Kevin Hunt: Wanna-Haves For The Tailgater

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto

The Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto oven. (Pizzacraft / August 8, 2014)

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.

Price: $299.95.

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.

Information: pizzacraft.com

Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer

What: Multipurpose grill.

Price: $249.99

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.

Information: blacktop360.com

iDevices iGrill Mini

What: Bluetooth smart thermometer.

Price: $39.99

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.

Information: idevicesinc.com

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