Father’s Day Barbecue Ideas

Father’s day is coming up and many women and kids are wondering just how to make the day special for the dad’s in their lives. Tacky ties and soap on a rope (anyone else remember soap on a rope?) aside, the best gift that we can give to the dad’s is a great day spent together doing things that they love – whatever that is! Golf, fishing, cycling, camping, movies… it doesn’t matter as long as you do it together.

Wondering what food to serve when you are all done playing? Guys typically like barbecue, and it is a good time of year to do just that! After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?

Here are a couple of recipes to try – the beauty of these is that it can all be prepared ahead of time and cooked on the barbeque together. Add your favourite salad, buns or garlic bread, and your meal will be complete.

Barbecue Beer Pork Ribs Recipe

Marinade Ingredients

  • ½ cup beer
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup beer (use whatever you like, but the darker the beer, the more flavor)
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4  tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste or ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard


Trim excess fat and remove membrane from ribs. Marinate ribs in ½ cup of the beer and 1 of the minced garlic cloves for anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. Pour off excess liquid before the next step.

Mix remaining ingredients for sauce (or, use your favourite barbecue sauce). Place the ribs in foil with ½ of the sauce. Place on the barbecue on low heat (if you have 2 burners, light one side and place ribs on the other) for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Remove ribs from foil and place on rack for 10 minutes at medium heat. Brush with remaining sauce and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes, turning once.

Barbecue Potatoes

  • 6 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion (sliced so you have rings)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp parsley


Cut potatoes into slices about ¼ inch thick or into 1 inch cubes. Mix other ingredients in a bowl. Add potatoes and stir until they are coated.

Coat a large piece of aluminum foil with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Place potatoes on foil and bake in the barbeque on low or medium heat for about 1 hour.

You can also add other root vegetables if you like (carrots, squash, beets).

Super Easy Baked Pineapple Beans Recipe

People often ask for my recipe when I serve these – don’t let the simplicity fool you! They are really good.

  • 2 cans of beans (just good old regular pork and beans or beans with molasses or tomato)
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits

Mix beans and pineapple in a barbecue safe cooking dish. Bake in the barbecue on low heat for about ½ hour, or until hot throughout, stirring occasionally.

Also, try a great grilled caesar salad!

Wishing you and the men in your lives a happy father’s day! Bon Appetite!


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