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The Big Game is coming up this weekend, and even though many of us will not be tailgating the event most of the world will be having some sort of party.  Some will have huge spreads featuring every variety of finger food known to man.  Others will have something a little more conservative.  If you’re still on the fence about what you’re going to do, and especially if you’re leaning towards a more low key evening I might have something that you’d be interested in.  31666_123177024370134_7227124_n-640x339

If you’ll think back to 2013 we reviewed Ball Park brand patties.  You can see that post here, but to save you time we liked them.  Well as luck would have it we were approached about trying one of their turkey patty offerings, specifically the Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties.  Since we like biting the bullet, or in this case burger, for our readers to let them know our take on products we were happy to do it.  One of the first things I did with these is to see what sort of difference nutritionally there is between the beef and turkey options.  As you might guess the turkey patties are lower in calories, and fat.  They do have a little more in the way of sodium, but that might be because my variety has cheese in the pattie.  So in other words it would appear that the turkey burgers are “better” for you.  That’s relative, but it’s still January and I pretend that things

Disclaimer: We receieved a package of Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties free of charge.  This in no way affected our ability to review the product in a fair and objective manner.5450019316_BP_Turkey_CheddarJalapeno_Patty_3d

Now all of that doesn’t mean a thing if the taste isn’t there.  Now it’s important to remember that this isn’t a beef product, so you can’t go into it thinking of it as such.  In order to test the product without much in the way of alteration I just microwaved the product, one of the main reasons you’d buy something like this, and placed it on a standard hamburger bun. No condiments, no additional cheese, just the bun and the patty.  It was pretty darn tasty.  The jalapeno provided a nice little warmth, and the cheese was melty and creamy.  For what this product is, a frozen turkey burger, it is certainly good enough to keep around for something to eat in a hurry.  With the remaining product I made some burgers with some additional condiments and they became a wonderful shortcut to a decent weeknight burger.  All in all I would recommend the Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties to anyone looking for a lower calorie, quick to make option.

If you’re still on the fence, or if you just want to try something for nothing we do have some coupons to giveaway.  Much like the last Ball Park giveaway to enter simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll randomly select 5 people.  When you comment please use an email address that you monitor as that’s the one I’ll contact you on.   If you’d like to enter leave your comment by no later than Friday 1/30/15 by 11:59 PST.  If you’re selected as a winner I will email you asking for your preferred physical mailing address, which I’ll pass along to the marketing firm that is handling promotion of this product, and they’ll mail the coupon to you.  If you’re wondering I’ve been assured that no information will be stored as a result of this, it simply saves on them mailing the coupons to me and then me to you.

Top 10 posts of 2014

Posted by Dave On January - 7 - 2015

Seven years. It’s been seven years since we started this tailgating lifestyle blog in August 2007. To predict that we would still be going strong after that amount of time was nearly impossible given the nature of blogging.

Who knew that you could blog about tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle and not only have people read it but come back regularly to interact and engage in the conversation. We did and are happy to continue into 2015 and beyond to bring you the best in tailgating news, product reviews, tailgating game reviews and maybe a little humor along the way.

2014 was another great year for Tailgating Ideas in that we reviewed lots of products and provided tons of information for you enthusiasts out there in the parking lot. It wasn’t easy but our commitment to you the readers along with discovering new things to not only help you tailgate, but to tailgate better, has always been our goal.

Even though 2014 has come to a close and we are already a week into 2015, we wanted to take a look back and recap the year that was. Here is the list of the Top 10 most popular post on TailgatingIdeas.com in 2014. (Rankings based on web traffic analytics and number of page views for a particular post.)

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10. Tailgate TV Stand – Who wouldn’t want to watch TV off the back of their car while tailgating? We reviewed the Tailgate TV Stand and found it to be “Tailgate Approved” based on it’s functionality and the ability to rotate your flat screen TV 360 degrees to keep it out of sun glare or to protect it from errant footballs in the parking lot.

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9. KoolerCap – Keeping your ice from melting while tailgating has been a big problem since the dawn of tailgating. We reviewed the KoolerCap, which essentially is a blanket that covers the top of of the ice to prevent heat transfer every time you open the cooler to grab a cold one. Big money saver for those who tailgate for longer periods.

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8. Fanatic Lights – Fanatic Lights are high-grade, custom, super bright, alternating (or single) colored, gumball shaped, LED bulb strands of lights. They are basically Christmas Lights for your pop-up tent in your team’s colors. Battery operated, you don’t have to drag out the generator to make these lights shine and show your team spirit.

