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Premium cornhole bags filled with synthetic corn kernels

Posted by Dave On September - 26 - 2016

Premium cornhole bag at Qualcomm Stadium
Cornhole is the runaway leader in the tailgate lot when it comes to tailgating games. It’s popularity is unmatched. Because of this, the cornhole connoisseurs of the parking lots want to have their game be as authentic as possible. In order to make cornhole more portable, affordable and “tailgate friendly”, some quality has been compromised in order to accomplish those goals.

We recently discovered P&P Imports premium corhole bags that, look feel, weigh and toss like authentic and official Cornhole Association regulation bags but are a greater improvement. The P&P Imports Premium Cornhole Bags are filled with synthetic corn kernels which sets them apart.

Cornhole Bag showing insidesAccording to the official rules of the American Cornhole Association, “corn bags should be made from 12 oz / sq yd duck canvas and may be any color that is easy to see during Cornhole play. Each bag shall be filled with approximately 2 cups of corn feed and finished bags should be a minimum of 6″ X 6″ square and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.”

You may ask, “Why would synthetic corn kernels be better than natural corn kernels? Isn’t the real thing always better than something synthetic”. The answer is usually the real thing is better but not in this case. Let us explain.

Real corn kernels are a natural substance and thus susceptible to the outdoor elements. If a cornhole bag filled with natural corn kernels gets wet, the kernels inside will probably deteriorate or grow mold or mildew. Whether the bags get wet or stay dry, natural corn kernels can attract pests like maize weevils. The rotting natural corn kernels will break down and your bags will weigh less and honestly, do you really want to play with bags that have mold growing or destructive pests inside? Yuck.

In addition to avoiding the potential rot and deterioration of the fill inside the bags, these cornhole bags are top of the line in quality. The heavy duty duck cloth is the exact material official, regulation cornhole bags are made out of and are double stitched to ensure they hold together. The synthetic “corn kernels” are even shaped like a real corn kernel so the feel of the bag in your hand is replicated to feel like a cornhole bag with natural fill.

15 color optionsKeeping it along the same track as being a regulation sized cornhole bag, the weight is between 15 and 16 ounces. That is the regulation weight of cornhole bags per the American Cornhole Association. The size of each bag is 6″ X 6″ square. That is the regulation size of cornhole bags per the American Cornhole Association.

Seeing how the official rules regarding bags allows for any color as long as they are easily seen during game play, these cornhole bags are available in 15 different colors.

Available colors include: Black. Gold, Grey, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Royal Blue, White, Yellow, Crimson/Burgundy, Light Green and Dark Green.

Now you can get the two colors of your favorite team to go along with your Cornhole Boards and be a true fan in the parking lot. Oklahoma State Cowboys tailgater? Get some orange and black bags and you are all set. Minnesota Vikings fan? Purple and gold for you. The 15 color options ensures you can always mix and match your cornhole bags to match your favorite team’s colors.

We had a chance to test out the P&P Imports Premium Cornhole Bag Sets recently while tailgating. We grabbed a set of Blue and Yellow bags to match the colors of the San Diego Chargers and brought them tailgating at Qualcomm Stadium.

In playing with them, we really enjoyed the authentic feel to these bags. From the high quality duck cloth to the authentic feel of the synthetic fill feeling like corn kernels, these cornhole bags are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The regulation weight was perfect and the peace of mind to know that even if the bags got wet, we would not have to worry about rot or even pests destroying the insides.

These Premium Cornhole Bags come in sets of four. We suggest buying two sets, one of each color of your favorite team, for a complete game set. Each set of four (4) bags is priced at $20 and comes with a one year warranty. Purchase two sets and they both will ship in the same box for a flat rate shipping cost of $15.

Buy the Premium Cornhole Bags HERE.

