Few things will always be unequivocally a “dad thing” as mowing the lawn, knocking back a couple of beers on a Friday afternoon, and perhaps the most dad thing there is: holding a nice backyard BBQ on Father’s Day. Well, it’s time to show dad that you can also host a great BBQ where he can just kick back, relax, and eating a couple of hot dogs while letting you do all the heavy lifting.
The following tips will help you organize the best possible springtime BBQ from beginning to end, from getting all the right ingredients without breaking the bank to a couple of fun activities everyone can pass the time with while you’re firing up the grill. We’re not saying you’re going to surpass dear old dad as the undisputed champion of backyard burgers, but you’ll give him a run for his money after reading this list. Enjoy!
Fire up with the right fuel
For most people, firing up the grill is either charcoal or gas, and charcoal is nothing more than flammable black bits. Well, you might be surprised to know that the charcoal you use changes the flavor of what you’re cooking with, so you’ll want to get the pure, unadulterated stuff; lump wood charcoal is the best choice in that case. Want a protip? Add some wood chips to your charcoal for an extra kick. Woods such as cherry or apple will give your meats a little sweetness, while others like oak and hickory will give the food a stronger, smoky taste, especially fish and pork.
Get the hang of temperatures
OK, so now that your beautiful fire is up and burning, it is time to talk about temperatures. Different meats and other foods will cook differently under different temperatures, as you would expect because what you now have in front of you is essentially an antiquated oven. The following tip is a little hardcore, so if you’re not good with heat, do not attempt it. To check the temperature if you do not have a thermometer available is to hold your hand about 6 inches above the grill, and taking it away as soon as it gets uncomfortable (not painful).
- 5-6 seconds = low heat
- 3-4 seconds = medium heat
- 1-2 seconds = high heat
- It’s uncomfortable just to get it close = too hot for most foods
On the other hand, a nice new grill might be the perfect Father’s Day BBQ gift, think about it.
If you’re making burgers, go homemade
Yes, firing up the grill is synonymous with stuffing your face full of all the meats available in the house, and while that’s delicious, you shouldn’t leave our green friends out of the game. Some nice griddled vegetables are the perfect company in a plate full of tender, smoky ribs. The secret is to slice them thin and set in the grill without adding any seasoning first, so their natural flavors come out thanks to the fire, and they get covered in smoked goodness. Once they’re done, add a little olive oil and vinegar on top of them. Delicious!
Remember to eat your vegetables
Yes, firing up the grill is synonymous with stuffing your face full of all the meats available in the house, and while that’s absolutely delicious, you shouldn’t leave our green friends out of the game. Some nice griddled vegetables are the perfect company in a plate full of tender, smoky ribs. The secret is to slice them thin and set in the grill without adding any seasoning first, so their natural flavors come out thanks to the fire and they get covered in smoked goodness. Once they’re done, add a little olive oil and vinegar on top of them. Delicious!
Get sides that you can also prepare on the grill
Any grill master will tell you that tending to the main dish is very time consuming, so you’ll be doing yourself (and everyone else) favour by including some side dishes that can also be prepared on the grill, such as corn on the cob or some slices of thick bread or flatbread. If you just can’t do without some all-American potato salad, have someone else take care of that for you so that your full focus is on the meat.
These are just the most basic Father’s Day BBQ party ideas to help yours go along so smoothly that it’ll be nothing but laughs, loosened belts and a very well-deserved pat on the back from the master himself: Dad. Also, if you’re having guests over, you should definitely spruce the place up a little. Have a good one!