Penn State customized tailgating grill

Penn State Tailgating Grill

The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill, formerly known as the Freedom Grill FG-50, has not been manufactured for years but the popularity of this grilling workhorse remains high to this day. If you want the complete story on the life and times and ultimate death of the Freedom Grill/Margaritaville Grill, please read our Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy published in 2012.

One of our readers recently contacted us and told us he had customized his Margaritaville Grill to a Penn State Nittany Lions theme. He even customized his propane tank to honor legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Bob submitted a number of photos and offered this explanation as to how he turned a regular Margaritaville Grill into a Penn State tailgating grill.

The Penn State grill started as a standard Margaritaville Grill I bought from some nice folks in Annapolis, MD. for $175.

I always envied folks who had a customized grill and I used the tips on to build mine. I took my time and was happy with the result.

When we made the first road-trip to the Pitt-PSU game this season. I had over 50 fellow Penn State fans come over and comment on how great the grill looked.

Thanks Tailgating Ideas!

Penn State custom tailgating grill
Penn State custom tailgating grill with side tables extended

As you can see, Bob paid very close attention to detail. He even customized his propane tank. The significance of the number 409 is to honor the total number of victories former coach Joe Paterno won while at the helm in State College, PA.

Customized propane tank with the number of total wins by Joe Paterno
Customized propane tank with the number of total wins by Joe Paterno

Despite the Freedom Grill and Margaritaville Grill having being discontinued for years, it never fails that we get contacted at least once a week by people either wanting us to customize a grill for them or asking where they can buy one. Our best advice is to look on local classified sites like Craig’s List or Offer Up. A word to the wise: Do not expect to get a killer price on these grills. It is all supply side economics. Low supply allows for those with a rare grill to charge a high price. Be prepared to pay through the nose if you are dead-set on getting one.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one and want to customize it to Penn State colors or the theme of your favorite team, follow these directions from our DIY video from 2009.

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