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Attention: The Freedom Grill FG-50 is now the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. Same great craftsmanship and quality, just new colors and theme. If green is not your color, see our video tutorial on how to customize the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill to your own team colors.

margaritaville_tailgating_grill.jpgGreat tailgating gear needs to be portable, convenient, affordable and functional. I have been to more than my fair share of tailgate parties and rarely have I experienced those four characteristics in one single product. That was true until I tailgated with my own Freedom Grill FG-50. The Freedom Grill is by far and away, hands down, the coolest and best tailgating essential on the market today. (click images to see larger size and more detailed.)

The fact that you can attach a full sized gas grill to the back of your tailgating vehicle, drive with it on and start grilling five minutes after you park is simply amazing. As long as you have a standard 2″ tow hitch receiver on your truck, trailer or SUV, you can use the Freedom Grill. No more worrying about if your grill leaked meat juices in the back of your SUV. The Freedom Grill rides outside of your vehicle and once parked, swings away from your tailgate or SUV lift gate allowing you access to all your other tailgating gear.

Check out this short video with Stephen Linn to see exactly how easy it is to grill with the Freedom Grill.

My own experience with the Freedom Grill FG-50 could not have been better. My first time using the Freedom Grill, I was amazed at how fast the grill reached 500°F. (the optimum temperature for grilling.) The FG-50 has a 20,000 BTU stainless steel burner under a 352 square-inch cooking area. That means it has enough room to cook the fattest of Tri-Tip steaks and more than enough heating power to have your food come out just to your liking. Make sure to keep an eye on your food and know when to flip your meat. The Freedom Grill is pretty awesome but can’t turn your brats while you are off playing cornhole.

For years I tailgated with a Coleman RoadTrip Grill. It was a nice grill and served me well. Now that I have a Freedom Grill, I doubt that little guy will see the tailgating parking lot ever again. The Freedom Grill is without a doubt the one piece of tailgating gear you have to have if you want to be taken seriously as a tailgater. There is no equivalent and there is no substitute for a Freedom Grill.

I put together a demonstration video on the speed and ease of setting up a Freedom Grill FG-50 compared to my old Coleman Road Trip Grill. You’ll see that with the Freedom Grill you are up and cooking well before you would if you used a Coleman Road Trip Grill. See for yourself.

Video Tutorial: The Tailgating Cooler

Posted by Dave On August - 26 - 2008

Sarah East and David Hobbs of Food Gear Show break down the right and wrong types of coolers you should bring tailgating.

Tailgating Video: There Was Tailgating In Beijing?

Posted by Dave On August - 26 - 2008

Apparently tailgating is not just an North American phenomenon. This report from WBAL shows there was tailgating going on during the Olympic Games in Beijing. Who knew?

Tailgating Video: Air Guitar Using A Tailgating Table

Posted by Dave On August - 26 - 2008

We’ve all probably heard about, seen it played or played it ourselves the video game Guitar Hero. Here is a guy tailgating at a Nascar race that has taken the “sport” or air guitar to a whole new level. It really picks up at the 0:45 mark.

YM Sports Grates Take Your Tailgate To The Next Level

Posted by Dave On August - 22 - 2008

I have been blogging about tailgating for over a year now. Very rarely do I come across a tailgating accessory that makes me say, “Oh my God! That is the coolest thing ever!” Well, today was one of those rare days. I discovered YM Sports Grates and you guessed it, they manufacture stainless steel grill grates with your Alma Mater’s logo laser cut right into them.

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This concept is the brainchild of Matt Yarder, a 26 year old, fourth generation metal fabricator from Toledo, Ohio. Yarder comes from a long line of metal fabricators starting with his great grandfather who started the company in his garage in the 1920’s and 30’s. Matt’s great grandfather made tool boxes and sold them to the auto workers on the corner of Tiger Stadium. Now, nearly 100 years later, Yarder Manufacturing is now offering these custom grill grates to tailgaters and sports fans alike.

purdue_grill_grate.jpgThe size of your grill does not matter and YM Sports Grates can make grates to fit grills as big as 36″ wide and 30″ deep. They even make round grill grates for those of you that do not want to give up your old charcoal grill. The way it works is you measure your grill, plug in the specs, tell them your favorite college and they will make a grill grate to fit your grill perfectly.

I measured my gas grill in my backyard to see what the cost would be for my own. A 25″ x 18″ rectangular grill grate (I chose LSU for the hell of it) was $134.99 + $15.95 shipping. Larger sized grill grates are more expensive than the example I just provided. Obviously smaller grill grates are less expensive. And yes, they can make a grill grate to fit into your Freedom Grill.

All grill grates are constructed using solid ¼” thick 304 stainless steel rods welded to a 10 gauge plate of 304 stainless steel. Each logo is completely lasered through the stainless plate to produce a perfect image.

Right now Yarder Manufacturing has licensing agreements with 14 NCAA Universities and more are on the way. Tailgaters from Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, University of Florida, Purdue, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Bowling Green, Toledo, Georgia, Wisconsin, Boise State and Marshall all can order right now. More on the way include Minnesota, University of Miami, Kentucky, Auburn, Southern Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. Fans of other schools can also suggest which colleges should be added to the list to gain licensing agreements. They even have plans to tackle licensing agreements with the NFL, Nascar and even Harley-Davidson.


In addition to the current NCAA teams and the more to come, Yarder Manufacturing can also make a personalized grill grate. Whether it be your company name and logo, your initials monogramed or just your family name, Yarder Manufacturing will put it on a grill grate no problem. Check out their personalized page to see how a grill grate would look with your name on it.

Here are a few videos from local news stations showcasing YM Sports Grates.

If you are considering taking your tailgate to the next level, a grill grate from YM Sports Grates is the way to do it. If you want to win that tailgating competition this little accessory will surely tilt things in your favor. Check out ymigrate.com to get your own or call (888) 475-5478 for more information.

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