The Portopong Chronicles
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs, Super Bowl Delight! January 30 2017
Maybe it was the bourbon talking at this weekends Mohegan Sun Bourbon Festival that had me hooked, but I discovered the joys of bacon wrapped meatballs and now the obsession comes the week before trying to decide what to make for Super Bowl!
If you have access to a smoker I would suggest following the recipe below but instead of baking these in the oven try placing them in your smoker for an even tastier treat as the bacon and beef absorb that smoke flavor.
Should you make these treat over the weekend please share with us on social media and use #baconmeatballpong so we know to find you!
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix ground beef, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, bread crumbs, garlic, onion powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, and basil in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Form meat mix into 2-inch meatballs.
- Wrap half a bacon slice around a meatball; turn the meatball around 45 degrees and wrap a second half-slice of bacon around the meatball so the meat is enclosed by bacon. Repeat, forming 12 meatballs and wrapping each one in 2 half-slices of bacon. Place wrapped meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet with seam sides down.
- Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink inside and bacon is crisp, about 45 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
- Pour off excess grease and let sit for 5 minutes, then serve'em up!
6 Tips & Tricks for Your Inflatable Beer Pong Table January 12 2017
You've purchased your POROTPONG inflatable beer pong - you are set to go on the most amazing vacation ever or whoop it up at the tailgate, everyone stops by to ask you about this amazing invention... now what...
Sound like one of the inventors when people stop by to jaw drop at your fun.
Tip #1 - Don't be a savage when the package arrives.
Open your PORTOPONG with love and care. If it's cold warm that baby up. Any pool float is made of materials designed for warm weather activities, your table will take shape and form better if its not a block of ice.
Tip #2 - Botox is not the answer.
It's OK to have some wrinkles when you first inflate the table, if you over inflate your table because your are trying to match the amazing photos we use on our website, just be patient. As we stated in step 1, warm weather will help tighten that son of a b$tch right up for you after you inflate. Don't keep shoving the air pump in for an injection of air.
Tip #3 - Mouth to Mouth.
Yes we know you bought an air pump so you don't have to use lung power to inflate a 6ft inflatable air bed of fun. But once you have inflated your pool pong table a few final puffs from your lungs can give you that desired look and buoyancy your looking for.
Tip #4 - I've played for hours and it's sagging!!
Someone was too busy partying during science class to remember how cold air reacts to hot air and displacement happens. After using your table for a long period of time if you notice the table is not as inflated as it was when you first started, take a moment to add a couple of puffs orally and you'll be good to go.
Tip #5 - Shoving it in doesn't make it right.
By this stage your tab
Tip #6 - Warm beer is gross. :(
We agree. Who wants to drink any hot beverage on a hot day. We do hope however it doesn't take you hours on end to clear 10 cups from the table and become the world record holder for the longest game of a single beer pong match. So how do we avoid the heat being absorbed by the sun into your table... simple... ICE IT DOWN!
The cup holders each have enough space from the top to the bottom for you to add a few ice cubes under the cups and turn them into coolers. Keep the bottom of the cups chilled during game play.
Rachel Ray Roasted Jalapeno Poppers October 14 2016
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers : A three-cheese blend of smoked pepper cheese, feta and cream cheese fill Rachael Ray's poppers. The smoky cheese and the roasted jalapenos make for a delicious and easy-to-eat appetizer.
How To Brew Your Own Pilsner October 03 2016
What place does craft beer have in beer pong? Well if you love beer, why wouldn't you love to make your own to play with?
From years of traveling the beer festival circuit one thing we learned was there is a beer out there for everyone! From Green Tea Ales to Hoppy McHopper IPA's all the way to Pumpkin Banana Bread Porter someone had an idea and a taste in mind for something. And guess what? They are all pretty tasty and worth at least a try. Support your local brewer!!
However - maybe you are just a "bud light" or "miller light" kinda drinker. Nothing wrong with lawn mower beers either. They serve a place in society, we start here, we learn from here, we can make our own!!!
A Pilsner is the term you are looking for if every out with friends and a Craft Beer Barista asks what do you want. But if you are going to make your own Pilsner try this recipe we found to be not to shabby...
Bohemian Millet Pilsner
Wonderful crisp Bohemian style Pilsner. Brewed with Noble Czech Saaz hops. Wonderfully balanced pils.
