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Foolproof, delicious recipes for the perfect celebratory cookout
Here's what to grill on Father's Day.
When it comes to food, Father's Day is a whole different animal from Mother's Day. There are no outings to brunches and champagne here — Father's Day is all about firing up the grill, dusting off that patio table, popping open a few beers, and inviting a bunch of friends and family over to celebrate. Especially since, for many people, the holiday coincides with the start of summer, the kids finishing up school, neighbors planning block parties (OK, maybe not everyone has those anymore), and friends thinking about fishing trips and beach outings.
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And on Father's Day, it's perfectly acceptable to make Dad cook.
So what's new and exciting? How about some Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops that are mouthwateringly juicy and flavorful? Serve alongside executive editor Arthur Bovino's Grilled Potato, Onion, and Arugula Salad for a complete and delicious meal. Or, if you'd rather master the basics, don’t miss out on The Perfect Cheeseburger Recipe, one that you'll want to make again and again. These are just a few highlights, but to see what else is in store, be sure to check out the slideshow.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.
5 Father&rsquos Day Dinner Menus for the Grill
The way to Dad&rsquos heart is through his stomach&mdashand we&rsquove got a menu to suit his every craving. After incorporating Father&rsquos Day quotes into your cards and captions and giving Father&rsquos Day gifts, you&rsquore going to want to give dad&mdashor the father figure in your life&mdasha hearty meal to show how much you appreciate him.
He might want to handle the grilling himself, but that doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot plan out the Father&rsquos Day dinner menu: While he works the grill, you can prepare sides and mix his cocktail of choice. When the food&rsquos ready, you can all sit down together to enjoy a delicious meal&mdashand that&rsquos one of the Father&rsquos Day activities you can do even without violating social distancing guidelines.
Pick the menu he&rsquoll enjoy the most, gather ingredients, and plan your timeline. With a little forethought, this at-home Father&rsquos Day dinner will be just as good as anything you can get at a restaurant.
7 Restaurant Style Recipes for Father’s Day
Father’s Day is on its way, and if there’s one thing I know my dad loves, it’s when someone else cooks for him. He’s a master at the grill, but it’s nice to give him a little break every now and then. If you’re trying to impress Dad this year with your cooking skills, the best way to go is with these restaurant copycat recipes. You know they will be delicious, and they’re always crowd pleasers. learning how to make restaurant style steak isn’t that hard… and you don’t even need to use the grill.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably a novice at grilling. I have baking down to a science, and I can sautee like nobody’s business, but when I get in front of that grill, I’m a little out of my element. Lucky for us, there are so many great recipes out there to help us make the most out of this special day.
Fire up the grill and get to cooking!
1. Applebee’s Smothered Steak Skillet
This delicious Applebee’s copycat is a Father’s Day staple. Break out your skillets and get to cooking! This steak will have the whole table talking.
2. Cheesecake Factory’s Homemade Four Cheese Pasta
Any time I make this pasta for my family, I always go home with an empty casserole dish. It works for the Cheesecake Factory, and it works for me!
3. Olive Garden’s Shrimp Scampi
The only thing my dad loves more than steak is shrimp! This Olive Garden classic is a must have for your Father’s Day cookout.
4. Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits
No list of Father’s Day recipes would be complete without a little Red Lobster! The cheddar bay biscuits will have you coming back for seconds.
5. Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi Chicken and Steak with Veggies
Save time and money, and learn a little something about Japanese cuisine on the way with this homemade hibachi. It’s sure to wow!
6. Buca di Beppo’s Veal Saltimbocca
Feeling a little fancier this Father’s Day? Class it up with this authentic, Italian veal saltimbocca.
7. California Pizza Kitchen’s Butter Cake
CPK’s cake that’s even better than their pizza?! Yes, please.
