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.
2 / GIANT TUMBLE TOWER
Build a tower the size of a small child with this Jenga on steroids. ($139)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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
On Oct. 19, Batali will cohost (with Joe Namath) an ultimate tailgate at Pier 92 in New York City (nycwff.org/jets).
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