Though originally used to identify cattle herds, the practice of hot-iron branding has become an acceptable means of claiming pies as your own and calling permanent dibs on a buddy's front seat. Brand your barbecue with school spirit with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of grilling equipment branded with one of 44 NCAA team logos from TheGrillTopper.com.
TheGrillTopper.com outfits tailgaters and culinarily inclined sports fans with a range of accessories to enhance grilling sessions, protect torsos and appendages, and showcase unwavering school pride. The site's signature item, the Grill Topper forged-metal grilling rack, sears university logos and slogans from 44 NCAA teams onto the chef's chow of choice. The 550 model ($19.99) emblazons foodstuffs with a burger-size insignias, allowing customers to brand steaks, chicken, or pork with the LSU Tigers logo. Or, use the sausage model to create a team-spirited grilled-bratwurst collage for the living-room wall ($17.99). Grill Toppers all nestle comfortably on the heated bed of most gas-grill racks, large-size charcoal-grill racks, and backyard lava pits.
Fire-cooking gourmands can also honor their alma mater by donning bold, school-logoed Grill Topper gloves ($18.99) and aprons ($34.99) or by flipping proteins with university-unique barbecue tools ($21.99/set).