Fire It Up: What to Grill for Dad This Father's Day

Host a cookout worthy of Dad’s special day
Fire It Up: What to Grill for Dad This Father's Day

Not sure what to grill for Dad this Father’s Day? We have a few ideas.

There’s nothing like the smell of juicy steaks or smoky barbecue-sauce-slathered ribs cooking away on an outdoor grill — and we’re pretty sure that Dad agrees. So why not treat him to a good old-fashioned cookout for Father’s Day?

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But what do you cook on such a special day? Hamburgers and hot dogs won’t cut it (unless you’re planning to grill up some Kobe beef burgers or top your hot dogs with shaved truffles), but you also don’t want to overdo it; it’s a cookout, after all. And the odds are good that your dad doesn’t want anything too fussy.

Try grilling up a few appetizers for everyone to nosh on while you’re cooking. We like starters like grilled shrimp skewers, smoky chicken wings, and fire-roasted salsa with tortilla chips. You can even serve cocktails garnished with grilled fruit. Then, throw some steaks or spice-rubbed chicken on the grill for an easy main dish, along with a few ears of corn for a simple side. If you have room for dessert, try grilling stone fruit like peaches, plums, or nectarines and then serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If your dad loves grilling and you want to surprise him with a Father’s Day barbecue, give these recipes a try. They’re special enough to be served on a holiday, but casual enough that everyone will be able to kick back and enjoy Dad’s company!

Barbecue Grilled Shrimp


These simple shrimp skewers are the perfect light and flavorful bite to start any cookout. You only need three ingredients for easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing kebabs.

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings


With chicken wings this smoky and delicious, you don’t even need sauce. Just season the wings well with salt and pepper and then leave them on the grill to get nice and crispy.


Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.