Treat Your Dad to a BBQ
Dad’s are notoriously hard to buy gifts for, aren’t they? Year after year you rack your brain to come up with some new, unique gift that will win him over, but you tend to fall back on good old standbys like a tie or maybe a fancy, new power tool. But, you know what dads really love? BBQ.
A big family BBQ is a the perfect way to let your dad know you care. Sure, you can still get him that tie or cordless drill, but when you accompany that gift with a classic BBQ dinner, you’ll really show him you care. There are a ton of great grilling options and what you decide to cook up should be based on what your dad loves. Is he always looking for excuses to cook up a steak? Does he order ribs every time you’re out at a restaurant? Or maybe your dad would rather have a few options to choose from like a rotisserie chicken and seared pork loin. Whatever his preference, make sure you have a number of sides to complement the main course.
Mastering the Grill
Before you dive into your BBQ’d feast, you’ll want to make sure you’ve mastered the art of grilling. You don’t have to cook a bunch of test run meals; just make sure you check the approximate grilling times for the meat or vegetable you’ve chosen. Nothing ruins a BBQ more than a meal that’s been burnt to a crisp. When the time’s right, slice into your meat with a sharp knife to make sure it’s done. And don’t make your dad work for his supper – be sure to have plenty of good knives on hand so he can make quick work of digging into his special meal!
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened. Let cool and use on all of your BBQ favourites!