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Freedom Grill making a come back?

Posted by Dave On March - 2 - 2015

Freedom Grill FG-50 Tailgating Grill

If you are a regular or a casual reader of this tailgating blog, you probably have a grasp on how we have held the Freedom Grill in such high regard. What’s not to love about a bad ass grill you can put on the back of your car, take to the game, start grilling on a full-sized grill and then pack it away, lock it up and go inside the game without the grill leaking grease or dirt all over your truck or SUV?

Unfortunately because of a number of twists and turns in the economy among other exterior factors, the Freedom Grill is no longer in production. It went through some changes over the years and even went by a different name, the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. The bottom line is you can no longer buy these tailgating grills and if you have one, consider yourself lucky. If you want the entire story in nauseating detail as to why the Freedom Grill and Margaritaville Grills are no longer in production, feel free to check out the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy we published three years ago.

So why am I publishing a post about something that is extinct? Let’s just say I have been hearing things which opens up the door for a glimmer (emphasis on the term glimmer) of hope that Freedom Grill may be coming back.

Let’s be clear here – this is not any shred of an announcement that Freedom Grill is coming back and will start producing FG-50s any time soon. We are not saying that at all. What we are saying is the conversations are starting to pick up and the possibility of a Freedom Grill return is brighter than it has been in a number of years. And to be honest, the last three years the prospects for a return were pretty grim. So any conversation is better than none.

With that said, once we hear something that we can pass along, we will surely do that. But in the meantime, here are a few videos of the Freedom Grill to remind everyone how awesome it was.


UNC Charlotte Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On September - 18 - 2013

UNC Charlotte Tailgating Grill

Much to the chagrin of tailgaters everywhere, the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill, and to a larger extent the Freedom Grill FG-50, are not completely extinct but spotting one in a tailgating parking lot is like seeing a 1956 Desoto on a road trip. We even gave these grills a proper send off when we wrote the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy back in March of 2012. Reader Brent emailed us saying he had customized his Margaritaville Grill and wanted to share photos of it. His email said,

Hey Guys,

My alma mater has finally started a football progam and it’s off to a great start. To support my Charlotte 49ers, I’ve customized my Margaritaville Grill and would like to send you pics for your website. Where/how can I send you pics of my grill?

Thanks, Brent

As you may have guessed, we were definitely interested in seeing his handy work. He sent in the photos and check it out. (Click images to see larger, detailed view)

As you can see in the above gallery, Brent’s attention to detail was unrivaled and he even customized his propane tank.

Nice work Brent and glad to see the few grills out there getting some spirit.

Freedom Grill & Margaritaville Grill spare parts update

Posted by Dave On March - 28 - 2013

UPDATE: We are currently sold out of spare parts. We apologize but we no longer have any Freedom Grill FG-50 or Margaritaville Grill parts to sell.

It was just about a year ago when we published the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy. About six months later we also published an article stating that we had Freedom Grill & Margaritaville Grill spare parts for sale. These were parts that were left over from broken grills we had purchased while we were customizing these grills to teams colors and logos. As you can see from the accompanying photo, we still have some Freedom Grill and Margaritaville spare parts left, but they are getting more and more scarce.

Margaritaville Spare Parts

Margaritaville Spare Parts

As you can see in the photo, the number of spare parts we still have is dwindling. A quick look in the warehouse and this is what we still have that would fit a Freedom Grill FG-50 or a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill.

  • 2 – Grill Grates
  • 3 – Tilt-out condiment trays
  • 5 – Legs
  • 1 – Side handle
  • 2 – Gas regulator manifolds
  • 2 – Left side panels
  • 1 – Right side panel
  • 1 – Front bezel
  • 4 – Temperature control knobs
  • 3 – Temperature gauges
  • 4 – Ignitor push buttons
  • Numerous screws and washers for the parts and pieces on a FG-50 and/or Margaritaville Grill

You can tell that the scarcity of these parts will go up with time. The complete grills are super rare now and we even saw one listed on eBay for $899.00 and that was just the starting bid. The “Buy It Now” price was $1,299.00 and they were asking for $199.00 for shipping on top of that!

