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Calling Thanksgiving tailgaters for newspaper article

Posted by Dave On August - 14 - 2013

TurkeyWe received an email from a reporter today requesting to speak with a tailgater that has a great tailgating tradition for Thanksgiving. I thought this would be the best way to connect the reporter with the tailgaters out there that might fit this criteria. Here is the email we received.

Hey there —

I’m working on a short tailgating story for an upcoming football package, and am looking to talk to a tailgater who does a big Thanksgiving tailgate at season’s end. It would be ideal if you could connect me with someone in or near South Carolina, but not necessary.

Thanks so much!

Yours in good eats,

Hanna Raskin
Food Writer
Post & Courier
Charleston, SC
[email protected]
(843) 937-5560

As you can see, Hanna’s contact information was included so if you think you fit the bill and might be able to contribute to this news story, go for it. The deadline is August 15, 2013 in the afternoon, so if this description fits you, contact Hanna.

And since we are on the topic of Thanksgiving, why not include this “How To” video we did on How To Fry a turkey

Video: Deep Frying Turkey Dos & Don’ts

Posted by Dave On November - 24 - 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Many Americans will deep fry a turkey this holiday and some will experience disastrous results. By disastrous results we don’t mean it will turn out dry or overcooked and your judgmental aunt will complain about it for the rest of the day. By disastrous we mean some will fail to read the directions and will start a huge grease fire that will burn down their house. Take a look at this video to see the right and wrong way of frying a turkey.

The major keys to take away from this video are:

  • Always thaw your turkey completely
  • Always make sure your turkey is dry before submerging it into the oil
  • Always slowly lower your turkey into the fryer to prevent the oil from spilling over
  • Make sure to have the proper level of oil in the pot. (You can do this by placing your turkey in the pot still in the bag and filling it with water. Remove the turkey and make note of where the water level is and duplicate that level when placing your oil in the pot.)
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • If a fire does occur, never put water on a grease fire

Happy Thanksgiving all and enjoy the day.

Weekend Wrap-Up #120: Kitchen Helper Edition

Posted by Dave On November - 29 - 2010

Any seasoned tailgaters knows that in order to have a successful tailgate party, you need to do some prep work in the kitchen the night before. So in honor of you that burn the midnight oil getting things perfect in the kitchen the night before, here is a shot of the ultimate tailgate prep helper out there. It’s just so hard to find good help these days. Links follow the helper…

Sexy kitchen helper

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Weekend Wrap-Up #115: Canadian Thanksgiving Edition

Posted by Dave On October - 10 - 2010

Tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving. In America it is Columbus Day but in Canada they will stuff their faces with turkey and potatoes and give thanks for all of their good fortune over the past year. Celebrated on the second Monday in October, does anyone else find it coincidental that the hockey season tends to open up around the same time? I am sure one of the things Canadians are thankful for is hockey season and a mention of that probably sneaks its way into the pre-dinner prayer. Just be thankful that hot Canadian hockey fans like to sports their favorite team’s colors even if you aren’t Canadian. Links follow the image:

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Tailgating Gear in Review: November 2009 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 5 - 2009

Normally I like to get these monthly Gear Review round-ups published as close to the first of the month as possible. I’ll save the excuses and just blame it on the opening of the holiday shopping season. Of course, with the holiday shopping season underway, here are a few suggestions for the tailgater on your list that we discovered last month.

The Shotgun party Opener – In a nutshell it is a key chain that is primarily designed to pop a hole in the side of an aluminum can for ease of shotgunning a beer.You can also use it to pull up the tab on a can and it also has a bottle opener for those glass bottles you might bring tailgating. The Shotgun Party Beer Can Opener can be purchased directly from TailgatingIdeas.com for $3.99 for a single key chain. If you want a three-pack to pass out to all your beer shotgunning friends, you can get three of those for $9.99. All purchases of Shotgun Party Openers are subject to a $3.00 shipping charge but the good news is that if you buy multiple openers, the shipping charges remain the same at $3.00. Get a Shotgun Party Beer Can Opener and you’ll never have to tear up your car keys or use a knife to get a hole in your beer can for shotgunning.

Bassroom_truckThe Bassroom – No one likes to wait in long lines to visit a dirty, smelly port-a-potty. Originally designed for use on a bass boat but can be used in the back of a pick-up truck or on the ground, the Bassroom is a portable restroom/privacy tent that let you avoid those agonizing long waits when nature calls.

The Bassroom system comes with a self erecting cover that is waterproof and flame resistant, a portable toilet and waste bags all stored in two handy transport bags. When it is folded up it fits nicely in any sized tailgating vehicle behind seats or in trunks taking up little space. Also, since it is so compact and lightweight, you could set it up in under two minutes. You don’t have to set it up and leave it up the entire time you are tailgating. Just set it up as you need it because it breaks down and packs away just as easily as it sets up. For more information visit: CoverYourBass.com.

The Tempachair – is a folding director’s chair that includes a side tray that folds out and on the other side, three pockets to hold anything you like. The great part about this particular piece of tailgating gear is the seat is heated utilizing micro fibers connected to a small, lightweight, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery has two settings, high and low, and depending on the setting will determine the length of time the seat will remained powered and heated. By using The TempaChair you can stay warm while tailgating. (Now you don’t have to bring one of those lame “snuggies” that will make you look like a tailgating warlock.) To learn more about it visit: tempachair.com.

The Beer Outlaw – When it comes to tailgating, you never want to be too far away from your beer. It would be great to always have your beer (or soda or bottled water if you roll like that) within reach at all times. In order to do that you need to never wander too far away from your tailgate or table. That is all in the past now that I have discovered The Beer Outlaw, a leather beer holster that straps to your hip.

The Beer Outlaw comes in a number of different colors including Jet Black, Vintage Brown or even Hot Pink for the ladies. For those rodeo fans out there, the ladies can get the Barrel Holster which comes in Hot Pink and includes a gold barrel racing crest along with the outlaw star. The guys can get the Buckin’ Holster in Jet Black or Vintage Brown with a bull riding crest and the outlaw star. There are even customizable ones that show your support of your favorite team or you can put your company’s logo on a stainless steel plate . You can also get it hot iron branded with your name or initials.

Depending on the model of Beer Outlaw you prefer, your purchase price will range from $28.99 for the Classic Beer Outlaw Holster to the Custom Beer Outlaw Holster priced at $39.99. With holiday shopping already in full swing, these would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the tailgater on your list.

To learn more or to buy your own Beer Outlaw, visit BeerOutlaw.com.





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