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Product Review – Johnsonville Bacon and Cheddar Grillers

Posted by Brandon On May - 14 - 2013

Bacon…  Cheddar…  Those two words alone are usually enough to catch my ear when describing food.  Well the good folks over at Johnsonville decided to put both of them into their new Bacon and Cheddar Grillers.  So when they asked if I’d like to give them a try I answered with a resounding “Yes!”   The Bacon and Cheddar Grillers are half of the new burger patty line making their debut for this year’s grilling season.  The other half is a mushroom and swiss flavor, but I’ll be covering those in a later post.
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Now I’ve been known to cook bacon right at my tailgate site in a cast iron skillet.  While few things can beat the sound and smell of bacon frying away, virtually nothing can top the the joy of that first bite of salty pork goodness.  However the upside of doing this comes with some negatives.  First of all it’s more to pack.  Second, you have to figure out what to do with the grease.  And lastly, you may have to do some extra cleaning when you get home.  Is it worth the hassle?  Sure. On occasion it’s not a big deal.  Would I do it, or is it practical for every tailgate?  No, probably not.

Well what’s neat about this product is that instead of having to put bacon and cheddar on top of your burger, Johnsonville has put them in to the pattie for you.  For tailgaters this means that you won’t have to worry about preparing/packing those things separately, and there isn’t any more clean up than you would have with regular burgers.

To test these I decided I would use my Weber Q which is my go to tailgating grill.  Because I opted not to thaw the Grillers before use I set the burner to a medium low as not to burn the heck out of the outside while I waited for the inside to come up to temp. As soon as the Grillers hit the grate I could immediately smell that bacon aroma.  I also took the opportunity to look at the cheese which was quite visible throughout the meat.  After about 18 minutes over the heat, the directions called for well done, I pulled the patties.  You can see by the pic, these browned up pretty nice.
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For tasting purposes I decided to take a minimalist approach to toppings and such.  I just went with a little mayo and some black pepper on the bun.  The meat was very juicy and all of the flavors you would expect were there.  The texture of the meat was a little different than I expected, but that is most likely due to the fact that these are made of pork rather than beef.   Unfortunately all of the samples were eaten before having a chance to really experiment with various toppings.  I will say that since you’re getting a head start with the cheese and bacon inside the burger already, you could bring some other flavors to the mix without making the burger too big or unruly.

Since the Bacon and Cheddar Grillers bring real bacon and cheddar flavor to the party without the need for additional packing or prep I am deeming these as “Tailgate Approved.”  Bacon and Cheddar Grillers come in boxes of six patties, and should be available at your local supermarket.  To learn more about Johnsonville products you can visit their website at www.johnsonville.com.  They also have a pretty active social media presence on Twitter @JvilleGrilling and on Facebook.

Can Beer Bong

Posted by Dave On May - 9 - 2013

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Sometimes you just have to finish your beer in the fastest means possible. Whether it is you are packing up and heading into the game or concert or your tailgating neighbor is boasting about how fast he can chug his beer, sometimes you just need to pound your beer.

With a canned beer, there are numerous options to drink it quickly. The Shotgun Champ or even the Shotgun Party Opener are good options to possibly hurting yourself when using a knife, keys, screwdriver or ballpoint pen to make a hole on the side of your beer can. But what if you have already opened your beer? Puncturing a hole in the side of an opened can of beer is not smart and you will spill more than you will drink.

We just discovered the Can Beer Bong. Take a look at our demo video trying it out and showing you how to use it.

The science behind the Can Beer Bong is simple. The ventilation tube replaces the liquid inside the can to allow for an easy flow of the beer. An easier flow of beer means it flows faster and thus replicates a normal funnel and tube beer bong.

Can Beer Bong CardThe best part of the Can Beer Bong is it is small and compact enough to put it in your pocket and bring it to any party. When the time is right to break it out, pop it on your can and chug your beer. That’s a lot easier than dragging a full size funnel and hose to the parking lot.

The Can Beer Bong is priced at $5.00 plus $5.00 for postage and packaging. If you buy two, we’ll waive the additional postage and only charge you the postage as if you had purchased a single Can Beer Bong.

The Can Beer Bong is available for purchase through our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com or to go directly to the Can Beer Bong product page, click HERE.

Bottle Beer Bong

Posted by Dave On April - 30 - 2013

Hot girl bikini top holding the Bottle Beer Bong

Sometimes you just have to finish your beer in the fastest means possible. Whether it is you are packing up and heading into the game or concert or your tailgating neighbor is boasting about how fast he can chug his beer, sometimes you just need to pound your beer.

With a canned beer, there are numerous options to drink it quickly. The Shotgun Champ or even the Shotgun Party Opener are good options to possibly hurting yourself when using a knife, keys, screwdriver or ballpoint pen to make a hole on the side of your beer can. But what if you are drinking bottles? There is no easy solution to chugging a beer out of a bottle other than the old fashioned way.

We just discovered the Bottle Beer Bong. Take a look at our demo video trying it out and showing you how to use it.

The science behind the Bottle Beer Bong is simple. The ventilation tube replaces the liquid inside the bottle to allow for an easy flow of the beer. An easier flow of beer means it flows faster and thus replicates a normal funnel and tube beer bong.

Bottle Beer Bong RetailThe best part of the Bottle Beer Bong is it is small and compact enough to put it in your pocket and bring it to any party. When the time is right to break it out, pop it on your bottle and chug your beer. That’s a lot easier than dragging a full size funnel and hose to the party.

