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June 14, 2023 | Cooking

4 Classic Father’s Day BBQ Ideas

Ribs stacked on a wood plate - one of four classic Father's Day BBQ ideas

Father’s Day is the perfect day for having a BBQ. Fire up your outdoor grill and grill up something delicious. From chicken and ribs to corn and bacon-wrapped hot dogs, find what the dad in your life will love with these classic Father’s Day BBQ ideas.  

Looking for classic Father’s Day BBQ ideas? Spending time outdoors with the dads in your life is a great way to show your appreciation for all they do while welcoming the summer, too. Since dads love manning the grill on their quest to create delicious food for their friends and family, let them. Check out some new recipes, get them prepped, and let Dad take over. Why deny him the opportunity to #COOKLIKEAGOD on his special day? 

Not sure where to get started? Let’s talk about the Father’s Day BBQ ideas you won’t want to miss. 

Classic Father’s Day BBQ Ideas

Are you struggling to plan a memorable Father’s Day? You’re aiming to honor your dad’s fondness for traditional BBQ, but you’re coming up short on timeless BBQ ideas.

The pressure of curating the perfect menu and activities can be overwhelming, leaving you concerned about yet another average Father’s Day.

Take a look below to discover four classic Father’s Day BBQ ideas sure to please the dads in your life!

1. Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a staple at any cookout. If you’d like to keep this classic, you can always jazz it up and take it to the next level – with bacon. After all, bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? 

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are easy to make and delightful to the taste buds. Score the hot dogs so they don’t burst open while cooking and then wrap the raw bacon around the dog in a spiral manner. It is ok if you overlap. Toothpicks on each end will keep the bacon in place as it cooks – then remove them. 

Be sure to make extra – they are likely to go fast!

2. Beer Can Chicken 

Dads love an ice-cold beer. That means that they are likely to get stoked about having some beer can chicken on their special day. He will have to drink a bit of the beer, then place the beer, standing up, into the chicken cavity. Balance the seasoned bird on the grill and let it cook. 

This recipe is easy, fun, and results in juicy chicken. Anything with beer is going to be perfect for a BBQ. 

3. Grilled BBQ Ribs

Ribs are delicious – but even more so when the meat just falls off the bone. From oven to grill, these baby back ribs are easily going to be a crowd favorite. The secret? Baking them first in a broiler pan with water on the bottom so that they remain moist while they cook. 

Just don’t forget the napkins!

4. Cheese-Stuffed Burger

Imagine biting into a burger only to have the cheese inside come pouring out. Known as the Juicy Lucy, this cheese-stuffed burger is to die for. It is perfectly seasoned and stuffed with American cheese (or any cheese you like) and then grilled to perfection. 

If you’re feeling a little wild, why not add a different type of cheese on top, too? A burger can never have too much cheese – and Dad will likely agree. 

Note: Due to the hot melted cheese inside, take your first bite with caution. You may want to wait a few minutes after it comes off the grill before digging in. 

Let’s Talk Sides For Your Father’s Day BBQ

Your Father’s Day BBQ won’t be complete without some sides that are just as delicious as the main course. A few twists on some classics that you may want to consider are: 

FAQs About BBQs

Fathers are special. So getting it right when it comes to grilling out on Father’s Day is so important. Below are the answers to a few common questions. 

What to barbecue for Father’s Day?

For Father’s Day, consider barbecuing a nice cut of meat like a juicy steak or a rack of tender ribs. If your dad is a fan of seafood, grilled salmon or shrimp skewers could be a hit. For something different, try barbecued pizzas or grilled vegetables as a healthy option.

What can I serve at BBQ besides hamburgers?

Besides hamburgers, you can serve BBQ chicken, sausages, skewers of mixed veggies, or fish. Also, consider regional BBQ specialties like Texas-style brisket, Carolina pulled pork, or Memphis ribs. Grilled corn, stuffed peppers, and foil-pack potatoes are delightful BBQ alternatives as well.

What is the most popular BBQ food in America?

The most popular BBQ food in America is arguably the hamburger, closely followed by hot dogs. Other favorites include ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and BBQ chicken. Regional differences mean the popularity of these items can vary greatly, but these options are universally enjoyed.

What are the most popular BBQ sides?

Popular BBQ sides include coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, potato salad, and grilled corn on the cob. Other favorites are macaroni and cheese, watermelon slices, grilled vegetables, and macaroni salad. These sides perfectly complement the main BBQ dishes and are crowd-pleasers.

Grill Like A Pro with the Power of THOR Kitchen

In order to have an incredible BBQ, you absolutely must have the right grill. At THOR Kitchen, we offer a 32-inch, 4-burner gas BBQ grill with an included rotisserie.

But, why stop at a grill?

With an outdoor kitchen suite, you will have everything you need to create a magnificent meal without ever having to step foot into your kitchen. 

Learn about THOR Kitchen grills – and more. When you are ready, you can purchase online or find a local dealer for grills near you. 

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It can be tough to know just what to do to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day. However, once you have an outdoor BBQ grill, your options are plentiful. There are so many different dishes you can cook based on what the dad in your life enjoys. Will it be moist, delicious baby back ribs? Will it be a burger stuffed with cheese? Bacon-wrapped hot dogs? The possibilities are endless. 

If you don’t have a grill already, your time is running out. Father’s Day is right around the corner. Find your THOR Kitchen gas grill today!