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Ray Lampe

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Tailgating Gear

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Tailgating has become a serious hobby not only for football fans but also for racing fans, baseball fans, and the fans of just about any other stadium event you can think of. It’s a lot of fun to arrive early and party with your friends and fellow fans while getting in the right frame of mind for the game. With all of the interest has come a lot of great gear to make the tailgater’s experience comfortable, fun, and convenient. Of course, tailgating is primarily about the food and that’s ok with me. But as the author of The NFL Gameday Cookbook, I like to see tailgaters go beyond simply grilling some brats, so I’ve included a giant and powerful wok kit on my list. It’s really a great item for a big stir-fry. I’ve also included a little oven that runs on a one pound propane tank and can cook a cake or a pan of lasagna anywhere. Your guests will need to be comfortable while they prepare for the game and The Tailgate Party Trailer is at the top of the list for that. If you’d like something a little simpler the Lafuma Recliners are a favorite of mine. No matter whom you’re rooting for, I predict your tailgate parties are about to get better when you get some of the best gear.

Best Tailgating Gear by Ray Lampe

The Best You Can Get

  • Tailgater Party Trailer

    Ray says: You’ll be the envy of the parking lot with one of these trailers. It looks like a tailgating pontoon boat with a built in gas grill, a beer tapper, a stainless steel sink with running water, built in coolers, nice bench seating, a retractable canopy, and a custom stereo system. It tows easily and has a lot of storage for everything you’ll need for the absolute best tailgate party.

    • The ultimate party wagon
  • Cruzin Cooler

    Ray says: This cooler not only holds 24 cans of your favorite beverage with ice, but you can also ride it around the parking lot! With a top speed of thirteen mph, disc brakes, and the optional trailer, it’s a tailgater's dream come true.

    • The original cooler that you can ride
  • Camp Chef Expedition 3X - Triple Burner Cooker

    Ray says: With three 30,000 Btu propane burners, you’ll be able to cook for a big crowd with this stove. It has legs that raise it to a great height for cooking, a three-sided windscreen, and a big 24” x 18” griddle for those big tailgate breakfasts.

    • A big powerful camp stove
  • North Pole NFL Logo 10x10 Tailgate Canopy

    Ray says: These are light and easy to pack and they’ll keep you dry when it’s raining. But they’ll also keep you and your food, drinks, and everything else in the shade on those warm and sunny days. A great way to show your team colors.

    • Available with your team's logo
  • DIRECTV Sat-Go - Portable Satellite Dish TV

    Ray says: Watch the game anywhere you can get a clear view of the southern sky with this most portable of all TV systems. The receiver, antenna, LCD monitor, and even a lithium battery all conveniently fold out of a 26-pound suitcase.

    • A satellite dish and TV in a suitcase

You will be happy with any of these

  • Big Kahuna Wok Kit

    Ray says: The kit includes a big 22” wok in either carbon steel or stainless steel, Eastman’s Big Kahuna propane burner with adjustable legs, and a couple of stainless steel stir fry tools. The huge wok and all that power allow you to cook up a huge tailgate stir fry that your guests will love.

    • A big wok with a powerful outdoor burner
  • Lafuma Recliner

    Ray says: You can bring a comfy recliner to the game with the Lafuma. It folds up and is easy to carry but the armrests, headrest, strong frame, and good-looking fabric make it as comfortable as the chair in your living room.

    • The original zero gravity chair
  • Coleman InstaStart Camp Oven

    Ray says: This tailgating oven runs on a one-pound propane cylinder but can handle a full size 9” x 13” baking pan. With the push-button ignition and the seven-position wire rack, you can bake at the game just like you were at home.

    • A self-contained outdoor oven
  • The Original Tailgator Blender

    Ray says: Need a margarita at the game when there’s not power available? No problem. Just fire up the 2¼-horsepower gas engine on this blender and you’ll be ready to make a big batch of your favorite frozen drinks.

    • A portable gas-powered blender
  • Eastman Outdoors Aluminum Folding Table

    Ray says: The rollup design of this big rectangular table makes for quick and easy set up. It’s made of lightweight aluminum but strong enough to hold all your tailgating gear. For travel and storage the table is very compact when packed in its nylon tote bag.

    • Strong and very portable

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