The Bottle Beer Bong is priced at $5.00 plus $5.00 for postage and packaging. If you buy two, we’ll waive the additional postage and only charge you the postage as if you had purchased a single Bottle Beer Bong.

The Bottle Beer Bong is available for purchase through our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com or to go directly to the Bottle Beer Bong product page, click HERE.

Ryobi RYI 2200

Posted by Dave On April - 22 - 2013

Ryobi RYI2200 Generator

When it comes to tailgating there are a number of things on short supply. Running water and electricity are two of those things. And although running water is the most rare commodity while tailgating, the dearth of power in the parking lots has been solved by bringing portable generators to stadiums and arenas. The main problem with generators? They are typically big, bulky, emit noxious fumes and the most annoying aspect, they are typically loud.

Go anywhere in the tailgating parking lots and the generator you will see most is the Honda EU series. Honda struck gold when they rolled out the EU series with the highly desirable combination of fuel efficiency and noise reduction. But with high quality came a hefty price tag. For example, the Honda EU2000i Generatoricon typically costs $1,300 but you know what they say, “You get what you pay for”. The Honda EU Series became the de facto gold standard by which all portable generators were judged based on the muffler and lack of noise output.

We recently had the opportunity to test and review the Ryobi RYI 2200 Digital Inverter Generator and put it through its paces in a simulated tailgating environment. Naturally we wanted to compare it to a Honda EU series generator to see how it stacks up side by side when it comes to noise output. Here is the video review we put together comparing the Ryobi RYI 2200 to a Honda EU 1000i generator.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample Ryobi RYI 2200 for free. The fact this sample was provided without charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the Ryobi RYI 2200 fairly and objectively.)

If you chose to skip the video, it is safe to say the Ryobi RYI 2200 is “Tailgate Approved”. In the video we compared the Ryobi generator to a Honda EU 1000 generator. Although it was not an apples to apples comparison seeing how the Ryobi puts out a maximum wattage twice that of the Honda we were comparing it to, that was by design. Common reasoning would assume that a generator that puts out double the wattage would in turn, produce twice the noise. That was not the case with the Ryobi. We found the Ryobi RYI 2200 to be just as quiet as the Honda and the added bonus is that the maximum load is 2200 watts compared to just 1000 watts.

Here are some specs for those of you wanting the low down on all the features of the Ryobi RYI 2200:

Running Watts / Starting Watts: 1800W / 2200W
Voltage / Frequency: 120V / 60Hz
Rated Amperage: 15 Amp AC, 7.5 Amp DC
Engine: 106cc OHC 4 Cycle
Starting: Recoil
Fuel Tank: 1 Gallon
Run Time 2.5 hrs @ Full Load / 5 hrs @ 50% Load
Outlets: (2) 120V AC 20 Amp, (1) 12 V DC 7.5 Amp, Parallel Kit Capable
Weight: 51 lbs.

Ryobi RYI2200 on wheelsAnother great feature of the Ryobi that we found to be superior to the Honda is that is comes with rear wheels and a telescoping luggage handle that allows for ease of transportation. The handles on the top allow it to be easily moved into place once you are parked but the rear wheels makes it a breeze to roll it to the opposite end of your vehicle and away from your tailgate party guests.

Now comes the real clincher. The Ryobi RYI 2200 sells for nearly half the cost of the Honda EU 2000i. Exclusively sold through Home Depot, the Ryobi RYI 2200 sell for around $599.00. Compare that to the Honda EU 2000i that normally sells for around $1,300. (A quick search on Amazon.com and we found one priced at $1,285.74)

Based on the power, fuel efficiency, noise abatement and overall the more affordable price, we are going to deem the Ryobi RYI 2200 definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

The added power and functions of this generator and the ability to be a good tailgating neighbor with low noise output, we are now considering the Ryobi will be a replacement for the Honda EU 1000 as our “go to” generator for future tailgate parties. The ability to watch the early games on TV and still be able to mix up a batch of margaritas in a blender without worrying about maxing out the power load on the generator makes for a more enjoyable tailgate party.

To learn more about the Ryobi RYI 2200 visit, ryobitools.com. To buy one of your own, visit HomeDepot.com or just walk into your local Home Depot and head towards the tools aisle.

Beverage Coozie Ice Pack

Posted by Dave On April - 18 - 2013

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Now that baseball season is here and College Football’s spring games are already underway, that means the age old battle of trying to keep your drink colder, longer is back again. The old fashioned koozie sleeve has served us well but sometimes the bottom of the can can still get a little warm. I was recently contacted by the folks who make Beverage Coozie Ice Packs to test out their product. We did a quick video to demonstrate how they work.

If you skipped the video, please refer to the top photo to see how they work. Basically the Beverage Coozie Ice Packs are small discs that are filled with a substance that you freeze and can reuse over and over again. Simply place one of these discs in the base of your koozie, insert your canned beverage into the koozie and the disc will keep your canned beverage cold from the bottom up. Quite the simple concept but a brilliant one at that.

We tested this product thoroughly and found it to be “Tailgate Approved”.

The Beverage Coozie Ice Packs are priced at $1.50 per disc. If you want to buy six, we sell them six (6) for $6. Shipping is $2.00 if you buy one disc or a six pack. To buy any number of these Beverage Coozie Ice Packs, click here.

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