Gas might lack the romance of a glowing bed of coals, but the flames are instant so you can start cooking as soon as you’ve found parking. What sets the Hotwheel apart from other skottle-type braais is its three high-pressure burners (most just have one), so the cast iron grilling plate heats up hotter and more evenly.
2 No Cooler Box Than This
Tropical Ice Box
Okay, so it looks like it belongs on the set of Teletubbies rather than at Loftus Versfeld. But don’t be fooled by the cute colours: this is one serious cooler box. Made in Australia from thick, refrigeration-grade insulation and high-impact poly-ethylene, it’s capable of keeping ice for up to 10 days (say Tropical) while simultaneously surviving the rigours of your post-game celebrations.
R1 710 www.cymot.com
3 Portable Power
Masango Solar Panel
So you’ve got “Meisie Meisie” pumping full blast on the stereo and the fridge is working overtime to keep the Castles cold? Then you’d better have a set of jumper cables handy. Alternatively, plug in this Masango thin-film “amorphous” silicon solar panel, which pumps 60 watts back into your vehicle’s battery, yet is
compact and flexible enough to pack away under the seat.
R6 300 www.masangosolar.com
4 Fun And Games
Aerobie Rocket Football
Funny how we spectators are consummate experts (and Schalk Burger knows absolutely nothing) when we’re shouting from the stands. But try pass us a ball after the match and things look a little less promising. The patented curved fins on the Rocket provide some welcome assistance, making it go faster and further while also stabilising it in the air to help keep butter fingers at bay.
5 Joseph Joseph
Cut & Carve
Nope, you and the boys haven’t had one too many. The Cut & Carve is specially designed with a sloping surface so that meat juices drain down and gather on one side for easy disposal. As an added bonus, the meat grip, a matrix of small teeth in the centre of the board, ensures your fillet doesn’t go skidding off the tailgate into the dirt.
Ultratec 15-Piece Camping Set
Four different blades, tongs, a carving fork, serving spoon, spatula, can opener, corkscrew, potato peeler and breadboard all squeezed into something the size of a laptop case? Sounds improbable. The secret is Ultratec’s interchangeable handle system, which allows you to slot different utensils into the two universal handles to suit the job
at hand. R399 www.liteoptec.co.za
7 Play It Cool
More Gio Aplon than Bakkies Botha, the T08 is a good choice if you’re pushed for
space. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on refreshments. An onboard thermoelectric motor (which runs off your vehicle’s 12-volt power supply) keeps the interior chilled to as much as 20°C below ambient, so you can ditch the ice bricks.
Everything you need for the perfect tailgate party