Sunscreen Flask by the pool
7. Sunscreen Flasks now available in a 2-pack – The original Sunscreen Flask came packaged by itself. The folks over at GoPong came up with their own version and rolled them out as a 2-Pack. One flask was designed to look like a SPF 15 tube of sunscreen while the other was disguised as a tube of SPF 30. That way you can smuggle two different flavors of alcohol into events and have double the fun. With good news like that, no wonder this post came in ranked No. 7.

6. Shotgun chug a beer challenge to strike out PMS – You remember this past summer when it seemed like everyone was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. We decided we wanted to have a little fun with it and parody that craze with a challenge to strike out an even more annoying affliction… PMS.

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5. The Tailgating Kit – This post was propelled to the top five by the power of social media. Apparently people enjoy it so much that they chose to share with with their friends on Facebook over 700 times and on Twitter over 20 times. Not bad for a post that reviewed an all-inclusive tailgating kit that includes plates, cups, utensils, napkins, etc. all in one box.

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4. Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014 – Whereas the last top post was driven by social media traffic, this post was vaulted into the top five by appearing in the December 11th edition of Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks. With all kinds of cool things to put in the stocking of your favorite tailgater on your shopping list, why wouldn’t this post be one of the more popular in all of 2014?

Lotion Flasks Combo
3. Lotion Flasks – You saw earlier how popular the Sunscreen Flasks post was so it stands to reason a post about smuggling your booze using a flask that looks like a tube of hand lotion would break the top three. A genius way to save money on attending events by skipping the expensive drinks and mixing your own while inside. And what security guard is going to question a woman with three different types of hand lotion in her purse?

Anti 7 Layer Dip
2. 70 Layer Dip Recipe – Last year’s Super Bowl included the Broncos and the Seahawks. The two states these two teams hail from are the only two states in the union to have passed laws that legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In honor of that we thought instead of sharing a recipe for a regular, old 7-layer dip…. why not a 70-layer dip consisting of drunken and stoner munchies foods. Some of the combinations might surprise you. The sheer shock value of this post along with social media sharing propelled it to the runner-up spot for most popular post in 2014.

NY Jets Tailgaters

NY Jets Tailgaters

1. $500 AT&T Gift Card #Techgating Finalists – Social Media and reader involvement pushed this post to the top of the heap for 2014. Whenever you offer up $500 for free, you are going to get a response and boy, did we ever. Not only was this post shared on regular social media like Facebook and Twitter by the teams vying for the most polling votes, but was also shared on message boards and forums across the internet. Never underestimate the power of grassroots sharing on the internet when it comes to reeling in internet traffic.

Thanks for a great 2014 and we are looking forward to an even bigger, better and stronger 2015. August will complete our eighth year blogging about tailgating and we hope to keep it up for many years to come. Happy New Year to everyone and please come back often for more great content about tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle.

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Two Beers in Two Seconds With The Bierstick

Posted by Dave On December - 26 - 2014

bierstick_girls.jpgYou’ve seen the 12 Man Beer Bong and even the Flabongo. Now comes The Bierstick. At first glance it looks a lot like an over-sized syringe (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens eat your heart out) and holds 24 ounces of beer. The concept is simple. Fill up the The Bierstick with two beers. Replace the mouthpiece and push out excess air. Place the plunger end against a solid surface. (like a girl only wearing a bra as the picture to the right suggests) Press down and consume at your own pace. Don’t have a hot girl wearing just a bra and panties at your disposal? I am sure a car door in the neighboring tailgating space will suffice.

In case you are more of a visual learner or just like stick figure drawings, check out the tutorial below.



The best part about The Bierstick is that you can control the speed in which you consume your beer. Beer bongs use good old gravity to send the beer down to your open gullet. With The Bierstick you control the flow depending on how fast you push on the plunger. Yet another clever way to get beer in you faster than normal.

We sampled the Bierstick and did this demonstration video:

After thoroughly testing the Bierstick, we are going to deem it, “Tailgate Approved”.

The Bierstick will run you about $30 plus shipping and handling.

Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2014 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 17 - 2014

Holiday Gift Guide For tailgaters 2014
According to xmasclock.com, you only have roughly 7 days and a few hours left before Christmas. That means if you have not purchased all your holiday gifts yet, you better get on the stick. We empathize with you the procrastinating gift buyers and proudly offer this year’s edition of the Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters. If you don’t find anything in the 2014 edition that your tailgater might enjoy, check out our previous years gift guides (2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010) and we are sure you will find something they will love. Without further delay, here is the 2014 edition of the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters.

