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TAILGATE

Oct. 07, 2013
Oct. 07, 2013

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TAILGATE

These sophisticated products will make you the envy of everyone in the parking lot. (Except for the giant stack of blocks. They're pretty low-tech. But pretty cool)

GAMES

This is an article from the Oct. 7, 2013 issue

1 / ULTIMATE CORNHOLE 3D

If space is a concern, try the popular parking lot game on your phone. For $2.99 the free app can be custom-branded for a handful of schools.

RECREATIVESTUDIOS.COM

2 / GIANT TUMBLE TOWER

Build a tower the size of a small child with this Jenga on steroids. ($139)

TOSSO.COM

GADGETS

3 / GALAXY GEAR

How do you read a text with a dog in one hand and a beer in the other? Sync your smart watch to a Galaxy Note 3 and you can get notifications on your wrist. ($299)

SAMSUNG.COM

4 / SOL WIRELESS SPEAKER

In Heist mode, the Deck Bluetooth speaker can pair to five devices, meaning if your friend throws on some Creed, you can cut it short with your own tune. ($199)

SOLREPUBLIC.COM

5 / MEDIASHAIR HUB

Want to let everyone see pix or a video of that time you did a keg stand outside the Music City Bowl? Plug in a drive or card to this guy, and it'll stream to seven devices. ($99)

IOGEAR.COM

GRUB

6 / BEVERAGE CADDY

The point of a tailgate is not—repeat, not—to get exercise. Let this remote-controlled bad boy bring you a drink. ($79)

HAMMACHER.COM

7 / BIG GREEN EGG

A paltry charcoal grill? Hah! The ceramic grill/smoker/oven can make anything. The key: Get the trailer hitch, or lugging this behemoth to the parking lot will be a pain.

BIGGREENEGG.COM

TIPS FROM A PRO

Mario Batali's tailgating rules

Incorporate seasonal ingredients

Nachos are more delicious with fresh produce.

Cook in cartoccio

That is, cook your protein or vegetables in a tinfoil pack or container to keep the food moist and avoid scorching if you walk away from the grill.

Leave out the bacon

I love it more than the next person, but it doesn't have to be the star of every dish. Let it shine in one dish and go vegetarian on the others.

Make quesadillas

They're easy: Cook the meat in advance, wrap them individually in foil, and then heat them up on the grill.

Always have fresh guacamole

And chips.

On Oct. 19, Batali will cohost (with Joe Namath) an ultimate tailgate at Pier 92 in New York City (nycwff.org/jets).

ON SI.COM

Want to see more tailgating gear? Want to learn how to jury-rig an Open Air Cinema inflatable big-screen so you can watch NFL games? Go to extramustard.SI.com

PHOTOCOURTESY OF SAMSUNG MOBILE USA (GALAXY GEAR)Also lets you see and answer incoming callsPHOTOCHAD MATTHEW CARLSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (IPHONE)PHOTOClass up your tailgate with some vino from Silver Oak, the vineyard that jocks choose for gift-buying. SILVEROAK.COMPHOTOGARRY MCLEOD/STUDIO LLC (SOL SPEAKER)Big sound in a small packagePHOTOCheaper than having kidsPHOTOOPEN AIR CINEMA (MOVIE SCREEN)Also serves as a portable power station if your phone's battery diesPHOTOSIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FOOTBALL ACTION)PHOTOLOU ROCCO/ABC/GETTY IMAGES (BATALI)PHOTO