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The Hungry Fan Spice Rubs

Posted by Dave On January - 11 - 2016

The Hungry Fan Daina Falk

When it comes to tailgating food, especially tailgating food for your grill, a good BBQ rub can either make or break your tailgate party. We had a chance to test out about some spice rubs that are not just something you find in your local grocery store but were put together by Daina Falk, a.k.a. The Hungry Fan.

Hungry Fan is led by TV personality, celebrity cook and spokeswoman, Daina Falk, or as she is better known by her moniker, “The Hungry Fan.” Falk is the daughter of sports agent, David Falk, and grew up around sports and extraordinary professional athletes. Combining her genuine, life-long interest in and enthusiasm for sports, Daina launched a media career in 2011, covering major sporting events such as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and multiple Super Bowls for a variety of major networks. Utilizing her culinary training and flair for Game Day food, Daina simultaneously began a career as a celebrity foodie, doing in-person appearances and television cooking demos for such shows as NBC’s The Today Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Daina’s first cookbook (with Time Inc.) hits bookstores in August, 2016 and she begins a nationwide media tour to promote the book in April, 2016.

Needless to say, Daina Falk has been to a few tailgates and knows her way around a grill. She has created her first two spice packs, a BBQ Spice blend and a pumpkin spice blend. We were sent samples of both and had to try them out. Followers of @tailgatingideas on Instagram and @TailgatingIdeas on Twitter have probably already seen these photos.

The above photos were taken of a pork shoulder we smoked for about eight hours. We used the Hungry Fan BBQ Spice Rub and as you can see , it turned out fantastic. One of the things we liked most about the BBQ rub from Hungry Fan was not only the taste but the lower carbohydrates. As you know, most BBQ sauces contain a lot of sugars, thus giving them higher carbohydrates. In today’s day and age when many people are looking for places to cut carbs but still enjoy the taste of good BBQ, this might be a great way to do that. By using the Hungry Fan BBQ rub we were still able to get the BBQ sauce flavor but without all the unnecessary sugars and carbs.

We also tried out the Hungry Fan Pumpkin Spice blend. It may sound crazy but we actually tried the pumpkin spice blend in our beer. As you know pumpkin spiced everything is all the rage once the calendar goes to October including pumpkin lattes and even pumpkin beer. We added the Hungry Fan pumpkin spice to a milk stout and it turned it into a pumpkin stout and was actually quite good.

Now we all like a great tailgating recipe to impress our friends. In checking out The Hungry Fan website, we came across Yammy Barbecue Chicken Empanadas and thought it would be a great one to share. Here is the recipe.

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Yammy Barbecue Chicken Empanadas
Makes 10

2 medium yams
1/4 cup sour cream
½ teaspoon Hungry Fan™ Pumpkin Spice Blend
4 chicken thighs
1 (2-ounce) pouch Hungry Fan™ Barbecue Spice Blend
1 cup Cin Chili’s Cin-Fully Hot (Cayenne Pepper) Hot Sauce
1/2 cup honey
10 (store-bought) empanada discs
Avocado oil or vegetable oil for frying
Fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Prick the yams several times each with a fork and place them onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tender.

Let the yams cool enough to handle, then remove skin. Place into a mixing bowl and mash well with a fork or potato masher. Add sour cream and Pumpkin Spice Blend and mix until incorporated.

Generously rub chicken thighs with Hungry Fan™ Barbecue Spice Blend.

Place the thighs into the refrigerator, covered, let allow them to marinate at least 30 minutes. (They’re best overnight).

In a bowl, combine the cayenne pepper sauce with the honey and another tablespoon of Hungry Fan™ Barbecue Spice Blend. Place the chicken thighs into the mixture and toss to coat.

Transfer the now coated chicken into a large skillet and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Flip the chicken over and cover the skillet. Simmer until the liquid has thickened. Remove from skillet.