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Tailgate TV Stand

If you want to step up your tailgating game, bringing a TV to the tailgating parking lot is a must. And if you are going to bring a TV to the tailgate, you don’t want it taking up valuable table space. You want to mount your TV at your tailgating space much like you would mount it at home. Up and out of the way and safe from errant footballs that may accidentally come in contact with your TV. That is why you need to get a Tailgate TV Stand. The Tailgate TV Stand is a hitch mounted TV stand that holds your flat screen TV and can rotate 360 degrees. The Tailgate TV Stand is essentially three pieces that assemble quickly in order to mount your TV for viewing off the back of your vehicle so long as it has a 2″ tow hitch receiver. $169.99

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They always say, “People tend to give gifts they would like to receive themselves”. This one falls directly into that category. VersaPong is beer pong racks that quickly mount and are easily removed from the tops of PVC pipe that makes tripod stands. The set up is a breeze and the space it takes up in your tailgating vehicle is minimal. Plus your tailgater will be the coolest tailgater in the parking lot or the backyard BBQ when they break out these bad boys that no one has ever seen before. Comes in multiple color options including black, red, blue, green, purple and yellow. 69.95

Texas Sucks Tailgate Tag
Tailgate Tags: Novelty License Plates

Tailgate Tags are aluminum U.S. State background license plates that can be customized to reflect a slogan or message of your choice. They even have a variety of pre-made tailgate tags geared towards specific fan bases, i.e. Alabama license plates that say “Roll Tide” or a Louisiana plate that says “Who Dat?” for the New Orleans Saints fans. Tailgate Tags have the option of the lettering sublimated or with vinyl lettering. All 50 states are available and some states even have multiple background options (California, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico and Ohio) if you prefer an old school plate. Sublimated Customized Plates cost $19.95 and Vinyl Customized Plates run $17.95.

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Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014

Posted by Dave On December - 10 - 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to shop for that person on your gift list who has everything and is impossible to buy for. On top of that, you need to find something that is small enough to fit into their stocking. Have no fear because this is our fifth year publishing our annual Stocking Stuffer Guide for Tailgaters. (Our previous guides are still excellent for ideas as well… 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010)

Grab these ideas and make sure to order these items to arrive in time to stuff them in the tailgater in your life’s stocking.

Lotion Flasks Combo
Lotion Flasks

Everyone hates the high prices of food and drink inside the stadium or concert venues. Why not fight back and smuggle your booze into events using these stealth flasks made to look like hand lotion tubes? Each one is made of food grade plastic, holds 4 oz. of liquid and comes in a 3-pack. A total of 12 ounces of booze smuggling between all three lotion flasks. The box also includes two mini funnels to fill them up easily at home before heading to the game or concert. $15

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The TailGator Beverage Glove

These gloves are warm and comfortable with a soft microfleece shell, Thinsulate insulation, waterproof lining and soft rubber-tech grip. Oh, did we mention it also has a cup holder built right in to hold your favorite beverage? The elastic stretch beverage holder accommodates all types of beverages – bottles, cans, plastic cups and water bottles all fit snugly in the holder. Simply flip the holder around to the palm side of the glove and attach it to the Velcro tab. When not in use, the holder attaches to the back of the glove, completely out of the way. Comes in a number of colors including Midnight Black, Gripper Green, Glacier Blue and Cardinal Red, so you can be sure to coordinate with your favorite team. Or go for the Highland Timber Camo if you are trying to remain properly hydrated while hiding from deer… or your wife with that “honey do” list in her hand. $24.99

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.50 Cal Bottle Opener

Yeah, we know. Ho hum. Who needs another bottle opener? The tailgater that wants to look like a bad ass opening up beer bottles, that’s who! Nothing says bad ass like a bottle opener made from a previously fired .50 caliber shell. .50 Cals are the guns they mount to the top of Humvees and can rip a hole into a telephone pole the size of a grapefruit. If you want to see a single .50 Cal bullet vs 18 inches of solid ice, check out this video HERE. Suffice to say, you open up your beer bottle with a previously fired .50 caliber shell, that pretty much shows everyone you are a bad ass tailgater. $15
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TailgatingIdeas.com is a tailgating blog dedicated to bringing you the latest and most intriguing tailgating ideas out there. Whether it is the latest tailgating gear reviews, a great new recipe or a funny list to make you smile, our goal is to inform and entertain the avid and the casual tailgater alike.

Started in August 2007 by tailgating enthusiast Dave Lamm, TailgatingIdeas.com has evolved into an advocate for tailgaters rights and is not afraid to touch on controversial issues confronting those who frequent the tailgating parking lots.

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