Another good grill is the Coleman XL Road Trip. It is also around $200 and it has a nice propane system. When you are done it folds up flat and is very easy to travel with. My brother-in-law has used one of these for years, and had plenty of Notre Dame football players eating burgers off of it in the last few years and never had a complaint.
If you have the room and can use charcoal, the Weber One Touch is the best grill in the world. It is what grills are supposed look like and If you know what you are doing, the Weber is as versatile as your stove and oven at home. There are 18-inch and 22-inch models, both run under $80 and will last a very long time. There is also the Smoky Joe which is the table top model for about $30 and it is great choice as well.
Each of these are great and serve there own purposes, but as the guardian of the Holy Chalice once told Indiana Jones — “choose wisely.”
And speaking of chalices, if you find yourself with an empty one at a tailgate, then you might as well fill it with a margarita.
Many companies now make premixed margaritas in two liter bottles. Simply fill a very large cup with ice and pour it over. Garnish with lime. If you have access to power, bring a blender. Margaritaville also makes a wonderful blender called the Frozen Concoction Maker that hooks into your car power supply (cigarette lighter for we old folks).
But even if you have to drink your pre-made Margaritas over the rocks do so in very large insulated team logo mug.
Trust me — this trick has gotten me through years of little league and youth softball games.
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