- 10 lbs Pale Millet malt (*all malts are from Grouse Malting Company)
- 2.5 lbs Munich Millet malt
- 2 lbs Buckwheat Malt
- 1.5 lbs Rice hulls
- 1 oz Czech Saaz (FWH)
- 2 oz Czech Saaz (30 min)
- 1 tab Whirlfloc (15 min)
- 1 oz Czech Saaz (10 min)
- 1 tsp DAP (10 min)
- 1 oz Czech Saaz (KO WP 10 min)
- 1 pkg Mangrove Jacks M-84
Boil: 90 Minutes
Primary Ferment: 7-10 days @52 with a 3 day diacetyl rest @65
Secondary Ferment: 5 weeks @32
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol by Vol: 5.6%
Bitterness IBU: 23.0
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons
Mash in 122 degrees with 4.5 gallons water 1 Tbsp LD Carlson Amylase enzyme and rest 15 mins. Turn on flame and slowly bring mash to 163 degrees constantly stirring to prevent scorching. Add 1Tbsp AMG-300 and rest mash for 2 hours. Mash out with 3 gallons of boiling water, recirculate wort and rest 10 mins to settle. Begin lautering to kettle, add FWH hop addition, once finished running wort, batch sparge with 4 gallons at 170, recirculated wort and rest 10 min to settle. Run remainder of wort to kettle should have close to 8 gallons. Boil 90 mins following hop and fining additions on recipe.
Source: Douglas Hebbard via https://beerrecipes.org/Recipe/13964/bohemian-millet-pilsner.html?gb=nr
How to throw the ultimate end of summer pool party August 31 2016
Here's a look at the top 10 key factors in throwing that awesome end of summer labor day party everyone will be talking about until Octoberfest!
The PORTOPONG was designed to be played "anywhere on anything", however its initial design was for the pool. No one wants to see a bunch of dudes in a pool alone, so get on the phone and call up your top girls. A good girl to guy ratio is crucial. We suggest 3:1
This is a given, but it totally sets the tone for the party. Is this a Sam Adams or Stone Brewery craft beer extravaganza or is this your low budget Pabst Blue Ribbon or even worse Natty Light blow out!
Any pool.... seriously... even using a kiddie pool is worth the investment? You are asking people to show up in bathing suits and have some water fun, you actually don't have to be all waist deep in the water to enjoy the water! Having a small pool is as fun as having a large in-ground pool. The little pool can have water blasters for everyones enjoyment.
#4 DON'T INVITE YOUR D'BAG FRIENDS
Do yourself a favor and keep them off the invite list. You'll thank us when your washing your sheets in the morning or when all the girls left because Tommy decided to show them the "gum" stuck on his shorts...
This should be a no-brainer in todays world of Spotify and Pandora. Put on your favorite party mix channel and let the playlist flow, but if your looking to bring it back to the old school dust off your mix tapes and discman, and pump up the jam! Everyone loves some Salt and Pepper, Will Smith, and don't forget the Spice Girls!
The ultimate party has to have a little somethin'
somethin' on the barbie... it's a focal point! So get that baby fired up! Food is crucial for success of the ultimate party, and will also assist you with upcoming "#9 LATE NIGHT PARTY"
#7 LATE STRAGLERS
Insure you have a few people arriving "fashionably late" as this insures to keep the flow of the party.
#8 THIN OUT THE CROWD
By now we hope you have achieved the goal of the ultimate summer party status on everyones instagram feed, but now it's time the party needs to wind down slowly vs all at once to avoid mass chaos and broken house object. Here's how best to achieve a thinning of the herd:
Identify a couple of people mentioned above "#4 D"BAGS" and a couple of people mentioned above "#1 GIRLS". Connect the annoying, angry, rude, and prude types together. They will become uncomfortable together, very uncomfortable and ultimately leave.
Congrats you have now created the "VIP Group" and everyone left feels suddenly important, confident, special, and part of the "A" group. We know what your saying, we don't get it either but its something Dr. Phil would have fun analyzing.
Now that the pool portion of the party is wrapping up, you can wipe down your
#9 LATE NIGHT PARTY
PORTOPONG and bring it indoors. You will thank us for the mess it will save you later, don't forget at this stage of the party the accuracy in throwing a ping pong ball has diminished and if you were playing beer pong on a piece of plywood or a folding table your best mates might knock the table over or the cups. With your PORTOPONG in play the recessed cup holders keep cups where they belong.
So at this point your work should be done! Remember you've work hard to get here..... act like you've been doing it forever! As the host don't drink till you get the spins and certainly don't turn into a "#4 D'BAG".
#10 WAKE UP!
Time to grab a cup of OJ and a gallon of coffee - or is it the other way around? Walk through the house, make a quick mental note of where everything should still be and who has ended up sleeping on the couch vs the floor. Burn all bed sheets and break out the Breaking Bad jump suits it's time to decontaminate the home!
