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How to Throw a Father's Day Barbecue Including Menu Ideas and Recipes
Father's Day BBQ
Planning a Father's Day barbecue cookout? Here are some ideas for you including decorations, menu ideas, recipes and activities. Start with appetizers, then your main course and finish up with dessert.
A barbecue is a fun family gathering and a great way to celebrate dads. I know my family looks forward to doing this each year. Ready to get started?
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Father's Day Decorations
Being that it's a barbecue and it's being held outdoors, I would keep the decorations simple. Most dads aren't into fancy decorations. A plastic tablecloth for the table would do nicely. To keep clean up easy, I would recommend some matching paper plates, along with plastic utensils and paper or plastic cups for beverages.
Now, if your Dad has a personal favorite such as a sports team, musical group, hobby, etc., you could base your decorations around that. You can still keep things simple, but add something from this theme to act as your centerpiece.
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Father's Day Menu
Let's start with appetizers. You may or may not want to serve some. Being that it's a barbecue, appetizers might be nice, but are not a necessity. Should you want to serve them, some suggestions are:
Chips and dip.
Chips and salsa.
Barbecue shrimp skewers.
Garlic pizza bread. (See recipe below.)
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Here's a simple recipe for garlic bread pizza. You can pick your own toppings. My family's favorite is pepperoni and onions. Some stores carry meat especially for pizza. Look near where you find the lunch meat.
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
- One loaf of frozen garlic bread.
- One jar of pizza sauce.
- Pre-cooked meat such as a packet of pepperoni.
- 8 ounces of shredded mild cheddar cheese.
- Preheat oven per baking instructions on the garlic bread.
- Open bread up and place both pieces on a baking pan.
- Spread on pizza sauce.
- Sprinkle cheese evenly.
- Add your toppings.
- Bake according to directions on garlic bread bag.
- Slice into small pieces.
Father's Day Food
There should be some kind of salad for the barbecue. A simple green salad would work nicely. Other barbecue favorites include potato salad and cold slaw.
Don't forget the vegetables. You can barbecue corn on the cob or asparagus. You might even consider some vegetable skewers with some of dad's favorite vegetables.
Grilled potatoes would go perfectly, not to mention some barbecued beans. Check out some recipe suggestions below.
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Grilled Asparagus Recipe
One of my favorite vegetables is asparagus and one of my favorite seasonings is Mrs. Dash Original Flavor. Here is a very simple recipe for grilled asparagus using both of these items.
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- Oil, (preferably olive oil.)
- Mrs. Dash Original Blend seasoning
- Cut off ends of asparagus.
- Lightly coat with oil.
- Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash to taste.
- Mix together.
- I use a gas grill, so when I make this recipe, I put the asparagus on some foil paper on the grill.
- Cooked until desired softness.
- When done, eat as is or dip in Best Foods mayonnaise.
Grilled Baked Potato Recipes
Here are some mouthwatering recipes for barbecued potatoes. I've provided a description for each one to help you choose your favorite recipe.
Father's Day BBQ
It's time to talk about the main course, the meat! You can keep it basic with hot dogs or hamburgers. Now, when I make hamburgers I like to add some extra flavoring. You might try adding some Italian seasoning or perhaps some onion and garlic power. Just put the meat into a bowl, shake on the seasoning and mix it up before forming the patties.
Planning on steak? How about marinating it first. I happen to really like the variety of flavors that Grill Mates makes. One of my favorites is Montreal Steak Marinade.
Other meats to consider include:
Pork, (to make pulled pork sandwiches.)
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Easy Barbecue Chicken Recipe
- Chicken legs
- Jar of your favorite barbecue sauce
- Prepare grill
- Place chicken legs on it.
- Grill for 25 minutes with the cover down, turning occasionally so the chicken cooks evenly.
- Pour on barbecue sauce using a basting brush to spread it evenly.
- Grill for another 15 minutes. Chicken will be done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- (Don't put the barbecue sauce on any earlier as it can burn due to the sugar content.)
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Here is a selection of additional recipes for chicken you can grill.
How often do you barbecue during the summer?
Father's Day BBQ Ideas
If Dad has some favorite music and if possible, play that music during the barbecue. Now, depending on which meat you've chosen, you should have some condiments, If making hot dogs or hamburgers, have some ketchup, mustard, relish and chopped onions on hand. You might also have some cheese to turn those hamburgers into cheeseburgers and some chili to turn those hot dogs into chili dogs.
Grilling steak? Don't forget some steak sauce. A1 Bold is a family favorite in my house. Planning to grill fish? Tarter sauce would go nicely with this.
After the meal, most people wait for awhile to have dessert. This would be a great time for some fun activities. How about throwing a ball around or playing with a Frisbee? If you have a pool, take a dip. Is anyone up for a friendly game of Ring Toss or Horseshoes? Ping pong is also fun.
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Be sure that Dad doesn't have to do any clean up. Let the family do it for him. After all, this is his special day.
This is great family fun for up to 4 players. You can play it outside for father's Day, then later on indoors as well.
Ring Toss Game
This is a perfect barbecue game. The pegs are made of wood and the rings of sturdy plastic.
Ping Pong Table
Ping Pong is a great family game. Play outside during the summer, then move inside for fun during the winter. This set only takes 20 minutes to set up. Don't forget some paddles and balls.
I would suggest keeping dessert light. Some sliced watermelon would do the trick as well as a scoop of ice cream or ice cream cones. A jello parfait would work nicely as would sliced fresh strawberries mixed with Cool Whip.
If you have a lot of kids in attendance, get them some plain sugar cookies and toppings they can decorate with. Should you fancy the idea of a Jello parfait, I have some recipes for you.
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Jello Parfait Recipes
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