The weather outside is frightful, but that's not keeping true football fans away! The game must go on, and so must the tailgating. These cold-weather tailgating tips ensure a good and warm time for everyone.

Bring a tent: whether an actual camping tent or a simple canopy, anything to shield you from the wind will help. While tents can protect you from the wind, they can also fly off with the wind! Be sure to secure it with bricks or even concrete if possible.

Man the grill: Prepare to spend more time and fuel when grilling in the cold weather, and be sure to keep the lid shut as much as possible. The grill master is the lucky duck who reaps the warmth benefits!

Bring the heat: And I'm not talking to the contending teams! Bringing things like extra fuel, chafing dishes, even a chimney starter will help kick off the cooking and maintain it throughout.

Proper storage: Cast iron pots will keep food piping hot for hours, and they're safe to throw on an open fire or the grill. Thermoses are perfect for serving hot drink or soup.

Plan easy-to-eat meals: As yummy as barbeque is, it's probably not the best cold-weather meal because it requires two hands and is super messy. Think: stews, soups, easy sandwiches.

Save your Styrofoam: Not just for packing or making a mess, Styrofoam can serve as a great barrier between your cold feet and the frozen ground during a frigid tailgate. Create a make-shift floor with the stuff, and be sure to dispose of it properly when it's game time.

Dress appropriately: We've all seen the crazy guys donning their bare chests in the sub-zero temperatures. Don't be those guys! Dress in layers that not only keep you warm, but dry. And don't forget about your face; if you're not into scarves, invest in one of the hats that doubles as neck protection. 

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