If you’re having trouble thinking what gift Dad wants for Father’s Day, it’s because he doesn’t. Let’s get real. A heaping pile of food, fresh from the store and hot off the grill will have him happier than any tie or tchotchke.

Stick with the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through food,” and you’ll give him exactly what he wants.

Here are 20 recipes to make the ultimate Father’s Day backyard barbecue:

Bourbon Baked Beans

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

Garlicky Butter Chive Parmesan Pork Chops

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushrooms

Whiskey Bacon Brownies

Grill Cupcakes

Grilled Bratwurst Skewers

Sticky Thai Chicken Wings

Greek Mint and Lamb burgers with cucumber yogurt

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Braised Beef Ragu

Filet Mignon Street Tacos

Honey Sriracha Roasted Carrots

Spicy Southern Hot Corn

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

Blueberry Mojitos

Parmesan Chive Corn on the Cob

The Best Oven Fried Chicken

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese





Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.