Man Crates - Summer Cookout Essentials

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The Man Crates Manifesto:
We say 'no' to ugly neckties, cologne samplers and executive trinkets. We don't save wrapping paper, we don't do ribbons.
We ship bragworthy gifts for guys. Gifts that you can't wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them.
Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar.
We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts for men.

There are several categories across the top to browse through - from Carnivore, Survivalist, Beer Lover, Snack Enthusiast, Gamer, to Athlete! There is a little something for everyone at Man Crates - my son would probably flip for the Zombie Annihilation Crate or The Bacon Crate...! They have a Grill Master Crate featuring a cast-iron smoker box with wood chips, steak thermometers, brass-knuckle meat tenderizer, and Bone Doctor's BBQ sauces. Sounds like a pretty amazing combination!

Now - tell me, if you could pick your top 5 or so FAVORITES for a summer cookout, what would they be? What are the essentials? I had a bunch of thoughts run through my head when I first was asked to pick my top 4 - 5 must haves. A cookout is more than just grilling - it's about the whole package; the food (of course), the atmosphere and mood, the family and friends, the laughter, and the good times.

I came up with the finalists below.

This fantastic camp loveseat chair (we have one from REI that we love!).

Stansport Apex Double Arm Chair
From Staples

A drink tub - or cooler.
From Target: Artland Oasis Copper Oval Party Tub

S'MORES. 'Nuff said.

Love these telescoping grill fork / skewers.

Fantastic Grilling Gadgets.
Flexible Fire Wire - Grilling Genius (made by FireWire)
I think a fire pit is pretty fantastic as well, an "Off" candle to keep the mosquitos away can come in super handy, a fun bottle opener is well loved and appreciated, and some good heavy duty grilling "weapons" (aka grill brush, tongs, and a spatula) are also going to come in very handy for your next Summer Cook Out. Oh yes. Don't forget a big 'ol juicy watermelon. It's a requirement.

Lindsey says - MORE WATERMELON!!

I could go on, and on, and on... as I love entertaining, love grilling, and love summer time!


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