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5 Tailgating Tools to Make Your Pre-Game Cook-Off a Consistent Winner

Whether you're hanging out with family members before the big game or taking in a concert with a group of friends, tailgating adds festive flair to any event, occasion, or activity. One of America's most beloved pastimes, tailgating can...

Whether you're hanging out with family members before the big game or taking in a concert with a group of friends, tailgating adds festive flair to any event, occasion, or activity. One of America's most beloved pastimes, tailgating can be done just about anywhere, but having the right tools on hand can help get the party started and keep it going right up until kickoff. Here are five must-haves when it comes to taking home the top tailgating title.

1. A Grill

The granddaddy of all tailgating equipment, a grill is the number one tailgating essential. However, not all grills are created equally, and there are many ways to go when it comes to choosing the right one. For example, smokeless charcoal barbecues offer all of the flavor and fun of a cookout with easy portability and a smart smokeless design.

But if electric grilling is more your style, an option like the Downtown Grill Electric Hibachi Grill delivers game-changing potential. Just plug it into your car's cigarette lighter and you're good to grill.

Serving a large crowd or just feeling ambitious? Then consider a raclette party grill -- perfect for serving up everything from burgers to S'mores.

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2. Grill/Fry Tongs

What good is a grill without the tongs to go with it? Our pick for the perfect pair? Counseltron's 12 Inch Metal Tongs, which put plenty of distance between you and the open flame.

3. A Cooler

While food might be the star of your tailgating party, a cooler is its beloved co-star. Load up your cooler with an assortment of beverages, including plenty of water to keep everyone happy and hydrated. Tailgate party for two? Swap out the cooler for a handy, space-saving icebag.

4. Slow Cooker

Nothing is more warm and wonderful on a cold fall day quite like a slow-cooked crock of chili or a steaming pot of meatballs. Serve up some good, old-fashioned comfort food with minimal effort and maximal flavor with the ultimate convenient cooking tool: a slow cooker.

5. Oven Mitts

While oven mitts may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of tailgating, you'll be glad you have them when handling hot food. From basic versions to extra-length mitts, these aren't just for heavy duty cooking but also offer valuable protection from high grill temperatures.

Also on the list of lesser-known grilling necessities? An apron -- not just for style, but also to spare your favorite team sweatshirt from splashes and spills.

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If you're ready to score a touchdown at your next tailgating bash, these five tools are the ultimate play-makers. Before planning your next big outdoor occasion, make sure to visit Cilantro The Cooks Shop for these supplies and many more designed help you pull off a delicious meal guaranteed to have the crowd cheering for more.