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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 Oostburger

Posted by Brandon On September - 21 - 2014

You might have seen that they other day was National Cheeseburger day.  Being the carnivorous creature that I am, I made sure to grab one to celebrate.   Which I was chomping away I couldn’t help but think back to another cheeseburger I had a while back.  You see every year the good people of Sheboygan, WI throw a festival to celebrate their state’s official food, the Bratwurst.   Well our friends at Johnsonville invited my wife and I to check out the festival last year and engage in the brat love.  Needless to say we had an absolute blast seeing just how much they embrace the brat and all the cool ways they’re using them in different types of cuisine.  For example we saw brat pizza, chimichangas, tacos, gyros, etc.  For the purists you could also enjoy a single or double brat on a local Sheboygan Hard Roll.  We also took in some of the local lingo such as a brat fry, or fry out, which seems to be the preferred local lingo for a cookout or bbq.  Heck, we even saw a guy eat 20 brats in 10 minutes.  If you have the chance to go next August I highly recommend it.   Side note: I don’t advocate eating 20 brats that quickly, you probably should stop at 10.

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Getting back to the cheeseburger theme, among the foods that we had a chance to try was the Oostburger.  I can only imagine the name for this particular creation is based on the neighboring town of Oostburg.   As I observed at Brat Days the Oostburger is basically not much more than a cheeseburger with a brat on top of it.  Sounds kind of strange, but it really adds a neat dimension to the burger, and it’s such a simple concept. The variation in texture, and the richness of the sausage work together to impart a new burger experience.  I liked it so much that I thought I would try and recreate it, as hard as putting a cylindrical brat on a flat burger is, to share with those outside of us outside Cheese Head territory.Oostburgerwhole

To make your own it’s important to start by finding yourself a nice bun to put this on.  Since I’m unable to find the hard roll that they use in the Sheboygan area, I’m going to use a Kaiser because it’s about the closest thing I can find here in NC.  A typical hamburger bun is probably going to be a little wimpy for what we’re trying to accomplish.   What you want is a bun with a nice crusty outside, but is still plenty soft on the inside.

When you’re at the grill you’ve got to consider that the brat and the burger are in all likelihood not going to be done at the same time.  So what can you do about it? Well you can time things out so they’ll finish about the same time, or even cook one part and then keep it warm while the other finishes. Personally, I like the idea of using a “brat hot tub” which I initially wrote about in my “Brat Test” article.  Basically the brat hot tub is not much more than a warm mixture of beer some butter, onion, and garlic, in a pan.  Cook up your brats and then toss em in to keep em warm and juicy. If you’ve got the real estate on the grill for this technique I would highly recommend it.  I suppose you could use a bratwurst patty for these sort of copying the whole double burger thing, but I think using the link in the casing is more fun.

Since the star of this burger is most definitely the brat you don’t need to go super gourmet and get some Wagyu patties for this, but you don’t want to bring it down by getting the super cheap mystery meat frozen patties either.  I like a fresh 80/20 ground chuck for my “everyday” burgers.  This fat content should ideally keep the meat juicy enough, and lend just the right amount of beef flavor.  However with beef prices being what they are today feel free to use whatever you like, just try to stay away from the super lean stuff unless you need to.IMG_20130920_190235

What I did was to grill my brats to almost done and then move them away from the direct heat, since I was doing these on a smaller grill I had to skip the hot tub.  I threw on my burger patties and then cooked them to my desired doneness.  Once the burgers were just about there I added 2 slices of Wisconsin sharp cheddar to each pattie. When the cheese was melted I pulled all the meat to let it rest for a few.  While the protein was resting I toasted the buns a little.  I think it works well to split the brat, if for no other reason than ease of eating, before placing on the burger but you don’t have to.  Top with a little brown mustard and sliced onion and you’ve got yourself an Oostburger.   Of course you could add whatever you like to yours, but simpler is better.

Here is a more specific recipe:

Ingredients:
1 pound of ground chuck
1 pack good quality Bratwurst (We like Johnsonville obviously)
5 Kaiser Rolls (Or you could use Sheboygan Hard Rolls if you have a source)
10 slices Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar
Salt and Pepper to taste.

