Best Tech to Entertain at Home During the Summer

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Fourth of July is the first weekend that kicks off Summer BBQ, backyard and outdoor entertainment and we have the best tech to entertain your guests. 80% percent of people get together with family during this holiday.  According to a news release from American Automobile Association (AAA), the number of travelers this holiday weekend (what the AAA defines as Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4) will be the highest on record, with 5 million more travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend, that is a lot of cooking and grilling.

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  • 150,000,000 Number of hot dogs consumed on July 4th each year
  • 700 million pounds Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th
  • 190 million pounds Amount of red meat / pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th

Without a doubt, our Latino culture loves to entertain at home during the Summer, as I looked for the best tech out there for the family BBQ I came across some great options.

Grilling, how do we know when it’s ready?

My hubby and I never come to an agreement to decide when the meats are ready, well we have a solution.

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed grill master or just digging in, everyone can benefit from a good thermometer and timer. If you’re looking for the best and smartest, the Weber iGrill app-connected thermometer may be your answer. It makes grilling easier, more convenient, and a whole lot smarter.  Try the iGrill2 and Grill with confidence and precision with the  digital app-connected thermometer. The iGrill 2 monitors food from beginning to end, and notifies you once it has reached the perfect temperature to take off the grill.

Who’s cleaning the grill? 

Always a point of contention, well I found a cleaning miracle, the Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot. It does a good job of cleaning the grilling surface, it has a rechargeable battery and the brushes are dishwasher safe.  The Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot does a nice job cleaning the surface of your barbecue, but you’ll still need a brush to get to the stuff between the grates.

Don’t let your smartphone run out of juice!

OK, how many times are you sitting out in the patio and you are watching your phone battery drain….. well, here you have it, a Portable USB Charger Bank 10′ LED Light Patio Solar Umbrella Tilt Adjustmentan umbrella with a USB charger, and the umbrella charges by LED, energy efficient!

The energy- efficient LED lights are solar-powered (located on the top of the umbrella) and have a run time of 9-12 hours. In addition to the LED light switch, this umbrella also has a USB charger which solar-powered and is perfect for charging your phone or tablet. The USB charger can also be detached to become a portable power bank for charging on-the-go there are different models out there so you may want to do a little research on color and pricing.

Late Night BBQ’s

If your backyard parties go in to the night like ours do, have your BBQ well lit. A must-have item for the outdoor chef or griller is the Zeust Barbecue Grill Light, which will make cooking easier and provide the kind of focused task lighting you need to gauge cooking times with a barbecue light.

Turn your BBQ into a Nightclub!

Your party is not complete without music to entertain your guest. There are many options in Bluetooth speakers, our favorite is what we will call the party in the box, the Sony SRS-XB40Wherever you are, create your own club night with the SRS-XB40 wireless speaker. With deep bass and flashing lights, you can set the scene for a big night out. It lights up with your favorite sounds, it is water resistant and has 24 hours battery life, yes! Take it on the road and no power needed.

There you have it amigas, our top picks for outdoor entertaining starting the 4th of July weekend. Have a fun and safe week.