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Father's Day BBQ Ideas


Father’s Day Barbecue Ideas that Dad will Love

What man doesn’t love a good barbecue? And what could be a more ideal meal for Father’s Day than a hearty barbecue dinner that Dad will simply adore? A warm June Sunday is the perfect time to plan an outside meal and prepare some scrumptious offerings on the grill.

Father’s Day BBQ: Planning the Day

At many households throughout the nation, Dad is the master of the grill. That means you might

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have to work hard to keep him away, but remember that Father’s Day is his day of rest and that the barbecuing can be left to someone else, perhaps mom or an older son that knows the ins and outs of grilling.

Before you begin, if you haven’t used the BBQ grill prior to the event, check it out and make sure all is well. For gas grills, you’ll want to check all hoses and connections for leaks. It’s also a good idea to take out the removable parts and scrub the grill with soap and water. Spider webs and various insects can gather in your grill, including in some of the tubes, so double check for problems before the big day.

Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of the kids as you’re getting everything in order. Even the younger ones can pick up trash in the yard or wipe off a table. Older kids can hose down the deck or patio, set up serving tables, check the barbecue supplies, and make sure last year’s lawn chairs are in good condition. Take a look around the garden and have the younger kids pull any weeds and let the older ones mow the lawn.

Father’s Day BBQ: What to Serve

A Father’s Day BBQ calls for manly food! “The heartier, the better” is a good rule of thumb unless Dad is on a restricted diet. This is no time for delicate food like apricot-glazed chicken breast or bruschetta tilapia.

So why not go for the steak? If the Dad in your home loves red meat, this is the time to celebrate with a juicy cut of steak. Look for “prime” cuts, which are the best for grilling and are guaranteed to be tender and delicious. Think about purchasing a porterhouse or T-bone cut as both are excellent. Make sure you keep an eye on the doneness so that you don’t overcook the steak.

If Dad prefers burgers to steak, that’s fine, but don’t settle for the pre-made thin burgers you can buy in your supermarket’s freezer section. Buy ground sirloin and make your own. Consider mixing in onions, cheese, or other add-ins that will give them some extra ummph! Ribs are a good choice, too. For side dishes, think about including some mashed or au gratin potatoes accompanied by a nice green salad.

Desserts should be equally as hearty as the entree! A great, big chocolate layer cake with ice cream is a good choice or perhaps his favorite fruit pie. You can even use the barbecue grill to make dessert. Warm thick pieces of pound cake on the grill and top them with grilled fruit slices like pineapple or banana. Top with caramel or chocolate sauce and plenty of whipped cream.

Remember, however, to include at least some of Dad’s favorites if they fit well with the menu. After all, Father’s Day is his special day and the meal should be tailored to his tastes.

Blue Cheese-Topped Steaks
(Makes 4 servings)

  • 4 strip steaks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. bleu cheese
  • 3 TBSP butter, softened
  • Parsley, for garnish

    Blend bleu cheese and butter and set aside. Grill steaks until they’ve almost reached the desired doneness. During last 2 minutes or so, top with the bleu cheese mixture and allow it to melt slightly. Remove from grill and top with parsley.

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