1.) Set up a grill for direct heat, and preheat a grill to Medium.IMG_20130920_191215
2.) Form 5 patties from the ground chuck, trying to get the diameter as close to the buns as possible.  They’ll be thin, but that’s what we want. Season with salt and pepper.  I only ended up with 4 because I’m a bone head, but aim for 5 if you can.  It’ll make for a better 1:1 with your brats.
3.) Slice rolls completely in half so you have a top and bottom.
4.) Grill meats until done.  ~15-20 minutes for brats, ~10 for burgers.  When the burger patties are nearly done top with 2 slices cheese.
5.) When meat is cooked pull off heat, and toast buns on grill.  This will go quick, no more than  30 seconds should do.  Remember you can always toast more, but once you’ve gotten to burnt you’re screwed.
6.) Slice brats lengthwise.
7.) Place burger pattie on bun, top with sliced brat.
8.) Add desired condiments
9.) Enjoy

 

 

Product Review – nyne BASS

Posted by Brandon On June - 24 - 2014

Every good tailgate has a few things in common.  You’ve usually got tasty food, fun games, and plenty of great people.  You might also have some good music just to bring everything together.  In the past you might have dragged out the old boombox or even just turned up the radio in the car as I’ve done.  However, the old methods may not be useful anymore.  Let’s face it, depending on where you’re going to be tailgating the radio options can potentially be downright awful.  How many times do you need to hear the latest top 40 song before it gets old?  So to combat this many of us carry our music collections around on mp3 players, or our smart phones.  The problem with this is how can we play our music for a group of people without needing to leave one of these devices physically attached?  The answer is a wireless connection, and probably the most common one these days is Bluetooth.  This is how the nyne BASS speaker system works.nynelogo

Disclaimer:  We received a sample of the nyne BASS free of charge for testing.  This in no way affected our ability to review the product fairly and objectively.

The nyne BASS is a portable audio solution that incorporates quality acoustic performance into a truly portable device.  When the product arrived for testing the first thing I noticed was the weight of the box.  It was heavier than I had expected it to be, which I felt to be a good thing.  Once I opened the box I was pleased to find a very sleek and attractive device.  Since I wanted to test this in the way most like tailgating I decided to charge the device overnight so that I could test the manufacturer claim of a 10 hour run time.NYNE-BASS

The following day I powered on the device and paired it with my phone.  This process was pretty straightforward and I had little problem making the connection.  Then I decided to listen to a broad variety of music so test out the audio performance.  What I experienced was a sound that far exceeded my expectations for this sort of peripheral.  With a name like “BASS” you would expect decent low end sound, and that sound was delivered quite well.  Not only did the lower frequencies come through well, the middle and high ranges were also well represented for a pleasantly balanced overall delivery.  I had some doubts about the quality I could expect from being on a wireless connection, but those were unsubstantiated and completely erased once I was able to listen to things from techno all the way through contemporary jazz.   Furthermore when I consulted others for their opinions they were impressed by the sound performance as well.  As for the claim of 10 hours of playback, while I did not sit by with a stopwatch, I made it through a day at the office and a couple more hours at home and it didn’t die one me.  That, to me, was a passing mark.

The volume on the device can be controlled in two ways.  First you can raise or lower the volume via the buttons on top of the device.  Those buttons, like all of the controls, are large and have raised emblems to distinguish which does what.  The other way is to use the transmitting devices volume control.  Each of these would be important for using this at a tailgate, as you’ll likely want to control the volume from whichever piece is closest to you.   One obvious question is does this thing get loud.  Yes it can get loud.  Does it distort when it gets loud?  That I cannot answer definitely.  I took the BASS as loud as I could tolerate and as loud as I feel would be prudent at a tailgate party and I experienced no distortion.  This was a very positive feature in my eyes.  The 20 watts of power were more than enough to deliver the level of sound needed from this size apparatus.

bluetoothOther positive features include the ability to use a cable (included) to connect your music device directly to the BASS.  However I would reserve this for non Bluetooth equipped devices because the performance is that good.  The charger has interchangeable plugs for various outlets that you might encounter around the world.  Speaking of chargers the nyne BASS has a USB port on the back which can be used to charge your device, if that is how it charges.  The only thing I would note is that it will draw from the battery so if your phone has a large battery capacity you’ll likely cut your playback time significantly.  However the ability to charge the device is very handy.   There is also a convenient carry handle which makes for easy moving if the need should arise.

