Gather around the grill or fire pit for a fun Father’s Day feast, with this menu inspired by a few favorite Storey books.
Father’s Day celebrations call for cookouts! There’s something special about getting the whole family together outside at the beginning of the summer season, playing games in the yard while keeping a lazy eye on the grill. This recipe sampler includes dad-approved starters, mains, and dessert as well as a primer on the perfect afternoon whiskey drink, the highball. Want to make it a really special day? Surprise Dad with one of the books, too!
Smoked Beef Ribs
Dad will get a primal thrill from eating the tender from meat right off the bone in these smoked beef ribs from Jake Levin’s Smokehouse Handbook, done in an aboveground pit, hot-smoke drum smoker, or smokehouse.
A bed of salt diffuses the heat of the iron without overseasoning the shrimp in this recipe from Cooking with Fire.
Belgian Endive with Gruyère and Prosciutto
This relatively simple dish from The American Craft Beer Cookbook will impress your guests with its harder-than-it-looks presentation. For this recipe, a Belgian-style abbey tripel comes in handy and keeps a theme of national unity.
Grilled Flatbread with Hummus and Veggies
Crispy, colorful, and full of grilled charm, this flatbread from The Harvest Baker is a showpiece appetizer that will put regular old hummus and crackers to shame.
Dad have a serious grill addiction? Hook him up with a schwenker (a traditional hanging grill from southern Germany; see our video of how to build one here) and prepare the region’s favorite dish of marinated pork sirloin steaks. Grill and recipe are featured in Cooking with Fire.
Pale Ale Pineapple Brown Sugar Cupcakes
These sweet treats from The American Craft Beer Cookbook get an added boost from a pale ale that’s made with hop varieties that present mango and other tropical fruit flavors.
The Whiskey Highball
A highball is simply liquor, a mixer (juice, water, club soda, or a soft drink), and ice in a tall drink. Lew Bryson gives the whiskey higball roll call in this excerpt from Tasting Whiskey.