On December - 29 - 2013Comments Off
There has been a lot of chatter about the Super Bowl banning tailgating this year. This is old news for those of us that already understand that the Super Bowl is not an event for the real fans but those corporate honks that have no real dog in the fight. We took this issue up years ago but apparently the news media is just jumping on this now.
On December - 29 - 2013Comments Off
When it comes to grilling, the spatula and tongs are the main tools of the trade. A fireman can not do his job without a hose and water, the spatula and tongs are the two tools a griller has to have for grilling.
Some may ask, “Yeah, we know this. Can’t I just take a spatula from my kitchen and take it tailgating and that will do the job?”. Sure, you could, but why would you want to? You are not just your run of the mill tailgater. Why would you want a run of the mill grilling tool? We recently tested out the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Stainless-Steel Spatula to see if it was worth the upgrade from your regular spatula.
The basic spatula has a handle on one end and a flat surface to turn your meats on the other. The Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula has taken that basic concept and made four major improvements.
The first improvement is that the folks at Grill Daddy added a swiveling heat shield that is weighted and always faces down. No matter where your hand is positioned, the heat shield is blocking the heat radiating up from your grill. How many times have you gone to get those last few burgers on the back of the grill grate only to come back with the hairs on your knuckles singed off? The rotating heat shield now prevents that from happening and you don’t have to fear working on a really hot grill.
The second improvement is the spatula adjusts to the size of your grill. For tight spaces, keep the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula at normal length. For larger grills, the spatula has a telescoping shaft for extended reach and adds 5.5 inches of length of the spatula. Most spatulas do not give you the option of length adjustment. Most are either regular length or a long handled model. The Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula gives you the option of a regular spatula when you want it and a long handled one when you need it.
The third improvement we found with the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula was the flat spatula end is removable. We found this to be a great feature in that normally this is the only part of the spatula that gets dirty and needs to be placed in the dishwasher. Just remove the stainless steel spatula head from the shaft and place it in the dishwasher. No need to take up a large area in there if you only need one smaller piece to be cleaned. Because the spatula head is removable, there are an array of other attachments you can place in the telescoping shaft including a basting brush, fork, slider flipper and a wider spatula flipper for fish. All you do is push a button to release the attachment and replace it with one of the ones you want to use for whatever grilling application you are doing. Each of the different grilling attachments are sold separately.
The final improvement we found was the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Stainless-Steel Spatula comes with a food thermometer in the handle. Simply pull it out and remove it from the handle to test the temperature of meats you are grilling. Place it back in the handle after sanitizing it for use the next time you need to check your food’s temperature. No more fumbling around in the tailgating kit to find your meat thermometer because this one is right there in the handle.
We took the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula out tailgating to the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 26th. We grabbed our Sizzle-Q and made some grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids. This was a perfect opportunity to test out the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Spatula in a real tailgating environment. We also cooked some hamburgers and brats on our original Freedom Grill FG-50 to thoroughly test out the spatula.
Cut to the chase, the spatula worked flawlessly. We enjoyed the ergonomic handle and the way the heat shield swiveled to always point down and protect our hand from the heat. The shaft slid in and out easily whenever we needed some extra length to reach those items on the back of the grill. After thoroughly running the Grill Daddy Heat Shield Stainless-Steel Spatula through it’s paces, we are going to definitely deem it “Tailgate Approved”.
The Grill Daddy Heat Shield Stainless-Steel Spatula normally costs about $25 but right now they cost $17.99 at Amazon. I would highly recommend this grilling spatula to any and all tailgaters that are looking to not only get a handle on their parking lot grilling but to protect their hands from burns and to be the king of the grilling space. It may be too late to give this as a gift for Christmas but Father’s Day is about six months away and this would make a perfect gift for the dad that loves to grill.
On December - 28 - 2013Comments Off
With most of the country digging out of snow and wintery weather, I thought this would be a good video to share. The shortest day of the year has already passed and the days are only getting longer from here on out. So why not share a video from the summer that features NASCAR tailgaters with three beer pong tables going at the same time, a massive cornhole tournament and the pinnacle of the tailgate, a massive slip-n-slide that ends at the flip cup table.
The very nature of tailgating being a temporary party in the parking lot, the speed and convenience of using many disposable items like paper plates, napkins and zipper storage bags produces a lot of refuse. Trash disposal while tailgating is as big of an issue as making sure your cooler has enough ice or you have have found the perfect spot to park. We recently had the opportunity to test out the Trash-Ease: A portable, reusable and adjustable trash bag holder.
The Trash-Ease is a one-piece wire system that is powder coated to prevent rust and the ends are rubber coated to protect surfaces from scratching. You simply attach the Trash-Ease to the edge of your tailgating table and then hang a 13-galloon drawstring bag off of it. The trash bag is held open and is off the ground. Also, the trash bag is easy to find and people can toss their rubbish in the bag easily without having to bend over and pick up the top opening of the bag that is laying on the ground. Once the tailgate party is over, simply take the bag off of the wires, cinch up the drawstring and carry the bag to the nearest dumpster on your way to the entrance gates. Just as recently as last night we used the Trash-Ease on our GoPong 8′ Football Beer Pong Table while tailgating before the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
We tested the Trash-Ease on the side of our beer pong table but it also works on those folding utility tables that almost every tailgater seems to have. Before we took it tailgating, we tested it on the counters in our kitchen at home and even on the side of our dinette table at home as well. The Trash-Ease held strong on all different types of ledges and the bag was easy to put on and take off each and every time.
In the interest of fairness, we have tested a number of trash receptacles that were designed for tailgating. The first was the Bag-Caddy which we tested out in 2009. The Bag-Caddy is a stand alone trash bag holder but the one thing we found that was a flaw was that unless it was immediately filled with trash, it tended to tip over in the wind. After adding a few cans and bottles and other trash items that added some weight to the bottom, the Bag-Caddy would not tip if there was a gust of wind.
The other trash receptacle that we most recently tested was the Kwickan. The Kwickan was very similar to the Bag-Caddy and had the same flaw in that it tipped in the wind if it was not weighted down with trash. An additional flaw was the Kwickan went inside the trash bag so sticky and messy garbage could potentially get on the holder and would be a messy clean up in order to get it back in your car.
After thoroughly testing the Trash-Ease and comparing it to the other tailgating trash collection devices, we are going to declare Trash-Ease the winner. Of course that means that Trash-Ease is Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved”.
Of course we tested the trash-Ease in regards to how well it performs while out tailgating. It is small and compact enough to fit into your tailgating kit and you can even use it at home when you are not tailgating. Put it on the side of your coffee table when watching your team play on the road. Throw your peanut shells or my favorite, pistachio shells in there and save yourself the hassle of having to wash a bowl. You can even use it for scrap booking or even for food prep for throwing away the stems and ends of fruits and vegetables. If you have a table or a ledge where trash will be thrown away, Trash-Ease has you covered.
Trash-Ease’s slim, one piece construction allows it to be stored easily away or hung without fear of losing pieces. When you want to use it, it does not require any tools. It just hangs on the underside of your table and you are good to go. The best part? Trash-Ease is 100% Made in the USA.
Trash-Ease is available for purchase online at Camping World and also on Amazon. Camping World is currently running a special on the Trash-Ease, pricing them at $12.99 while Amazon lists them for under $20.
To learn more about Trash-Ease, visit: trashease.com