There are those of you who like to plan your Father's Day ahead of time, and others who tend to wait until the last minute to figure something out. There's no wrong away to go about it, just as long as whatever you do comes from the heart.
For example, my dad's a guy with simple tastes. He LOVES meat. Rather than picking up a new shirt or wristwatch this year for Father's Day, I began thinking up a few different experiences I could share with my father.
Here are some easy to execute activities I came up for my dad. Hopefully they inspire you to come up with some that fits yours!
Grab That 'Cue
My dad loves barbecue. Give him a well-smoked brisket, sweet fall-off-the-bone ribs, some cheddar jalapeño sausages, and he'll be a happy man. If your pops is the same, then find a good BBQ joint open on Father's Day and treat him to a little of everything.
We're talking brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, wings, sausages, and whatever sides your poppa's heart desires.
Now if it's anything like the Hog Heaven, that massive off-the-wall BBQ Birthday Cake, just make sure you bring a few extra family members to help you pick it apart. That thing's massive.
Steak Recipe Free-For-All
Some of my best memories with my dad are simply the two of us cooking together, grilling meat, and frying fish.
Not too long ago, the Foodbeast editorial team were sent different cuts from this company called Porter Road. Each person was tasked with creating a dish from a specific cut of meat: tri-tip, petite sirloin, shoulder tender, and flap.
As someone who looks for father figures wherever I go, it was interesting to see how my coworkers functioned in a kitchen setting and the dynamic between everyone when in full cooking mode.
Perhaps just running to the nearest Costco and picking up a few random cuts of meat, blasting some Carlos Santana on the stereo and just getting creative in the kitchen is something dad would enjoy.
Did Someone Say Hot Chicken?
Popular DTLA-based Howlin' Ray's is lauded for their Nashville Hot fried chicken. What they're also known for is that ridiculously long line that rounds the block. If your dad is someone who appreciates an immaculate piece of fried chicken, I recommend taking him here.
Sure, you're guaranteed a multi-hour wait for your meal but that simply gives you plenty of time to catch up with him while you inch closer to the storefront.
Now, if you're not based near Los Angeles, the same theory applies for any dope spot whose lines rival a sneaker drop. Just pick a restaurant, put on some comfy shoes, and get yourselves ready for some genuine conversation while you wait.
Let's Hit The Grill
Put together a few quick and easy recipes and have everything prepped and marinated ahead of time. Clean out the grill, smoker or stove and have everything preheated and ready to go.
Once your dad is up and about this Sunday, all you have to do is hand him a beer, a pair of tongs, and pull up a chair with him.
All he'll have to do is watch the flames, tend to the meat, and share an ice-cold brew with his kid.
Hope everyone has a safe and fun Father's Day Sunday!