This year you can outplay your noisy tailgate neighbors with an array of gadgets that will make your party the one to envy. There’s something for every budget, so don’t let simplicity scare you away from upgrading your game. Here are some popular choices that change the rules of the sport.
Portable propane grill with hitch mount. This might not be hardcore high-tech, but it’s ingenious all the same. Inspired by deck-side grills for leisure boats, a hitch-grill will let you add to your workspace, cook your burgers and then drive around even while the grill’s still hot.
Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven. Stone-cooked pizza cooked fresh at the back of your car? With one of these propane-fueled ovens, your game-day slogan can now be, “would you like deep-dish or thin crust?”
Insulated carbonated drink bottle. Keep your beer and soft drinks cold and fizzy in a refillable, hard-sided bottle that won’t break.
Hitch-mounted tailgate TV stand. Watch the pregame show on your flat-screen TV while you lounge with your friends in the parking lot. It’s the best of both worlds, incorporating the comforts of home and the fun of the stadium.
Tailgate sunshade. Who cares about the weather on game day? Not you, if you have a roof over your head. An easy-to-mount sunshade will keep you dry and happy, out of the sun, rain or snow.
Drink chiller. If you’d like an affordable tailgate gadget to play with this year, try a spin-chiller. For around $30, you can spin your can or bottle in your cooler’s ice cubes for a fast 60-second cool-down.