Use a fork to shred the chicken. Combine the chicken and any sauce left in the skillet into the yam mixture and mix.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the chicken and yam mixture into the middle of an empanada disc. Fold the disc in half to form a moon shape. Moisten the edges of the disc with and pinch to seal closed, or seal with a fork.

Fill a deep saucepan with oil to a depth of 2 ½ inches. Heat the oil until hot (350 degrees) over medium-high heat.

Cook the empanadas until golden brown, flipping once, for about 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-covered plate to drain then, while still hot, sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Serve and enjoy!

We would highly recommend checking out hungryfan.com and taking a look at not only the spice rubs but their assortment of sauces as well. We’re sure you will find something to spice up your upcoming tailgates.

Top 10 posts of 2015

Posted by Dave On December - 30 - 2015

They say that if a friendship can last seven years, it will last a lifetime. So what does that say about a tailgating lifestyle blog that is now eight years old? I guess we are in it for the long haul. With more fun stuff to come in 2016, we are excited to see what the new year will bring.

But before we launch head first into 2016, we’d like to look back at 2015. Every year we like to take a look back on the year that was and share the most popular blog posts from the year expiring. With just a few more days left in 2015, we had a number of posts that were quite popular and generated a bit of interest and readership.

Here is the list of the Top 10 most popular post on TailgatingIdeas.com in 2015.

(Rankings based on web traffic analytics and number of page views for a particular post.)
The Coolest Cooler comes in three colors

10. The Coolest Cooler

It is not often you get to review one of the products that was the subject of one of the most highly successful and well funded Kickstarter campaigns, but we did. Sporting a built-in blender, Bluetooth music speaker, magnetic bottle opener, an LED light and so many more features jammed packed into a functional cooler, this product was one of the best we have seen not only in 2015 but in the past eight years of tailgating. Published in the end of November, had this review been published earlier in the year, this post would have ranked higher due to the overwhelming response and high traffic coming in via social media shares. The original post can be found here: The Coolest Cooler

Slick Shotz Kit

Slick Shotz Kit

9. Slick Shotz New & Improved

When it comes to smuggling booze into events, you need to stay one step ahead of the security guards. Slick Shotz did just that in improving their product to include a better heat sealer and built-in funnels on the shot packs. The original post can be found here: Slick Shotz – New and Improved

College Football Tailgating Lot

8. Five reasons modern tailgating is awesome

Everyone likes things that are more modern. This post details why tailgating in the 21st Century is way better than the old days. The original post can be found here:
Modern tailgating is awesome – Here’s 5 reasons why

Bacon wrapped Oreos

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post

7. The Six Craziest Tailgating Foods on the Planet

From Bacon Wrapped Oreos to Cowboy Caviar to Insanely Hot Chicken Wings, our writer Dan Stern detailed the The 6 craziest tailgating foods on the planet. No wonder it was one of the top visited blog posts in 2015.

Freedom Grill Tailgating Grill Hot Girl

6. The Freedom Grill Making a Comeback?

Everyone loved the Freedom Grill and the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. Unfortunately both are extinct and no longer being manufactured. When we started hearing rumblings through the grapevine that a possible return of the workhorse tailgating grill was on the horizon, we shared those rumors with our readers. Based on the fact that this post ranked No. 6 in our most popular posts, you can understand that there still is a demand for these grills and a hopefulness they will be coming out of retirement sooner than later. The original post can be found here: Freedom Grill making a come back?

Drinking Jacket Features

5. The Drinking Jacket

A victim of being posted in November and having less than two months of web traffic, our review of The Drinking Jacket broke into the Top 5 of the most popular posts in 2015. Shared extensively on social media, this “Tailgate Approved” product was bound to be a highly popular post had it been published earlier in the year.

