Father's Day Cookout Recipes

Celebrate Dad with our favorite summer recipes.

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May 21, 2019

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BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Be sure to pick up extra napkins at the store before serving our delicious, albeit messy, baby back barbecue ribs. The good news? The entire recipe is confined to a slow cooker so you won’t have to worry about any saucy splatters on the grill. As for your hands? That’s where the napkins come in, pals.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla

If you’re on the search for an especially addictive and indulgent Father’s Day appetizer, look no further. This delectable dish combines shredded barbecue pork, pepper jack cheese, chunky corn salsa and fresh spinach in a crispy flour tortilla for a quesadilla unlike any you’ve ever tasted before. Serve with fresh guacamole and chipotle ranch dipping sauce.

MAKE THIS: Barbecue Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

These spicy and addictive buffalo chicken wraps are guaranteed to bring the heat at your Father’s Day cookout. Add crispy buffalo chicken tenders to a classic flour tortilla, and top with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Be sure to add a generous drizzle of your favorite, creamy ranch dressing to each tortilla before wrapping.

MAKE THIS: Crowd-Pleasing Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Pub-Style Pretzels With Beer Cheese

You’d be hard-pressed to find a dad who wouldn’t enjoy a few pub-style soft pretzels. Top said freshly-baked pretzels with some homemade beer-gouda dip. This is what we call a foolproof Father’s Day treat.

MAKE THIS: Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce Recipe

Beer-Glazed Bratwursts

Save the hot dogs for a regular Sunday afternoon, friends. Father’s Day is an extra special occasion and, as such, calls for an extra special sausage. Serve juicy, beer-glazed bratwursts on a toasty baguette, and top with grainy honey mustard, sauerkraut, cheddar and fresh onions.

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Bacon + Cheddar Bombs

This indulgent bacon and cheddar bomb recipe will win over guests the instant they walk into your kitchen. Combine 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1 cup of shredded cheddar, 8 chopped crispy bacon slices, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and the zest of half a lemon. Form into bite-sized balls, and chill before rolling in a mixture of chives and chopped bacon.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Spicy, cheesy and indulgent — this buffalo chicken dip checks all the boxes for a Father’s Day soiree. Warning: This dip is so good you’ll probably go through one batch of it within the first hour of your Father’s Day get-together. Sidestep that situation and double the recipe. It’s always better to play it safe, right?

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Seafood Boil

Celebrate your dad with a summery seafood boil in the backyard. Shrimp, crawfish or crabs are all delicious options he’s sure to love. Pair with fresh corn, red potatoes and plenty of lemon, hot sauce and melted butter.

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Macho Meat + Cheese Tray

No need for fresh fruit on this Father’s Day tray. Skip the healthy bits and build a charcuterie board devoted to Dad’s favorite meats and cheeses. Crispy, thick-cut bacon and prosciutto and provolone roll-ups are guaranteed to bring a grin to his face.

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

We give this summer cookout staple a twist. The drool-worthy side dish features bowtie pasta and shredded chicken breast seasoned with ground ginger, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Fresh tomatoes, cilantro and chopped green onion are mixed into the dish to provide a healthy garden touch to the dish.

MAKE THIS: Amazing Asian Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Beer Margarita

This refreshing beverage brings Dad’s two go-to drinks together to create one incredible cocktail concoction. Our beer margarita recipe is perfect for a backyard barbecue because it’s super simple to make ahead of time in Mason jars and store on ice until guests arrive. Don’t forget to grab eco-friendly straws and a few fresh limes to create summery slice garnishes.

MAKE THIS: Cocktail to Go: Beer Margarita

Loaded Kettle Chips

Take store-bought potato chips out of the bag for this year’s backyard barbecue. Create an interactive chip station where guests can top chips with various seasonings, sauces and fresh cheeses. Our favorite flavor combination? Bleu cheese, hot sauce and crispy bacon bits.

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Coca-Cola Cupcake + Peanut Butter Icing

Cool off with an iced Coca-Cola and a cupcake to match. This salty-meets-sweet cupcake is infused with everyone’ favorite summer soda and topped with a decadent homemade peanut butter frosting. Polish off these pretty cupcakes with chocolate sprinkles, ground peanuts and a sprinkle of sea salt.

MAKE THIS: Coca-Cola Cupcake With Salted Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Rotisserie Chicken Trick

Hack alert! Fool friends and family at your Father’s Day gathering into thinking you are a pro in the kitchen by picking up a juicy rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Shred the meat, and serve on soft butter buns with your famous (read: favorite store-bought) barbecue sauce.

Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Give this summer table mainstay a fresh new taste with our light and delicious grilled watermelon recipe. Cut your melon into triangular slices and coat both sides with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Grill each side of the melon on high until grill marks appear, then remove and sprinkle with ground pepper. Dress slices with fresh basil leaves and creamy goat cheese crumbles, then drizzle with a tangy balsamic glaze.

Summer Fruit Skewers

Skewers are our secret weapon to sneak healthy options to our soiree buffet. Follow our lead, and add sliced strawberries, white grapes, blueberries, basil and blackberries onto wooden skewers for an easy-to-enjoy and healthy appetizer. Kick it up a notch with a sticky-sweet honey drizzle or homemade whipped cream, and serve them as a good-for-you dessert option that Dad will love.

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

These loaded nacho potato skins pack a flavorful punch that’s perfect for Father’s Day. The mouthwatering appetizer tops crispy potatoes with Applewood-smoked bacon, refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese, chipotle guacamole and fresh, chunky salsa. Add a dollop of sour cream on top, or serve with a cool ranch dipping sauce.

MAKE THIS: Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Round out your Father’s Day menu with a dreamy, creamy summer dessert. This peanut butter cookie ice cream makes the perfect bookend to a classic backyard barbecue spread. The delightful dessert combines the best flavors of summer with fresh vanilla bean ice cream and ooey-gooey peanut butter cookies.

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Perfect Potato Salad

Would a backyard barbecue be complete without a killer batch of potato salad? We think not, friends. Our potato salad recipe is a crowd-pleaser because it’s packed with all the classic fixings like fresh dill, pickles, red onion and hardboiled eggs. The mouthwatering mix complements grilled chicken, homemade burgers and pulled pork sandwiches alike.

MAKE THIS: Best Potato Salad

Zesty Ceviche Tortilla Strips

Spending the afternoon outdoors by the pool to celebrate Dad this year? Serve him poolside with our fresh ceviche shot appetizer. Combine pico de gallo with lime-marinated raw shrimp and finely-chopped cucumbers in shot glasses. Serve chilled and garnish with a few strips of crispy fried tortilla strips for a satisfying salty crunch.

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Grilled Mexican Corn

Make this Father’s Day extra festive with this flavorful Mexican grilled corn recipe. Generously season the corn with butter, spicy ancho chili powder, fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of salt before throwing it on the grill for about 25 minutes. Serve with extra ancho, lime juice and creamy Cotija cheese.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

No need to spend all afternoon sweating in the summer sun! Our delicious slow cooker barbecue chicken recipe offers all the flavor and tenderness of traditional barbecue chicken, without breaking a sweat in the process.

MAKE THIS: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Portable Ice Cream Sundaes

Keep the party going with easy-to-tote ice cream sundaes. Provide a base of creamy vanilla ice cream in a Mason jar, and provide a buffet of topping options for guests to customize to their liking. Our favorites for Father’s Day? Chocolate sauce, crumbled shortbread cookies, fresh whipped cream, blueberries and a rich, orange caramel sauce.

MAKE THIS: Crowd-Pleasing Portable Ice Cream Sundaes

Boozy Beer Cupcakes

What better occasion to serve beer cupcakes than Father’s Day, right? Our buzz-worthy recipe combines the distinct flavors of Blue Moon with sweet vanilla and orange zest to yield a treat that’s guaranteed to impress Dad and guests alike.

MAKE THIS: Beer Cupcake Recipe

Buffalo & Blue Tacos

All you need to recreate these tasty tacos for Dad? A rotisserie chicken, fresh cabbage slaw, bleu cheese crumbles and a buffalo sauce drizzle. Serve in traditional corn tortillas and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a side of homemade guacamole.

MAKE THIS: Rotisserie Chicken for Every Day of the Week

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