Father's Day gift shopping may seem like a Herculean task because Dad just seems to have everything. You can go in his workshop and count tools, poke through a golf bag, or check out his wardrobe and electronics. If they make it, he&rsquos probably got one. But when it comes time to prepare the perfect Father's Day meal, that&rsquos much simpler. Dad&rsquos love the taste of choice cuts of beef, seafood, veggies, and even rotisserie chickens cooked on a gas grill.
If there&rsquos any truth to the saying, &ldquothe way to a man&rsquos heart is through his stomach,&rdquo ignite the family&rsquos PGS grill and consider these five outstanding grilling recipes. Make this Father&rsquos Day gathering memorable and delicious.
1. Keep Lobster Tails Simple On A PGS Grill
High-end and homestyle seafood restaurants too often try to get fancy with lobster dishes. It&rsquos either baked, stuffed, or served in conjunction with other items. The fact of the matter is that people who like lobster, simply like the texture and way it tastes. All the masking and sleight of hand are entirely unnecessary.
Preparing lobster tails on a PGS grill brings you back to the basics of what Dad likes. Consider gentle seasoning over a gas grill that accentuates the lobster&rsquos succulence. As they say, Keep It Simple Silly and consider these Lobster Tail recipe tips.
2. Perfect Pork Ribs Grilling Recipes
When crafting a Father's Day menu, it&rsquos important to know that a man&rsquos rib recipe is no small thing. Families pass grilling recipes down from generation to generation that detail the exact rub ingredients, sauce blends and precisely how ribs are to be perfected. If you are planning to venture into pork ribs this Father's Day, it&rsquos imperative you have an eye-opening recipe of your own. This Pork Rib recipe brings an excellent rub and BBQ sauce recipe together with precision tips on how to get the maximum benefit from your gas grill.
3. Rotisserie Tri-Tip For The Father Who Thinks He&rsquos Grilled Everything
The Tri-Tip cut of beef is the 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds located at the bottom of a sirloin. For ages, that portion was often ground into hamburger or chopped into tips because of its triangular shape. In the 1950s, West Coast butchers started promoting the &ldquoTri-Tip&rdquo roast, and it became a popular rotisserie option.
If you have a PGS grill with an infrared rotisserie, it could be a welcome menu experience this Father's Day. Gas grill rotisseries are commonly used for specialty items such as pineapples, kabobs, and whole chickens, among others. This could be a mouth-watering surprise for the Dad who thought he&rsquod grilled everything. Check out this easy-to-make Tri-Tip recipe.
4. Tomahawk Steaks Fit For A Father
The well-seasoned, perfectly seared Tomahawk Steak can be as impressive to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Just one look through your local butcher&rsquos display case and you will be in awe. These 30- to 45-pound select ribeye cuts are impressive and perhaps a tad intimidating. You&rsquore a long way from burgers and hot dogs when you go all-in with this Father&rsquos Day challenge.
But going big league doesn&rsquot need to be scary. With the right ingredients for a Tomahawk Steak rub and expert tips on how to deftly use your gas grill, you can pull off a huge Father's Day win. This Tomahawk Steak recipe requires a wide variety of ingredients, but it can patiently walk you through the process.
5. Boast A Prime Rib Roast
Some home chefs think a prime rib roast might be just beyond their culinary skills. Nothing could be further from the truth. A 15- to 20-pound prime rib roast requires only about a half-dozen ingredients for seasoning and some simple grilling tips. It is remarkably simple to prepare this entrée on a gas grill and serve al fresco with complementary side dishes. Consider this Prime Rib grilling recipe for Father's Day.
For the father who has every conceivable tie, sweater and electronic device imaginable, a sit-down meal prepared on your family&rsquos gas grill couldn&rsquot be more perfect. Material items come and go but eating together creates lasting memories.
