With football season about to come into full swing, it’s time to dust off the grill, clean out the cooler, and get ready for some major league tailgating. There is a wide array of football apps out there meant to enhance the game experience, but a few are tailored specifically for those who look forward to the hours before the game as much as the game itself.

Weber’s On the Grill

Weber’s has long been synonymous with grilling, so it’s no surprise that the best grilling app comes from Weber’s. This comprehensive app includes over 300 tested recipes for meats, sauces, marinades, and rubs taken from Weber’s popular cookbooks. The app lets you make lists of ingredients and share recipes with family and friends, provides over 100 tips for expert grilling, and even presents short videos so you can see grilling masters in action. The app is available for $4.99.

GrillTime

There’s always plenty going on at a good tailgating party, so it’s easy for the chef to get distracted and forget to flip the meat. It’s even more difficult when multiple types and sizes of meat occupy the grill at the same time. That’s where GrillTime comes in handy. This simple app, available for iOS devices for $1.99, makes it easy to track what meat you have on the grill and how long before either it finishes or you need to flip it. The app lets you track multiple meats at the same time and provides an alarm when the time is right.

Tailgating

Tailgating seems like a simple thing; it’s just a cookout in a parking lot or field. But anyone who has ever tried to run one knows that things get complicated quickly. Tailgating is a simple app that provides a series of checklists so you won’t forget that special marinade or leave your binoculars at home. The app lets you create several lists, sorted by event, so that even if you have different tailgating needs just a few days apart, you’ll always know that you have everything you need.

Seat Sherpa

Any good tailgaters know their home stadiums like the back of their hands, but sometimes the need for an amazing tailgating party takes you somewhere far away. That’s where an app like Seat Sherpa comes in handy. Not only does this app give you an idea of where your seats will be located, but it also integrates with Google Maps to ensure that you can find your way to and around the stadium. One wrong turn can mean the difference between an amazing tailgate and a missed opportunity, so this is one app all serious tailgaters should own.

Team Stream

With all the grilling, drinking, and general partying that goes on at a good tailgate, it can be easy to forget why you’re there in the first place. There are a wide variety of football apps out there, but one overall sports news app that really shines is Team Stream from Bleacher Report. This free app uses a slick interface and comprehensive sports coverage to give you up-to-the-minute news and scores from all your favorite teams. If keeping up with sports news and scores is just as important to you as grilling the perfect burger, this app is a must-have.

Beer Counter

At some point during the tailgate the conversation inevitably turns to who had the most to drink. While it’s kind of a perverse honor, this isn’t the time to get all shy about how many you can put down. Since even the best drinkers can lose track of their consumption, it’s Beer Counter to the rescue. It tracks your drinks as you consume them and even lets you show off your results on social networking sites.

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