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Beard Head

Posted by Dave On February - 1 - 2016

Beard Heads Tailgate

It seems like everyone these days has a beard. Short of spray painting your facial hair, there really isn’t a way to show your support for your team. That was then. Now there is Beard Head.

Beard Head was recently featured on Shark Tank.

As you can see in the video and in the photos, Beard Head is a knit cap with a yarn “beard” that attaches to the hat via velcro. The beard can adjust up or down for smaller faces (kids) or even longer faces (Sarah Jessica Parker).

We tried out the Beard Head Tailgate Series which comes in multiple color variations. I opted for the blue and orange of Cal State Fullerton while my son adjusted his up to support the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Beard Head definitely drew a few looks and smiles and quite a few thumbs up. Because we took ours tailgating and eventually into the game, there was no denying our school and team spirit.

In addition to showcasing your unwavering spirit, the Beard Head is functional too. The hat itself is quite warm and when using the beard, it also helps keep your face warm. The opening for your mouth is perfectly sized too. It enables you to guzzle a few beverages without taking it off. Eating with the beard on might be a challenge especially if you are going with ribs or even a cheese burger. Popping a few peanuts down your cake hole shouldn’t be a problem.

After testing out Beard Heads and taking them tailgating, they are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The Tailgate Series of Beard Heads range in price from $24.99 to $29.99. Other styles are priced differently depending on the style.

To check out the color combination or to see other styles of Beard Heads, visit: beardhead.com

Red Cup Living

Posted by Dave On January - 26 - 2016

Red Cup Living family of products

We tailgaters love the red party cup. Toby Keith even had a song about it. Need we remind you?

The rise in popularity of the red party cup has been a staple at tailgate parties for years but what if you wanted to take the love of the red party cup to the next level? We recently discovered Red Cup Living which created the reusable red party cup.

Red Cup Living drinkware is made from two molds making them incredibly durable and long lasting. They use dense, high-quality ABS plastic with nothing toxic included. No BPA or phthalates are in Red Cup Living drinkware. Dishwasher safe and reusable, these cups give the appearance of an original party cup but you can use them over and over.

Red Cup Living doesn’t just stop at drinking vessels. They also make a wide variety of products that would be welcome at any party. From bicycle drink holders to golf tees to backpacks to table tennis paddles – all resembling the iconic red party cup.

In regards to tailgating, we were at first skeptical about Red Cup Living drinkware. After all, the reason the red party cup has become so popular at tailgate parties is the “cheap and disposable” aspect Toby Keith sang about. For those tailgaters that are seeking not just the fast, cheap and easy cup while tailgating, here are a few reasons you might consider Red Cup Living drinkware and accessories.

1) When it comes to tailgating, everyone is trying to one up each other. Tailgating essentially has become its own competitive sport. Through set-up, drinks, food, etc. we avid tailgaters love fun and unique products. There is a different style of cup for every type of drink and that makes tailgating even more fun. You may be interested in these cups in order to serve a specific drink at your tailgate. You could also permanently personalize your cups again creating a fun atmosphere for those at the tailgate.

2) People care about unnecessary waste more than ever today. Disposable red cups are #6 plastic and not recyclable. We’re sure for those of you that tailgate frequently, you may be concerned with your impact on the environment. The cups can pile up fast at any tailgate. It is one of the functional reasons Red Cup Living started their product lines while creating a fun product line that inspires fun. True, throwing the cups away is easier but there are tailgaters who want to lessen their impact on how much waste they produce.

3) Red Cup Living offers more than just cups. The aforementioned table tennis paddle sets, back packs, cooler packs, etc. which all lend itself to the tailgate party lifestyle. Other accessories include lids and straws which people love at tailgates to keep bugs, dirt, etc. out of their drinks. The double walled design helps insulate cold or hot drinks which is great when you are outdoors and tailgating. They even have a fully insulated coffee tumbler which is great for a hot totty before a game.

Now that you know there is a reusable and unique way to show off your love of the red party cup, you can get numerous kinds at Amazon. Prices vary based on the product you like but considering the fact you can reuse these cups over and over, the initial cost pays off without having to buy more cups later on in the season.

Admittedly, we were skeptical of these cups because they were not disposable. But after testing them out and seeing them up close, we changed our attitude. After checking them out Red Cup Living’s line of products are definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

For more information or to see the entire line of Red Cup Living products, visit: RedCupLiving.com.

Taste of the Stadium

Posted by Dave On January - 25 - 2016

Taste of the Stadium Featured

If you are a fan of social media, you have probably seen those Football Stadiums made entirely out of snacks. Impressive but time consuming, expensive and not terribly practical for tailgating or even game watching at home. We recently discovered a new product called Taste of the Stadium.