10 Father's Day BBQ Recipes
Since the weather is warmer and the days are longer, why not celebrate Dad's special day outdoors with a fun-for-the-whole-family BBQ? We collected our 10 juiciest, most mouthwatering grilled recipes that are manly enough for any father. From the Classic All-American Bacon Cheeseburger to finger-lickin'-good Baby Back Ribs with Texas Blackjack Sauce, these dishes are sure to put a smile on any papa bear's face.
Father's Day BBQ Recipes
Juicy nectarine flavor is the perfect complement to barbecue sauce-slathered chops. And there's plenty of citrus tang in the coleslaw accompaniment.
Dad won't wonder, "Where's the beef?" when he tastes these delectable pork patties, which offer the goodness of Southern barbecue without the mess.
Skip the drive-thru when you're craving a big, juicy burger&mdashthis recipe only takes 30 minutes and is far more flavorful, with a Worcestershire-spiked patty and tangy dipping sauce made of mayo, chili sauce and relish.
If it rains on your outdoor Father's Day plans, turn to an indoor grill pan to make this kicky dish come alive, with Italian sausage and veggies tossed in a caper-enhanced vinaigrette and served on top of ready-made polenta.
5. Outback Special
The secret to this 15-minute steak is in the rub: A mix of Old Bay seasoning, light-brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and ground cumin give these slabs their signature kick.
When it comes to steak, why mess with tradition? This classic dish is as delicious as it gets, with grilled boneless rib-eye, pungent crumbled blue cheese and shoestring french fries.
This one takes some prep work, 12 hours of overnight brining and at least an hour-and-a-half of grilling, to be exact, but the end result makes it worth the wait. Luckily, you can make the rub up to a week in advance.
This simple and scrumptious trio has everything you'd want to eat on a summer afternoon: barbecue chicken, grilled corn on the cob and broccoli slaw tossed with light mayo, sour cream, cider vinegar and sugar.
This is the ribs recipe to end all ribs recipes. So make sure you enjoy it because he will ask for it again. and again.
10. Barbecue Spareribs
Orange peel, ketchup and chili sauce combine to give this grilled favorite a sweet and slightly spicy taste.
Cheddar and Jalapeño Cornbread
Some appetizers bring everyone to the table—Cheddar and Jalapeño Cornbread is one of them. This is a great Father’s Day recipe for dad to make with younger kids, who can help him mix the ingredients together while he sautés the jalapeños. Set up your grill for two-zone heating, and maybe take the time to talk about the benefits of this technique with your dad if he’s been known to serve up hockey puck burgers. Pour this easy appetizer into a cast iron pan, set it on the grill, and you’ve got a delicious dish in 25 mins.
This is also an excellent side dish that could be served with any of the sandwich or dinner recipes listed below. For breezy cleanup, serve this dish on a paper towel while still warm.
Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs
Another easy appetizer that kids can help create—tangy deviled eggs are a guaranteed hit. With a cook time under 10 minutes and a filling featuring one of my favorite BBQ sauces, make sure you prepare more of these than you think you’ll need—they’ll be devoured in minutes. These savory deviled eggs are a perfect finger food. Keep some handy on a paper towel and munch on them while you and dad prepare dinner.
Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
6. Grilled Chicken Avocado Caesar Salad
When you suggest salad for dinner you might find a lot of turned noses. Salads often get a bad rap but that’s mostly due to lack of good flavors or textures. When you make this grilled chicken avocado salad assure Dad and the family this is like no other salad they’ve had before.
The secret to making a great salad is all in the toppings. This recipe uses grilled chicken for protein and to add substance. Afterall, lettuce and dressing are boring! Next, you’ll want to add crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes and creamy avocado. The best part about this recipe is its homemade caesar dressing that makes this whole salad a mouthwatering meal.