The last feature to cover on the BASS is the microphone which allows you to use it as a Bluetooth speakerphone.  Of all the features this one is probably the one that you’d be least likely to use in a tailgating setting.  However we did want to give it a fair shake.  Initial tests did not go so well.  These were done across the room speaking in an elevated voice, but not so much as to call it yelling.  However once I moved closer to the device and spoke directly into it the quality improved.  I would think that any ambient noise in the area would only work against you as it pertains to this feature, however if you use the BASS on your desk when you’re not tailgating it could be useful.  It may take some getting used to, but the learning curve should be minimal.

All in all the BASS delivered on everything that it said it would.  I especially liked the rich sounds that was produced, and that it covered a wide spectrum of music very well.  Furthermore the ability to control things remotely via Bluetooth is very much a win win.  As such I am declaring the nyne BASS as “Tailgate Approved” for it’s functionality and its usefulness for being on the go.  The only negatives I could find were the white finish was easy to get dirty, however it was also easily cleaned, and the microphone took a little getting used to.  Those, I believe, are minor and shouldn’t influence purchasing decisions by themselves.

The nyne BASS is available in white and gray (tested) or in black and silver and sells for around $150 online.  You can check out all the specs, see their other products, and get more info on nyne’s site here.

Johnsonville Meatballs and Sausage Slices

Posted by Brandon On December - 10 - 2013

It’s been a little while since our last Johnsonville post, but I’m excited to share a review of a couple of their new products. I’ve long been a fan of precooked food when it comes to tailgating, because there are so many things that could go wrong with raw food. Luckily Johnsonville has added several new precooked offerings to their already stellar stable of products.

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Disclaimer: We were given samples of the Johnsonville Meatball and Sausage Slices free of charge. This in no way affected our evaluation of the product, nor did it affect the objectivity of this review.

One of my favorite things about testing these new products for Johnsonville is that when they’re released they always have a lot of recipes to try them in. The new meatballs and sausage slices were no different. However sometimes I like to put my own spin on things, which is precisely what I did with this review.

 

mild-italian-sausage-slicesThe first of the two products I tested was the “Mild Italian Sausage Slices.” As you might have guessed from the name, these are simply slices of italian sausage. While there are a few things you could do with these I decided to try them on a pizza. I found them super easy to use for this purpose, just grab them from the freezer and top the pie, and my results were quite nice. While I made this particular pizza in my home oven, it could easily be done on the grill. The sausage itself was surprisingly juicy considering it had been cooked, frozen, and then baked in the oven, all while maintaining a pleasant flavor.  If mild sausage isn’t your scene, they also offer a hot and spicy variety.

 

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The next products I tried were the “Three Cheese Italian Style Meatballs.” For these I decided to make something on the grill, and the best thing that came to mind was a meatball sub. I didn’t follow any specific recipe for these, but they turned out great just the same.   Even after grilling them a little to add some additional flavor they were still plenty moist for being precooked. Now what you need to know about these is that they’re made from pork, which is probably different than what you would expect. As such they have an entirely different texture and taste than similar products made from beef. Not a negative to the product, more of an FYI. If “Three Cheese” isn’t your scene they also offer “Classic Italian” and “Homestyle” which I’m sure are equally as good.

Based on my findings, I’m going to deem the Johnsonville Meatball and Sausage Slices “Tailgate Approved.” I think they’d be a welcome addition to any tailgate menu and, even as we near the end of the football season, they would be equally welcome as part of your indoor gameday spread. These products are gluten free, and are made to the same quality standards that you would expect of a company like Johnsonville.

To learn more about the product you can visit the product page here.  I would also encourage all Johnsonville fans to check out their social media sites for the latest news, tips, and contests.  You can find their Twitter pages @JvilleGrilling  and @JvilleKitchens.  Their Facebook pages are here and here, and a personal favorite of mine is their Instagram page.

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