As you can see in the video and the photo above, Taste of the Stadium is a way to hold all of your game day snacks in one place while contained in a replica football stadium. The field itself can even hold a cake or you can place figurines in there to replicate a real game going on and your snacks are the spectators.

We were sent a sample of Taste of the Stadium. We tried it out this past weekend while watching the AFC and NFC Championship games.

The Taste Stadium arrives in a large, flat box that will require some assembly. My 7-year old son and I were able to assemble it completely in about 10 to 15 minutes. We stopped along the way to take photos so it may have taken less time than that had we been focused on just putting it together.

The instructions are very easy to understand. It is a lot of folding Tab A and inserting Slot B but all in all, not confusing at all. If you are more of a visual learner, they even have an assembly video.

Once assembled, the stadium measures 31″ x 35″. The ‘field’ holds a 13″ X 9″ X 2″ pan or standard 1/4 sheet cake. The corners hold traditional sized deli or dip containers, both round or square. The grandstands hold a regular sized loaf pan. All materials and printing are food-safe allowing chips, cookies or any other food items to be placed directly in the stadium. In most cases, wipe it down with a damp cloth and you can use it again.

As we mentioned, we tested out the Taste of the Stadium while watching the football games this weekend and it passed with flying colors. A perfect addition to any watch party at home, a.k.a. “homegating”, but even more perfect for a Super Bowl watch party.

Because we are all about tailgating, the Taste of the Stadium could easily go tailgating and be the hit of the parking lot. We would recommend setting it up at home first before taking it tailgating. Break it down once it is assembled and put it back into the box and assemble once parked and tailgating. This way you have put it together once and understand all the folds and insertions. This will make the process quicker because we all know time is precious when out tailgating.

After testing it out while Homegating, the Taste of the Stadium is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Here comes the best part. You can win one of three (3) Taste of the Stadiums being given away and you can have them for your Super Bowl party.

Here are the three ways you can enter:

1) Twitter – Tweet us (@TailgatingIdeas) telling us why you would love a Taste of the Stadium. Make sure to use #TGITasteStadium in your Tweet. We will chose one winner at random.

2) Facebook – Comment on the Facebook post promoting our review. In your comment be sure to tell us why you deserve to have a free taste Stadium at your Super Bowl or tailgate party. Also, mention someone in your comment that you think would love one.

3) Instagram – Comment on our Instagram photo and tag someone that you think would enjoy having a Taste of the Stadium at their Super Bowl or tailgate party.

Winners who enter via our social media channels will be chosen at random. The more people you tag in your comments and tweets could enhance your chance of being chosen.

Winners will be chosen at 10 pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Winners will be notified via the social media channel in which they won on Thursday, January 28, 2016. This way the folks at Taste of the Stadium can send out the free units and they can arrive in time for the Super Bowl.

If you would like a Taste of the Stadium for yourself and would rather not wait to see if you get a free one, you can purchase them via Amazon for $34.99.

For more information, please visit TasteStadium.com.

JUCY Rentals

Posted by Dave On January - 18 - 2016

JUCY Van
For those of us that like to tailgate, many of us yearn for the day when we can tailgate in an RV. The sheer size of RVs can be a bit intimidating even for the most skilled drivers. The price tag for a traditional RV is daunting as well. We were recently introduced to a new company called JUCY that very well may renovate tailgating as we know it.

As you can see in the above photo and the video, JUCY is an RV but more compact. Because it resembles more of a minivan than a big, bulky RV, you can now drive it without the fear of trying to park or needing a home loan to fill up the gas tank.

As you saw in the video, there is a kitchen in the rear of the JUCY Van and even has a sink to wash your hands after whipping up your guests some tailgating grub. The pop-up “Penthouse” on the top would be great for those tailgates that go too long and you need to sleep it off before heading home.

We have not yet tested out JUCY but we will be in a few weeks. We’ll be taking a JUCY Rental up the California coast with a final destination of the Bay Area during Super Bowl weekend. Expect a full review complete with photos and a video to accompany that road trip.

If you are thinking of road tripping up to the Super Bowl that weekend, JUCY is offering what they are calling “JUCY’s Big Game Package“. With numerous options based on lodging needs and how many days you would like to gone, JUCY has you covered.

We are also happy to announce that readers of Tailgating Ideas can get an additional 10% off their booking when they mention they learned about JUCY from TailgatingIdeas.com. For faster booking and to make sure there are still rentals available from your preferred pick up location, call 424-456-4830. Mention Tailgating Ideas when booking via the phone and your 10% discount will apply.

So if road tripping up to the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. sounds like a good time, consider JUCY. Be sure to check back with us in a few weeks after we have taken our road trip to Northern Cal and see how our experience with a JUCY Van was for us. To learn more about JUCY Rentals, visit their website: jucyrentals.com

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.

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