If your grill is in need of repair and could use some parts that we have, please use the form found on our Contact page and let us know what you need and your zip code to estimate shipping costs. Even if your grill is working perfectly but you want to make sure you have parts for if it does break, contact us as well. We will offer a price quote based on which parts you are interested in and how far we will have to ship them.

Freedom Grill & Margaritaville Grill spare parts for sale

Posted by Dave On October - 9 - 2012

UPDATE: We are currently sold out of spare parts. We apologize but we no longer have any Freedom Grill FG-50 or Margaritaville Grill parts to sell.

We wish we could turn back the hands of time and go back to a few years ago when Freedom Grill was still manufacturing the Freedom Grill FG-50. Unfortunately for tailgaters, the Freedom Grill FG-50 was turned into the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill in 2009 and that company has chosen to cease manufacturing those grills for the foreseeable fututre. (We wrote all about it last spring in the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy.)

There are still a few Margaritaville Grills for sale floating around out there on the internet but just based on basic supply and demand, the prices being asked for these few remaining grills are upwards of an arm and a leg and maybe a first born child.

Because of this turn of events, those who were lucky enough to get an FG-50 or a Margaritaville Grill in the past have been searching for replacement parts for their grills. Nothing last forever especially a grill when put through the rigors of multiple tailgating seasons. Sometimes things wear out or break and because these grills are so scarce, many tailgaters are looking to repair and replace the broken parts rather than buy a new grill. As a result of us discussing the Freedom Grill and the Margaritaville Grill on this tailgating blog for years, we tend to come up a lot on Google and other search engine results when people are looking for information on these grills. Lately we have been getting a number of emails from people asking us where they can buy replacement parts for their grills. The simple answer to those questions is, “we have a very limited supply of replacement parts that we would be willing to part with them”.

The reason why we have some of the parts that fit the Freedom Grill FG-50 and the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is because for a few years we would customize these grills to specific teams colors and logo emblems. Over the course of doing these custom jobs, we somehow ended up with left over parts that were removed from grills that were either damaged, scratched or for whatever reason, not suitable for customization. So the parts that were salvaged from these grills were still working perfectly but were attached to a grill that was not-so-perfect.

With all of that said, we have a number of spare parts that we are not making available if some of those FG-50 and Margaritaville Grill owners out there are in need of some replacement parts. Some of the replacement parts we have available are: temperature gauges for the grill lid, side panels, tilt out condiment trays, side handles, propane regulators, legs, fold out tables, grill grates, grease vaporizers, burners and front lid handles. We even have the patented swing arms that made these grills so popular in that it transports the grill on the rear of your car via the 2″ tow hitch and swings away from your vehicle when in use.

If you are in need of replacement parts, please use the Contact form and send us an email. In your email, please tell us what part you are in need of replacing and we will see if we have something that can help. Even if you don’t know the correct name of the part you need, describe it the best you can and we will try and figure it out what exactly it is that you need. Based on what parts you need and shipping, we will then offer you a price quote on what you can expect to pay for the parts and shipping. Please include your zip code in your email so we can best estimate the shipping costs to your specific location.

As mentioned above, we have a very small and limited supply of these replacement parts. Some parts we only have one of a quantity while others we have three or four. It just all depends on what parts you may need and if we happen to have one.

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Memphis Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On September - 18 - 2012

Here at TailgatingIdeas.com, we love the resolve and the commitment fans have to show their support for their team. Despite the fact that Margaritaville Tailgating Grills are harder to find than a vegan at a BBQ competition, many of you are finding ways to customize them to team colors and logos.

Last week it was Josh who did his own SDSU tailgating grill. Before that it was a reader submitted University of Miami Hurricanes tailgating grill.

Now comes this Memphis Tigers tailgating grill submitted by reader Jason who is also an RSS subscriber. Check out his creation. He told us in his email the swing arm is not customized yet but the grill itself is ready for the parking lot.

memphis tailgating grill





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