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Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means summer is also right around the corner. Warm nights with hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled vegetables and more are about to become the easy answer to ‘What’s for dinner?,’ but to create the ultimate summer meal, you need the right tools.
If the dad in your life loves to do his cooking outdoors on the grill, then we’ve got the gift guide for you. A happy dad with new barbecue tools means a delicious meal for everyone. It’s the win-win of Father’s Day gifts.
If you’ve ever tried to eat at Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue, you know that lawn chairs are a must (trust me on this one). Customers line up before the sun rises and wait for hours for the chance to eat at the renowned barbecue joint in the epicenter of BBQ in Texas. Franklin owner Aaron Franklin has compiled his best recipes in his cookbook memoir, a book that will not only inspire dad but probably make him really hungry, too.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto, $35 at Indigo.
Cook the entire meal on the barbecue including sides with the metal Non-Stick Mesh Roasting Pan that is PTFE and PFOA-free, perfect for roasting veggies and searing small foods like shrimp and chicken wings.
Non-Stick Mesh Roasting Pan, $26 at The Bay.
It’s a spatula, it’s a tong, it’s a grill scraper, and it’s a flashlight. It’s the multi-tool that dad needs to flip, grab, and clean, even when grilling late at night.
BBQ Croc 3-in-1 Barbecue Tool, $30 at Amazon.
Take dad’s barbecue game to the next level with the Dyna-Glo Glass Smoker, a gas smoker that quickly turns on with a push-button electric ignition. Designed with double doors that help to cut down on cooking temperature, the smoker has a 15,000 BTU burner and a wood chip box. With 784 square inches of cooking space, the Dyno-Glo can handle a meal for the whole family, plus leftovers. Who doesn’t love leftovers!
Dyna-Glo Glass Smoker, $290 at The Bay.
Keep dad’s pride and joy (a.k.a. his barbecue) looking brand new with the Caron and Doucet BBQ Grill Cleaner Spray Concentrate, which is made from 100 percent natural plant-based materials, ideal for cleaning something that you cook food on. The spray not only cleans the barbecue, but also doubles as a protective seal against moisture and oxidation damage.
Caron and Doucet BBQ Grill Cleaner Spray Concentrate, $17 at Amazon.
Keep dad safe, give him a place to hold his grilling gear, help protect his clothes, and add a touch of rustic flair to his barbecue uniform with a Charcoal Canvas Apron. The industrial-style apron is made of fire-resistant canvas cotton and comes in a matching pouch that makes it a great gift.
Charcoal Canvas Apron, $70 at Simons.
It doesn’t matter if your dad likes to keep his burgers classic with some salt and pepper or gets fancy with onions, cheese, and peppers. When it comes to forming the perfect patty, having a Burger Stuffer means that each burger will cook evenly every time. Perfect for making a ½ pound or ¾ pound stuffed burgers, the Burger Stuff is dishwasher safe, which means no cleaning up on Father’s Day.
Burger Stuffer, $18 at The Bay.
Whether your dad is trying to make healthier food choices or wants to cook a meal for the whole family (vegans included!), VBQ is full of meat-alternative barbecue recipes that are just as mouth-watering as the real deal.
VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook, $26 at Indigo.
For the dad who loves to grill and loves his country, the Grill Hog Cedar BBQ Scraper is made from Natural Western Red Cedar that has been sustainably harvested in Canada. The one inch thick board is a safe way to clean your grill, eliminating leftover metal bristles that could end up in your food.
Grill Hog Cedar BBQ Scraper, $20 from Amazon.
Dad may be the grillmaster, but even the pros need a little help. Take the guesswork out of barbecuing (and keep food raw food at bay) with the Digital Instant-Read Thermometer. Digitally displaying accurate temperature in seconds, the thermometer is stainless steel, can read temperatures between -40°C to 150°C, and is easily stored in a protective sleeve when not in use.
Digital Instant-Read Thermometer, $18 at The Bay.
Will a branding iron that has been personalized with your dad’s name make his food taste any better? Nope. Will it be super fun for your dad to use, especially on cold and rainy days when no one feels like standing outside in front of the barbecue? Definitely.
Personalized BBQ Branding Iron, $19 at Amazon.
We’ve included some essential and fun accessories to use when grilling, but the one thing that is a must-have for being a barbecue master is, well, a barbecue. If your dad needs a new ‘que for Father’s Day, we have the A. The answer is the Broil King Baron S440 Liquid Propane Gas Grill 922564 in Stainless Steel. It has 664 square inches of total cooking space, a porcelain coated warming rack, four stainless steel burners, an enclosed cabinet base and more.
Broil King, $800 at The Bay.