There’s something about men and meat.
And men cooking meat. They LOVE it.
It seems like no matter what back end fine details have gone on in the kitchen while preparing a meal, when Dad takes the perfectly cooked hunk of meat off the barbecue, he is the hero of dinner.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18. Unlike Mother’s Day, when Dad and the kids do all they can to make sure Mom stays out of the kitchen, on Father’s Day, give Dad the grill… It’s his day to show off his talents, and be the BBQ hero.
It certainly helps that Father’s Day falls in the perfect pre-Summer season of beautiful weather with warm evenings, perfect for outdoor cooking and dining.
In honour of Dad and his expert grilling skills, we’ve come up with some tips to keep him ranked as The BBQ Hero.
- Invest in some great BBQ tools for Dad. He’ll need some heavy duty tongs, a flipper, a BBQ fork, and a grill scraper. Some sets out there are pretty flimsy – get him a good set. Hint: This would be a great Father’s Day gift for Dad.
- Protect Dad with some fine grilling gear. A heavy duty apron, and some oven mitts that cover his forearms will keep him safe, so he can BBQ for years to come. Plus it will help him look the part of The BBQ Hero. Hint: Also, a great gift for Dad.
- Make sure Dad preps the grill before he gets cooking. An oiled clean cloth to lightly coat the grill will ensure nothing sticks – not too much oil though, or he could cause flames.
- Keep Dad hydrated. You know what his favourite drink is. Keep him happily hydrated, and he will keep you fed.
- Mix him up some home-made BBQ sauce for his pit creations. Try our Zippy BBQ Sauce recipe below:
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 2 TBSP molasses
- 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1 TBSP white wine vinegar
- 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- ½ TSP Kosher salt
- ¼ TSP hot sauce
- ¼ TSP garlic powder
- ¼ TSP ground black pepper
- Whisk the ketchup, water, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, granulated garlic, and black pepper together in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking at a simmer, stirring together, another 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and store uncovered in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to blend and reduce any sharpness from the vinegar.
Hint: This TOO would be a great gift for DAD!
However you decide to celebrate your Dad this Father’s Day, hopefully you are lucky enough to spend time with him, and other important people.
Dad’s everywhere, manjya salutes you!