Although nearly half of the NFL schedule takes place during the fall months…
Football is essentially a winter sport.
|Now this is chili weather!|
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But for the 22 “cold weather” cities (average temp. below 60°) the 4-month average is 50°, dropping to a winterly 40° for the latter half of the season (Nov-Dec).
And while 8 teams play in domed stadiums, that doesn’t help the faithful fans that tailgate rain or shine, and yes, even in snow.
So NFL fans need to be prepared for all types of conditions, but since the majority deal with wintry weather more often than not, it’s important to know the best tailgate food for cold weather.
Does more than just keep you warm - if it were only about that, well, a heated blanket would do the trick.
Since the average NFL fan:
…the ideal cold weather tailgate food should:
So forget the veggie nachos and the meatless chili; you can eat healthy when you’re home.
We took 8 popular tailgate foods and rated them on 5 categories:
Ease/difficulty of preparation. (Prep) A lot
of people still like to cook on site rather than at home, so ideally you
should be able to prepare your tailgate food with just basic cookout
On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 = smoked ribs and 5 = bratwurst, sausages, & hot dogs.
Ability to reduce your body's rate of alcohol absorption. (AA) Contrary to popular belief, alcohol neither raises nor lowers your body core temperature. It does however, make you drunk, and it’s in everyone’s best interest if you slow down that process.
While the mere presence of food in your stomach will help, but “The rate at which alcohol is absorbed depends on how quickly the stomach empties its contents into the intestine. The higher the dietary fat content, the more time this emptying will require and the longer the process of absorption will take.” *
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doesn't mean you should be guzzling cooking oil or serving up a deep-fried
slab of bacon at the next game. 1 = raw veggies. 5 = Philly cheesteak,
Ability to help keep your body warm. (Warm) Foods that are abundant in niacin (animal liver, eggs, cheese) and spicy foods boost blood circulation thereby keeping your body warm. 5 = “Death” wings, 5-alarm chili.
Familiarity/popularity. (F/P) So you've discovered that yak meat is dirt cheap and bursting with protein, or that hippo intestines are really easy to cook and will keep you warm as toast, but what's the point if nobody wants to eat it?
People tend to stick with tailgate food that are either familiar to
them or are well known.
Since this rating is extremely subjective it is weighted less than the other categories. 1 = venison or other wild game. 3 = pizza, burgers.
Cost. (Cost) If money was not an object then we'd all be dining on Kobe steak and lobster tails at tailgate parties. I'm talking about a realistic budget though. 1 = t-bone steak, lobster. 5 = hot dogs, beer-butt chicken.
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So if you consider yourself Joe Fan, then consider these foods tailgate party essentials that will save you time, money, & yes, hangovers.
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