Dad will simply glow — as will that big old barbecue you just gave him — if you amp up his grilling experience with the best books, tools, and tastiest slabs of beef around.
Keep That New Grill Looking, Well, New
You like to see your pop get a good workout — here’s to long life and all — but surely there are better things he can do for his health than spend time scrubbing a dirty grill grate. Give Dad back his cleaning time with a pack of Clean BBQ disposable grill liners. Pack of 20, $18. Available at Home Depot and some Wal-Mart stores. www.cleanbbq.com
Prime Reading. And Cooking.
Don’t let Pop go with the same ol’, same ol’ every time he steps up to the grill. Give him a whirlwind tour of outdoor cooking possibilities with any (or all — come on, it’s Dad!) of the following new cookbooks:
-- Raichlen on Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs (Workman, $13) by Steven Raichlen
-- The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining (Morrow Cookbooks, $25) by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
-- Dr. BBQ’s “Barbecue All Year Long!” Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18) by Ray Lampe
To Market? Nah.
Sure, you could buy some Father’s Day steaks at your local supermarket. Or, you could consider ordering your meat from one of these top-notch protein purveyors. (You’ll thank us in the end.)
-- Give your grill a Texas spin with a boneless rib eye or strip from LoneStarSteaks.com. Feeling really hungry? Round out the meal with a few of their tamales. (800) 239-9886, www.lonestarsteaks.com
-- The Lobels are, in our minds, the first family of meat. They’ve been selling USDA Prime beef for 20-plus years and have been butchers for five generations. (When Martha Stewart wants to talk grilling on her show, she calls them.) (877) 783-4512, www.lobels.com
-- Is Dad the kind of guy who likes to put a healthier spin on decadence? Then go organic. All the cows who contribute to the stock at 53 Organic Beef are raised free of growth hormones and antibiotics. (888) 469-0343, www.53organicbeef.com
-- You’ll find the name Niman Ranch mentioned on many of the finest restaurant menus in the country, but there’s no need to get all dressed up to eat their well-marbled steaks — you can have them delivered straight to your door. (866) 808-0340, www.nimanranch.com