But now until after you go and look at all the amazing party pics on your social media accounts!
We hope a few land at http://www.facebook.com/
Drunken Clams with Garlic Bread July 06 2016
Having a beach party or a backyard bash? Between playing some PORTOPONG poolside, cocktails, and basking in the sun try dazzling your guests with this awesome appetizer!
Our drunken clams with grilled garlic bread will have everyones mouths watering, you never wanna waist the juice!
- Little neck clams
- Lite Beer
- Fresh Basil
- Olive oil
- French Bread
- Fire up the grill!
- In a tin (small or large depending on the amount of clams) add oil and 4/5 cloves garlic ( the more the merrier) and start to simmer.
- Remove from the heat and add clams chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, beer, and 1 stick of butter cut into cubes spread out in different areas of the tray, salt and pepper to taste ( if you want to kick it up add red pepper flakes)
- Cover with tin foil and steam until clams are open (usually 10/12 mins)
- Cut French Bread in half grill face down, until crispy. Remove from heat, butter and garlic. Place on grill and crisp the rest of the way.
- Remove the Foil slice bread and soak up the summer love!
Best Summer Toy Of 2016 June 14 2016
What is the best summer toy of 2016?
Memorial day has come and gone, now comes the planning for epic summer concert series, 4th of July parties and pool party fun any time we can. With so many cool toys out in the world we know you can spend countless hours on Amazon reading reviews and searching for the best damn summer toy of 2016.
Will this year be the year you go all in and get the drone for your pool with an underwater cameras? Or will your friends convince you to back a kickstarter campaign for spray-on edible bikinis that wont ship until winter of 2017!
Your choices are becoming endless so we are here to remind you that the world's first inflatable beer pong table is not a bad option! Our PORTOPONG pool pong raft will offer you countless summer memories and even a place to sleep when the party is over. And don't forget our motto - "Play anywhere on anything". That's right - take your table with you tailgating too. We know how to make your investment in fun stretch!
But we totally understand if you rather buy a pool noodle or a crappy floatie every year and replace it vs. buying a heavy duty quality inflatable beer pong table!
And YES, we know this to be a shameless plug in hopes to lure you in to our shop!
Crunchy, Salty, Caramel Tailgate Snack Mix June 07 2016
While planning for my annual Dave Mathews Band tailgate adventure this weekend I wanted to bring a snack along that my buddies can feast on while I am grilling. Being a huge fan of check mix I decided that I was gonna step it up a notch and found this awesome recipe.
You get the crunch factor, the sweet, and the salt. If you are a fan of CHOPPED then you know that this is a perfect balance needed in any snack. I am tempted to add some chipotle powder to it too for a little heat as well. But either case, good food, good beers and good tunes will be sure to make it a awesomely fun weekend. And of course we will be grilling under our portOpong tent priming up for some tailgate gaming fun.
- 1 12 - ounce box crispy corn and rice cereal (about 12 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts, cashews, or almonds
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light-color corn syrup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups chocolate-covered raisins, chocolate-covered peanuts, or semisweet or milk chocolate pieces
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a foil roasting pan, combine cereal and nuts; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from oven. Spread mixture on a large piece of buttered foil; cool. Wash and dry the foil roasting pan.
- Break cereal mixture into pieces; return to clean roasting pan. Stir in chocolate-covered raisins; cover.
Recipe by: MidWestLiving
Battleship Beer Pong May 23 2016
B12. F1... You sank my Battleship!
A true classic from many '90s childhood. This classic game recently has been brought to our attention and has many PORTOPONG fans asking us can we improve on this game.
Granted the idea of floating mini boats with cup holders is intriguing. The game in an aquatic setting however would just be a free throw showdown, which sounds pretty cool too.
Beer Pong Battleship we think is best played on land, similar to what the folks below have done. Simply layout a grid on a table with masking tape or draw a 10x10 grid over a sheet of paper. Second thought, we suggest going to the Dollar Tree near you and getting a plastic table cloth and use a sharpie. There is bound to be some wetness on the table. Next label the ROWS A-J and the COLUMNS 1-10.
Next gather14 Solo Cups each and some bottle caps. Place your cups as you would the actually pieces the aircraft carrier piece (this should take up five cup spaces,) the battleship (four cup spaces), the destroyer (takes up three cup spaces) and the patrol boat (the smallest with two cup spots).
Use pennies or bottle caps to track spaces you have missed. If you call the right cup once it has been emptied is placed upside down.
