Father’s Day is on the horizon and since it is in June, what better way to celebrate the macho equivalent of Mother’s Day – minus the cards and flowers – than with something sizzling on a grill?
You know what that means.
Father’s Day is the perfect time of year to let your inner carnivore out to play. We’re talking the scent of searing, dripping in BBQ sauce, smoking and burning slabs of meat triggering the drooling signal of all red-blooded, red meat-eating males within a three block radius.
But how exactly do you pull off a Father’s Day BBQ of epic proportions without tipping off Dad and pissing off the neighbors not on the invite list?
Well, here are some tips to get you in tight with Dad and the local fire department.
FOLLOW THE KISS RULE
We are not talking about fire-breathing and blood-spitting demons here. We are talking about that age-old rule of thumb that dictates a good time of any significance is one that falls under the keep-it-simple-stupid (and short) category.
We know what you are thinking but you can still organize an epic event that registers on the Richter Scale if you keep it simple. In other words, don’t complicate the process.
CAREFULLY SELECT THE MENU
STOCK THE BAR
Assuming your guest list is fairly wide open with room to permit casual drop-ins and the odd party crasher from work, you need to be sure to have your liquids in order. We’re talking about a lot more than just booze, although BBQs and beer are a natural pairing. Be sure to cover all your bases with favorite beer brands, wine for later in the evening, water, soft drinks and even some sports drinks to keep the heavy eaters from dehydrating.
Three we like are:
Our Bluewave beverage dispenser is a major player in any situation that demands high volume liquid consumption.
Made of porcelain, this unit can hold 2.2+ gallons of whatever you need it to hold. Plus, for those special events with a few extra bodies milling about you can add an additional water bottle at the top giving you another two to five gallons of chilled beverage to serve. This should provide enough drinks to serve your whole football team!
While this dispenser doesn’t chill, it will keep your liquids cool for a period of time and has a plastic faucet value for quick serving.
Well, that’s sort of what it reminds us of. It holds 3 gallons of cold drinking material and has an extra large mouth for easy pouring and even easier cleaning. The dispenser has a faucet valve and 100mm cap and just to be a bit on the funky side there’s a built-in air plug. What that does is equalizes the air pressure on the inside of the bottle for easy flow of liquid pleasure. Sorry, maybe we should have warned you about the scientific spoiler there.
-And if the 3 Gallon is not enough, we also have the larger version - 5 Gallon Dispenser Bottle.
Same functions as our refrigerator bottle but comes in big boy volume. It comes with the standard dispensing faucet and air plug. It comes with a larger 120mm cap - so you can dump all the ice you want, into the bottle, to keep it cool all day.
With these three options, you got all your drinking needs covered!
Besides, if the smells don’t make your neighbors jealous, the right selection of music probably will. The basic playlist rules are to include as many of Dad’s favorite tunes as you can identify. Filling an hour with music that was popular during the year he was born is taboo. That’ll get you a burnt veggie burger and no bun for your efforts. Stick to his faves and fill out the rest with tunes that’ll make the backyard party hop, skip and jump. Avoid disco, rap and anything that resembles cover versions of big hits.
THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
If Dad is into sports, that makes it easy. Gloves, balls, a football, basketball and any other sporting gear that gets others involved will go quite nicely.
For those less sports-inclined you can always set up the yard for friendly games of horseshoes, bocce or lawn darts. Have some board games for the quieter ones sitting way over there? Chess, checkers and decks of cards will keep many entertained.
A FEW FINAL WORD
Have fun and remember, we like our steak medium-rare.