There's only one reason waking up early on weekends is acceptable, and it's to load a bunch of beer and meat into a car, drive to a giant parking lot and stand outside for hours on end in all kinds of weather before watching 22 people fight over an 11-inch piece of pigskin. And that's why tailgating season -- and football season as a whole -- is the best part of the year. Whether you've been tailgating before stadiums had video boards or you're going to your first big game this year, you need to make sure you're doing it right--and that's where we come in. Here is your ultimate tailgating guide with the tools, the tastes and the tips to make the next five months of football fantastic. We broke it down into five different parts to cover it all: -Our top-rated tailgate gear -Amazon's top items -Gridiron grub -Grilling how-tos -Tips and tricks To throw the perfect tailgate, you need the right equipment, from grills and accessories to coolers, coozies and cornhole.