Naked pong three sheets

4. Naked Pong

Did someone say Strip Beer Pong? Anytime you combine a popular tailgating game with a way to get your opponents to take off some clothing, you have a winning blog post. The original post can be found here: Naked Pong

Pelican Cooler Featured

3. Pelican Elite Coolers

A high quality cooler that has outstanding ice retention will always catch the eyes of tailgaters. Our review from March was quite popular with numerous people sharing it via social media. The original post can be found here: Pelican Elite Coolers

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2. Stubb’s Recipe Contest Finalist

As you might imagine, anytime there is an online vote to win cash and prizes, that will generate a lot of interest. Coming in at the No. 2 most popular and most visited blog post is the Stubb’s Recipe Contest Finalists. Shared nearly 2,000 times on social media, this was one contest that definitely generated a buzz about grill and tailgating.

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Photo courtesy of theCHIVE

1. Top Beer Pong Distractions for Tailgating

Beer Pong is rapidly becoming a serious threat to cornhole as the most popular tailgating game in the parking lot. Because of that, we thought it a public service to publish the Top Beer Pong Distractions for Tailgating. As you can tell, apparently two attractive ladies showing off some ample cleavage not only distracts beer pong players but reels in plenty of web traffic making it our top blog post of 2015.

So that’s a wrap on 2015. Did any of your favorite blog posts from the past year make in? If not, share with us in the comments below you favorite TailgatingIdeas.com blog post from 2015.

BUILT NY Totes

Posted by Dave On December - 24 - 2015

BUILT NY Growler and Bottle totes
The craft beer industry has exploded in the past few years and more and more people are choosing craft beer in the parking lot over those tried and true macro-brews. Craft beer lovers understand that fresh beer straight from the tap tastes best and that is why growlers are starting to pop up more and more in the tailgating parking lots. The same goes for craft beer in 22 oz. “bombers” along with wine. More and more people are choosing alternative adult beverages. The growing need to transport them and keep them cold has led us to discover BUILT NY Totes.

As you can see in the top photo, BUILT NY Totes are neoprene totes that insulate and store flat. We recently tested out the Two Bottle Tote and the Insulated Growler Tote before the San Diego Chargers final home game of 2015.

We first started out hitting one of our favorite local breweries, Bottle Logic Brewing in Anaheim, Calif., the night before the game. We got our stainless steel growler filled there and placed it in the BUILT NY Growler Tote. It insulated and kept it cold while we tasted a few of the new beers just released. We then took it home and placed it into the fridge for the next day. The BUILT NY Growler Tote made it easy to carry to and from the brewery to the car and into the house.

Growlers Tote at the brewery

Growlers Tote at the brewery

Built NY Growler Tote ready to go home

Built NY Growler Tote ready to go home

We also had the opportunity to test the BUILT NY Two Bottle Tote. Also made of insulating neoprene, this tote has two slots for carrying larger bottles like 22 oz. bombers of beer or wine bottles. With a handle at the top for ease of transport, we also brought the Two Bottle Tote tailgating.

As you can see in the photos, the BUILT NY totes, whether for bottles or a growler, made it easy to bring craft beer or wine to any tailgate party. The insulated neoprene kept the bottles and growler cold just as a regular can or bottle koozie keeps your individual bottle or can cold. The handle is strongly stitched and we liked that when not in use, they fold flat and are easily stored.

After taking the BUILT NY Growler Tote and Two-Bottle Tote tailgating, they are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. In addition to tailgating these totes would be great for the upcoming New Years Eve parties in order to bring along a bottle of wine or two to the host or a growler of that special release craft beer that everyone at the party has been wanting to try. Super Bowl party? Forget about it. These totes would be a life saver and make you the hit of the party.

The Two-Bottle Tote is $17.99 directly from BUILT NY’s website or $13.57 from Amazon. The Two-Bottle Tote comes in six different colors/patterns.

The Growler Tote is also $17.99 and comes in two colors patterns; Black and Tweed Camo. The Growler Tote is also available from Amazon.

