleven inch deep bench makes entering your truck bed a whole lot easier and safer. Just grab the corner of the truck bed, step onto the bench and walk on up. The ribbed surface of the Z-Bench provides a safe, skid resistant surface for confident entering and exiting of your truck bed. You don’t have to jump or crawl out of your truck bed anymore. Just hold on to your bed rail and step up or down. When used as a step, the Z-Bench Makes loading and unloading of your tailgating gear much easier and faster too.
  • A Table – By sitting on the Z-Bench and facing your truck, your tailgate becomes a table. Table space is always at a premium while tailgating and by using your Z-Bench in this fashion you have now handled table space and seating for three people.
  • A Cargo Holder – Open the Z-Bench when the tailgate is closed and you have an excellent cargo holder. Perfect for holding propane tanks, coolers, generators, grills, etc. up against the tailgate. No more worrying if your tailgating supplies will roll around the bed of your truck on the way to game.

Take a look at a few photos of all the different ways you can use the Z-Bench whether you are tailgating or doing some other activity. (Click images for a larger, more detailed view.)


I personally tested out the Z-Bench and installed one on my friend’s Ford F-150 pick-up. I found it to be sturdy and convenient and when my friend drove home after the installation, he reported that there was no annoying rattling. He even drove home on a notoriously bumpy freeway with his radio off and listened for any hint of a rattle. He heard nothing and told me that he would have never known it was there based on the way his truck drove after the installation. I was also told that you can easily remove the Z-Bench from your tailgate by taking out the hinge link from the mounting plates. The Z-Bench comes off quickly and easily and when removed, the mounting brackets are out of the way and hardly even noticeable. There is also an option that you can use a small padlock instead of the hinge links for extra protection against theft.

The icing on the cake with the Z-Bench is that it installs in about 10 minutes. If you can use a measuring tape, drill a hold and turn a screw, you can install a Z-Bench. As we were installing the Z-Bench on the Ford F-150, we put together an instructional video that takes you step-by-step on installing one.

We’re confident that you’ll find the Z-Bench to be an invaluable tailgate accessory for your pick-up truck tailgate. That’s why we have chosen to offer them for sale on our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com. The Z-Bench normally retails for $399 with $50 flat rate shipping to the continental United States. In celebration of the upcoming football season, we are offering the Z-Bench from now through the September 12, 2010 for $349 with shipping included. (That saves you $100 for those that are math impaired.) Make sure to get your Z-Bench before the season starts for only $349 shipped.

If you purchase a Z-Bench via Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com, please send an email to David answering a few questions. These questions will help us send you the exact parts and pieces so that your new Z-Bench will fit your pick-up truck perfectly. Please include answers to the following questions:

  • Year, Make and Model of your truck?
  • Does your truck have a bed liner? If so, what kind of a bed liner; plastic drop-in or spray on?
  • Does your truck have a carpet kit?
  • Does your truck have a lift kit? If so, how many inches?
  • Does your truck have a Roll-Along kit?

If you have been paying attention you would have known we have told you about a number of applications and accessories for the Apple iPhone that are tailgating related. Some of the apps to date include the iBeer, Beer Pong Challenge, Last Call, iBreath, Pour 1 Out and Tailgate Games. Now comes an iPhone app that is for the beer pong playing statisticians out there, the PongTracker iPhone application.

Let’s face it, if you want to be the best beer pong player in the tailgating lots, you need to know how to improve your shot selection and technique. Keeping track of your beer pong statistics on your iPhone or iPod Touch no matter how many games you play is the key to beer pong domination. Kind of like the MLB at Bat iPhone app I learned about from Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard Hot Clicks and Joe Sports Fan, instead of tracking the on-base percentage of Kurt Suzuki this iPhone app tracks your shooting percentage in a beer pong/beirut game. This application interacts with the host website pongtracker.com so that you can see your averages over multiple games. Features of this app include:

  • Easy-to-use graphical interface
  • Track both singles and team games
  • Play multiple games for a series or just track a single game
  • Play 6, 10, or 12 cup games
  • Interactive cup display to see what cup was hit in the formation
  • Easily add players on the go through the “add user” feature
  • Create leagues or tournaments through the website and use the application to track statistics throughout an entire tournament or season.
  • Save games and come back to finish playing them later
  • Supports offline play – upload games and statistics when a network connection is available

The PongTracker iPhone application is compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch and requires iPhone 2.2 software update or higher. You can download the PongTracker iPhone App directly from the iTunes App Store HERE.

Since October 2007 we have been singing the praises of the Port-o-Pong inflatable beer pong table. Why else would we offer them for sale unless they were the perfect way to play beer pong while tailgating?

Now we are happy to announce that the design of the Port-o-Pong Beer Pong Tables has been changed for the better. The Port-o-Pong Pro design now includes a cup holder on both ends of the beer pong raft for a wash cup . Also, in addition to the classic blue color there is now the the option of your Port-o-Pong coming in the color Pink. Check out some of the photos to see the new design and the newest color option.

Interested in getting your own Port-o-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table? You can shop our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com and get your own. Buy a Port-o-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table by clicking HERE.

The Port-o-Pong is not intended as a flotation device and should not be used as a life saving device. Please know your limit and drink responsibly. Most importantly, please do not drink and drive.




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