Wanna-haves for the football tailgater

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Football season is finally here again! And that means it’s time to tailgate.

Whether you’re heading to TCU for the home opener Saturday or to AT&T Stadium to cheer on the Cowboys at the first regular-season game next weekend, take stock of your parking-lot party supplies. Need an upgrade?

Let’s gather in Parking Lot C and rate some equipment for tailgaters.

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto

What it is: Portable pizza oven

Price: $299.95.

Rating (out of 10): 6

Comment: Grilled sausage? Avoid the tailgate cliche with this mini-pizzeria (26 pounds) that runs two hours on a 1-pound propane tank and preheats in 10 minutes. Reaches temperature of 700 degrees, the type of heat the pros recommend for the perfect pizza. Cooks a pizza in five minutes.

Information: www.pizzacraft.com

Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer

What it is: Multipurpose grill

Price: $249.99

Rating (out of 10): 7

Comment: It sounds like something from a 1980s infomercial: The Party Hub has a grill, griddle and deep fryer. Menu can include an omelet, deep-fried wings or fries and a burger. Propane power with electric pulse igniter. Maker says grill’s infrared-ceramic burner cooks 50 percent faster than charcoal.

Information: www.blacktop360.com

iDevices iGrill Mini

What it is: Bluetooth smart thermometer

Price: $39.99

Rating (out of 10): 8

Comment: The latest wireless thermometer from iDevices is its smallest, a 2-inch package with an LED display. Follow the cooking progress on the display or with the iGrill Mini app via iOS devices or a new Android version. Magnetic mount. Battery lasts up to 150 hours.

Information: http://idevicesinc.com

Ion Audio Block Rocker Bluetooth

What it is: 28-pound portable speaker

Price: $199.99

Rating (out of 10): 5

Comment: A big boomer that streams music via Bluetooth from a portable device. Includes built-in AM/FM radio to tune in the game in case the tailgate session extends into the first half. Lead-acid battery charge lasts up to 12 hours. High neighbor-annoyance potential: Sound travels, loud and reasonably clear, up to 150 feet with the speaker’s 8-inch woofer driven by a 50-watt amplifier (and highs from a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter).

Information: www.ionaudio.com

Dish Tailgater

What it is: Satellite television without a rooftop dish.

Price: $350 for Dish Network customers with compatible receiver or $499 for entire system.

Rating (out of 10): 10

Comment: When the tailgating is just too good to leave, the Tailgater brings the game to the parking lot for satellite subscribers. Year-round Dish contract not required: Available with a pay-as-you-go plan. Not included: television.

Information: www.dish.com/technology/tv-outdoors/

SunBrite SB-3270HD HDTV

What it is: 32-inch, all-weather television.

Price: $1,495

Rating (out of 10): 8

Comment: Powder-coated, rust-proof aluminum exterior designed to protect internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air and tailgate condiments. Weighs 26 pounds.

Information: www.sunbritetv.com

Honda EU1000i

What it is: 1,000-watt portable generator

Price: $949.95

Rating (out of 10): 9

Comment: Excellent compact gas-powered generator for tailgating or emergency use. This inverter weighs less than 29 pounds, runs close to four hours on a full load on 0.6 gallon of gas and is quiet enough (59 decibels) so it won’t disrupt TV viewing or your tailgate neighbors.

Information: http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators

Power Bacon

What it is: Pork-scented deodorant

Price: $12.99

Rating (out of 10): 2

Comment: Bring the aroma of the BBQ into the stadium. Never worry about a stress-producing game with its 24-hour, bacon-scented protection. For the BBQ completist only.

Information: www.jdfoods.net

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