Stocking Stuffer gift guide 2015

Posted by Dave On December - 14 - 2015

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You might have your holiday shopping done, at least with the big stuff, but what about those pesky stocking stuffers that always seem to befuddle even those most experienced of holiday shoppers? Have no fear, our annual Stocking Stuffer Guide for tailgaters is here to save you. We have some of the most fun items that fit nicely into a stocking that any tailgater or sports fan on your list will love all the way into next year. (Our previous guides are still excellent for ideas as well. Click each year for those stocking stuffer suggestions: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.)

Girl playing strip beer pong

Photo courtesy of theCHIVE

Naked Pong

It might be a bit chilly to use Naked Pong sticker packs while out tailgating but you can give them as a great stocking stuffer. These sticker packs are placed on the bottom of regular party cups usually used for Beer Pong. Once a cup is hit, drink the contents, turn the cup over to reveal the consequence. Consequences range from remove a piece of clothing, the shooter needs to remove a piece of clothing, the player adds a piece of clothing or the player is safe and does not have to do anything. $7.00 per sticker pack and available from SpringBreak24-7.com.
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Cooler2See Magentic Koozies with LED flashlight

The ability to combine numerous features into one tailgating product never ceases to amaze us here at Tailgating Ideas. A koozie is standard tailgating equipment but one that is magnetic and has a powerful flashlight on the bottom takes it to the next level. The Cooler2See koozie has strong magnets built in so you can keep your beverage cold and safe while tailgating stuck to your pop-up tent leg or on the side of your car. The LED flashlight comes in handy for those tailgates after dark when you want to see into your cooler and need to identify the beers from the sodas which have invariably been mixed together in the ice. Batteries are included. $14.95 per koozie.
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Pro Glow Cornhole Lights

Posted by Dave On December - 11 - 2015

Pro Glow Cornhole Lights Featured
We tailgaters like to cornhole day and night. Night time cornholing presents a problem because the human eye needs light to see. Typically if you were playing cornhole in a low light situation, you could place a flashlight under your boards to try and illuminate the surface that way. What if there was a way to illuminate the perimeter of your cornhole boards so the entire board was visible? Pro Glow Cornhole Lights are your answer.

We recently had the chance to test out Pro Glow Cornhole Lights and took them to the most recent San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos game. The game started at 1:05 pm but by the time the game was over and we waited the hour for the parking lot to empty out, it was already dark. Even though the parking lot was well lit from the parking lot light poles, the Pro Glow Conrhole Lights really helped us see the boards. Plus, it really made our boards look really cool.

(Disclaimer: We received samples of Pro Glow Cornhole Lights free of charge. The fact these samples were provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

As you can see in the photos, Pro Glow Cornhole Lights illuminate six (6) feet of lights in sections of two (2) feet each. One set of Pro Glow Conrhole Lights can illuminate the entire perimeter of a regulation 2′ x 4′ cornhole board or you can illuminate just the top half or the bottom half of both your regulation size cornhole boards. Buying two sets and you can illuminate the perimeter of both your cornhole boards.

These lights take three (3) AA batteries. The sample that was provided to us included the batteries but if purchasing, we do not know if the batteries are included.

We found that we could easily attach and re-arrange for a custom combination and we were able to remove the lights for storage because they attach to the boards using self-adhesive velcro mounts. The installation for one board took a grand total of about three minutes and that included placing the adhesive velcro mounts on for the first time. While in the parking lot, attaching the lights to the velcro took less than a minute.

Available colors include Red, Blue, Green, White and Pink. All of those colors are solid on/off. Disco colors flash and dance with all colors. Nothing like bringing a little attention to your night cornholing with these lights.

After taking the Pro Glow Cornhole Lights out tailgating and using them in our front yard at night, these lights are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The only suggestion we can make it to really light up your cornhole boards, consider adding Cornhole Lanterns to your boards to illuminate the cornhole as well. Combining the Cornhole Lantern to light up the hole and Pro Glow Cornhole Lights to illuminate the board’s perimeter, now you have no excuse for your horrible tosses while playing at night.

Pro Glow Cornhole Lights are $19.99 per set and are available from Amazon. If you wanted to illuminate both your cornhole boards, we suggest buying two sets.

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