YES we know PORTOPONG is a beer pong toy, so we probably should be discussing which light beer works best at a tailgate. Is it Coors Light, Natty Light. Bud Light, Peels, Pabst, or insert any other yellow beer brand! Instead we are going to share with you one of our favorite side drinks, everyone knows you gotta have side drink when tailgating!
And we are big bourbon fans, usually a Bulleit Rye and if not it's a Makers Mark, but this little something special is a beverage that everyone from whiskey lover to whiskey who.
Old Fashioned Amber
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, just enough to chill the contents.
- Add the bourbon, sugar and bitters and shake well.
- Strain into 4 rocks glasses and top each with half a bottle of ale.
- Rub the rim of the glass with the orange peel and then add it to the drink along with a cherry if using.
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon bitters, such as Angostura or orange
- Two 12-ounce bottles amber ale (like a Sam Adams Boston Lager)
- 4 strips orange peel (removed from the orange with a vegetable peeler)
- 4 maraschino cherries, optional
"Which beer pong float do I want to buy?"
This is a question many ask when performing their online searches for the best damn floating beer pong table money can buy! Now YES we are a bit biased and think PORTOPONG is the best. Naturally being the inventors of modern day inflatable beer pong tables we would think this.
When we came up with our idea how to play beer pong in the pool back in 2007, the first thing we said was it can't be cheaply made. It has to be as durable as an air bed, simply becuase we know games can get heated and all hell can break loose. We went with a thicker style vinyl material. Other brands from our experience use the same materials in those dollar store pool floats. So even though the price may be right to you online, expect to buy a new one each season. Maybe that's your style. But with PORTOPONG we are still rocking the same tables we had made back in '07!
Other factors that make our table the best bang for the buck - we are 6f, the perfect size for tailgating and/or just lounging in the pools. Our pool float has a two types of air valves. One for puffing by breath (we suggest only use this for adding a few more puffs after long period of play) and a valve (known as a boston valve) designed to be used with a air pump of choice. The larger valve also when un-capped allows for rapid deflation. You don't want to hold the mouth piece forever to let the air out. I personally can think of a million better things to do with my time.
And lastly - our cup holders were designed to fit 20oz Red Solo Cups for the best rack. Certainly you can use smaller cups, but keep in mind every cup maker has a different diameter. Being a fixed rack your cups will have gaps depending on size and height placement. But for the best rack in town (like in the video below) use the standard!
We did warn you we are biased, but we do have our customers and fans in mind when we say you get what you pay for and we hope you pay for a PORTOPONG beer pong floatie!
Are you packing the right water toys for the lake? March 29 2016
Are you always asking yourself, “what’s gonna make this trip amazing?!?”
It’s really not uncommon when planning any vacation to think this. But sometimes packing space becomes limiting and some items just don’t make it with you.
Which bring us to water toys - pool noodles, loungers, basically any type of floatie is key lakeside item that really falls in the must have category.
But how about an inflatable beer pong table? Where does an item like this fall in your list of priorities? Sure, it would be amazing to setup a fun game of Beer Pong or Water Pong with friends and family by the dock. Watching neighbors and other vacationers stare wide eyed as you tow it up and down waterfront on the back of your watercraft can really add that little extra to a trip.
But you already packed your lounger - can one justify taking multiple floats?
That’s where PORTOPONG comes in … designed for rugged play and measuring at 6ft x 3ft this durable raft is equipped with 22 cup recessed holders on one side for all day enjoyment and can easily be flipped over and used as a pool lounger. With grommets on each corner and strings included you can fasten yourself to most anything.
The PORTOPONG table can be played anywhere on anything and offers year round fun!
Easy Grill Chipotle Orange Chicken Legs March 23 2016
This sweet-and-spicy Asian-inspired dish is an impressive meal, but takes less than an hour!
Serve with coleslaw for an easy summer side Combine 1 (16-oz.) package shredded coleslaw mix, 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, and 1 tsp. salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- 1 cup fresh orange juice, divided
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
- 2 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 8 drumsticks)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Combine 1/4 cup orange juice, 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, and next 5 ingredients in a shallow dish or large zip-top plastic freezer bag; add chicken. Cover or seal, and chill 10 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.
2. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 10 to 12 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from grill; cover with aluminum foil, and let stand 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together 2 tsp. brown sugar, remaining 3/4 cup orange juice, and 2 Tbsp. soy sauce in a small saucepan. Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tsp. water, and whisk into orange juice mixture. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute or until thickened. Brush sauce over chicken.
Recipe via myrecipes.com
Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett