Back-to-school season usually doesn't deserve a celebration, except by some parents, but it coincides with two other seasons — football and tailgating — with almost universal appeal.
So let's celebrate in Parking Lot C with some equipment for the tailgater:
Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto
What: Portable pizza oven.
Tailgate Tech Rating: 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 temperatures of 700 degrees, the type of heat the pros recommend for the perfect pizza. Cooks a pizza in five minutes.
Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer
What: Multipurpose grill.
Tailgate Tech Rating: 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.
iDevices iGrill Mini
What: Bluetooth smart thermometer.
Tailgate Tech Rating: 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.