7 Vegan BBQ Recipes for Father’s Day
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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and everyone’s excitedly looking forward to this meaningful day. This is when everyone can celebrate their fathers, people who have been a father to them, or even them being a father. What better way to show our appreciation to our cool and awesome fathers on their special day than hosting a fun BBQ day with their family and friends? Smoking grills in a backyard cookout will surely get everyone pumped up for this special day. But, knowing that we’re vegans here, I know you’re all wondering, how could BBQ day succeed without meat? Well, that’s why Vegan Chickpea is here. Instead of the usual meat recipes for backyard cookouts, here are seven Vegan BBQ Recipes for Father’s Day that will certainly let them know how much we appreciate them for always having our backs.
1. Sweet Teriyaki Veggie Kabobs
Patience is a virtue that all parents need when raising their kids, and it usually bears good results. These veggie kabobs are no exception to that. The tempeh in this kabob takes at least eight hours to marinate, but the end result is tempeh that is amazingly rich in flavor. Also, this recipe proves that the grill is not only for steaks and burgers because even your favorite veggies will taste even more delicious with that smoky taste we all love in a good BBQ. Also, the mango teriyaki sauce where the tempeh is marinated in can also be used to brush your skewers off while grilling, which really adds to the freshness of this dish. Check out the complete recipe here.
2. Vegan Tofu Satay Skewers
While we’re on the subject of kabobs, this one’s a definite hit in this category. Perfect as a chicken counterpart, this vegan tofu satay skewer recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite. Packed with flavor from the marinade that you can prepare with just five simple ingredients, and it also comes with a peanut dipping sauce that is absolutely delicious. Healthy, gluten-free and a sure hit at parties. You may check the recipe here.
3. Vegan SausagePhoto Source: thehiddenveggies
Our dads are probably the most hardworking people we know. And we think that the most perfect way to show our appreciation to them is to make them something from scratch that they won’t just enjoy but is healthy for them too. This vegan sausage will surely be appreciated by the dads in your lives. With this recipe, you can make different types of sausages – either Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, or beer brats – that taste amazing when grilled. This homemade sausage recipe is the ideal pair for men’s drinks. And if nothing says Father’s Day than BBQ and beer then I don’t know what will. Recreate this recipe here.
4. Shiitake Mushroom Steaks
A perfectly marinated and grilled steak is what makes a perfect BBQ day. We all know that our dads are looking forward to one that’s why we’ll give them this healthier alternative on Father’s day. This homemade mushroom steak is the ultimate recipe for every cookout. It has all the “meat” they’ll need. Check out the recipe here.
5. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Simple yet really addicting to snack on. This easy to prepare recipe is what you should consider if you’re planning to spend a relaxing cookout with your father. It can also serve as a great side dish or appetizer while waiting for the main meal to finish grilling. The best thing about this is that you can enjoy this as is or you can add a little more spice and flavor to it by dipping it in barbecue sauce or any sauce that you prefer. Recipe here.
6. Vegan Chorizo Hot DogsPhoto Source: rhiansrecipes
You can never have a real BBQ cookout without hotdogs, they say? Well, then we give hotdogs to you. This Vegan Chorizo Hot Dog recipe, made from kidney beans, will surely get your dad excited. Full of flavor and really healthy, this super easy to prepare recipe is an absolute treat for sudden cookouts and outdoor gatherings. Slather it with vegan mayonnaise and we’re sure you won’t just make this recipe during special occasions. Check it out here.
7. BBQ Pulled Porcini TacosPhoto Source: spabettie
Made with dried mushrooms, which gives this recipe that chewy texture, these porcini tacos will easily be a party favorite. The distinct flavor of BBQ sauce on top of the crunch of fresh veggies and that extra kick of jalapeno will give us the perfect blend of flavor and texture that we all love. Visit this site for the recipe.
Easy Father's Day Recipes + Cocktails
From healthy options to sweet treats, try our easy recipes and cocktails that any dad will love.
Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
Start Father's Day off right by serving Dad breakfast in bed. This Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast gets its flavor from jalapeños, beans and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Loaded Kettle Chips Bar
Give your favorite guy the gift of endless options this Father&rsquos Day. Start dad&rsquos celebration cookout with a fully-loaded kettle chip bar. Load a large serving vessel with classic kettle chips, and stock the station table with mouthwatering toppings like homemade barbecue seasoning, Sriracha and fresh blue cheese crumbles.
Cajun-Bacon-Ranch Mini Burgers
Around here, we consider these miniature burgers a Father&rsquos Day menu mainstay. This drool-worthy cheeseburger recipe pulls out all the stops for Dad with crisp-cooked bacon, homemade Cajun seasoning and a creamy, ranch dressing drizzle. Pair the baby burgers with an ice-cold brew for maximum enjoyment.
Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Our crispy fried chicken and golden-baked waffle sliders will start Dad's day off with a satisfying mix of sweet-and-savory flavors that will keep him stuffed and happy well into the afternoon.
Grilled Mexican Corn
Spice-up Dad&rsquos side dish this year with our crowd-pleasing grilled Mexican corn recipe. Coat the ears of corn in authentic flavor using butter, ancho chili powder, fresh lime juice and creamy Cotija crumbles. Serve with classic carne asada tacos and a pitcher of refreshing watermelon margaritas.
Vegan Burrito Bowl
Father&rsquos Day fiesta, anyone? Celebrate Dad with a festive and flavorful dinner party with a build-your-own burrito bowl station. Offer guests a base of black beans, brown rice and tofu (or grilled chicken and steak for non-vegetarian dads), and provide fresh toppings like homemade pico de gallo, avocado slices and wood-fired corn salsa.
Pop's Popcorn Bar
Give Pops the popcorn bar of his dreams. Recreate our setup and serve popcorn as an appetizer for your outdoor Father&rsquos Day dinner. Serve with specialized toppings like garlic salt, Cajun or lemon pepper seasoning. Encourage guests to indulge in a sweet-and-salty mix with a curated candy topping section, too. Color-coated chocolate candies are guaranteed to please.
Southern Shrimp + Grits Bites
Invite Dad to sit back and enjoy the summer heat with a stout cocktail and healthy helping of our bite-sized Southern shrimp and grits. The party-ready recipe calls for a muffin tin to create perfect, pre-portioned bites ideal for small family gatherings and crowded cookouts, alike. Trust us, Dad will rave about the killer combination of creamy cheddar grits, grilled jumbo shrimp and crispy bacon tomato salsa for days.
Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Satisfy Dad&rsquos sweet tooth with our easy air-fryer churro recipe. Make a batch of our go-to homemade churro batter, and pipe onto a baking sheet in 3-inch lengths. Stick in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until the batter is firm. Throw the firm batter into your air-fryer for 5-7 minutes, and remove once golden brown and fragrant. Coat with butter, then roll in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Make your dad feel as if he's hanging out at his favorite pub. Serve these delicious, salty pretzels with beer cheese sauce and his beer of choice.
A Shot of French Fries
Shots that won&rsquot lead to a debilitating hangover? Yes, please. Serve our salty, French fry shots as an easy-to-tote appetizer at your Father&rsquos Day cookout. Fill shot glasses with hot sauce-spiked ketchup or grated garlic horseradish, and serve crispy fries on top.
Fried pickles for Father&rsquos Day? That&rsquos a no brainer, friends. Serve Dad a healthy alternative to traditional, deep-fried pickles with our air-fryer recipe. Coat thick-cut dill pickle chips in beaten eggs and panko bread crumbs, then toss in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Don&rsquot forget to whip up his favorite homemade ranch dressing for a creamy and cooling dipping sauce.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Nothing shows Dad your love and appreciation like a fully-loaded, peanut butter chocolate chip cookie cake. This dreamy dessert proves more is more with a fluffy chocolate-peanut butter chip cookie base piled with marshmallows, peanut butter cups and a sticky, caramel drizzle. Slice it up and serve warm with a classic, vanilla bean ice cream.