By Spencer Neuharth
ATA is all about the new archery gear: bows, arrows, broadheads, nocks, boots, jackets, stands and blinds. What caught me off guard this year, though, was all the wild game and cooking oriented booths. I was often more excited to see what they had to offer than what the newest compound was. Here are my three favorite cooking products for outdoorsmen from ATA 2017.
FireDisc Deep 24-inch Portable Cooker | $380
The FireDisc Portable Cooker is something I can envision on my patio, at my cabin, outside of my tent, on my tailgate… anywhere. It’s a super cool design, which collapses down in just seconds to a fraction of its full size. It runs on propane, and delivers an even heat through its patented Heat Ring that makes it super versatile for any cooking situation. You could use the FireDisc for everything, like searing steaks, grilling burgers, frying fish or boiling greens. It’s obvious clean up wouldn’t be a problem either, thanks to the powder coated surface.
Yeti Half Gallon Rambler | $100
Yeti’s ramblers keep getting bigger and better. Now available in half and full gallon options, these double-wall insulated jugs are ideal for long days in the field. It’d keep your water perfectly cold while working food plots in the summer, or make sure that your chili stays piping hot while ice fishing in the winter. The handle is made of secure rubber grip and the stainless steel design is sweat proof, making handling the Yeti comfortable no matter the conditions. It also features a wide mouth lid, which makes it flexible enough to haul around anything from teas to stews.
Weston Pro Series #8 Meat Grinder | $400
Nobody knows wild game processing better than Weston, whose new Pro Series grinders have 50% more power. Weston also offers a 5-year warranty and has ensured that prep, disassembly, cleanup and storage are as convenient as ever. They’ve really thought of everything, with a built-in knife sharpener, auger-grabbing stomper and tray-nested accessory storage. The guys from the Weston booth recommended the #5 or #8 grinder for the average guy who does a couple deer a year. Both are capable of making a variety of homemade sausages, such as snack sticks, breakfast links or brats.