The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hosting the Ultimate Father's Day Barbecue

Be the Grill Master

If you like to barbecue, why not let Dad take a break from the usual grilling? Impress him with your own cooking skills and treat him to a meal you made yourself. Grill an assortment of your dad’s favorite meats, which you can serve with hearty potato salad, cookies, and his other favorite treats. Today is his day to indulge, so don’t be afraid to veer away from greens and lean foods (unless those are his favorite things, of course)!

Now, to the meat. If you’re wondering what to slap on the grill this weekend, or you want to try something new, check out these tasty options:

Grilled Espresso Tri-Tip Roast

Add a kick of flavor to your tri-tip with ground coffee beans, sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, and chili powder.

Spicy Orange and Jalapeno Grilled Shrimp

Maybe Dad’s a seafood lover. Mix jalapeno peppers, sweet orange marmalade, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and garlic with shrimp to serve him his new favorite seafood dish.

Beer Can Chicken

After applying a simple spice rub, set the chicken over Dad’s favorite beer. The beer’s aroma seeps into the bird as it cooks—yummy and fun!

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

This Mexican-style dinner is sure to please your papa. Use garlicky aioli, cotija cheese, and lime wedges to complement fresh shrimp and corn tortillas.

Grilled Italian Sausage Po’Boy

Treat Dad to a Louisiana-style po’boy sandwich—surround a tasty Italian sausage with sliced tomatoes, red onions, and shredded lettuce on a bun.

Of course, if Dad wants to do the grilling himself, make sure he has everything he needs to be the grill master. A gift of a customized chef hat or apron will make for many smiles and heartwarming photos.

Snacks and Drinks

Your dad probably has a favorite beer or two. Pick out his favorite drinks and place them in a large bucket of ice so the grown-ups can easily grab them at their leisure. Fill a separate bucket with Dad’s Root Beer for the kiddos.

Complement your drinks with a selection of tasty snacks. Mixing specialty ketchup with horseradish makes an excellent dipping sauce for shrimp. You can also include an assortment of nuts, chips, and crackers in separate bowls for guests to snack on as they wait for their barbecue.

Decorate for Dad

Set a festive, casual mood with thoughtful decorations. Find a simple canvas drop-cloth (you can find one at your local hardware store) to place over your table. Put greenery on the table to enhance the summer vibe, and bring lanterns out at night to keep your barbecue going after the sun sets. Include handwritten notes and drawings near Dad’s seat so he can open them for all to see.

Celebrate with Friends and Family

Great company makes a party even more fun. Invite Dad’s closest family and friends to let him know he’s loved by so many. With delicious food, thoughtful décor, and wonderful guests, your Father’s Day barbecue bash is sure to be a hit.


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