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Father’s Day Ideas for Memorable Meals

By: Lia Grabowski

Need Father’s Day ideas? Fire up the grill and celebrate with these dishes made for sharing. Whether you’re cooking side by side or preparing a surprise soirée, these recipes are built for making memories. If you’re celebrating Father’s Day from a distance this year, explore our curated collection of Father’s Day ideas and Southern-made staples for thoughtful gifting options.

Pork chops in a cast iron skillet, one of four Father's day ideas for meals

Beer Brined Pork Chops

Pick up a twelve-pack of dad’s favorite beer and save two for these beer-brined pork chops. Top with a tangy blackberry vinaigrette for an aromatic and light compliment to the smoky char of the pork shops.

Hot Luck Tri-Tip

For a low-and-slow approach to grilling, Paula Disbrowe, Texas grilling maven and author of two cookbooks on smoking techniques, has a perfect primer to get you started. Pick up tips for selecting the right wood, and check out her hot luck tri-tip to transform an inexpensive cut of meat into a showstopper dish with an Asian-inspired marinade. (Plus, it needs less than 30 minutes on the grill.)

Smoked Trout Dip being spread across a cracker, one of four Father's day ideas for meals
Image Courtesy of Andrew Cebulka

Smoked Trout Dip

A laid-back approach to snacking on the job: We recommend smoked trout dip on fancy saltines—because a little butter and Old Bay makes everything better.

Grilled Ribeye with Chimichurri

Another easy way to dress up a steak, chimichurri’s punchy blend of herbs and acid brightens ribeyes and other hearty cuts of meat. For extra garden-fresh flavor, serve alongside crusty bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Ribeye with Chimichurri on a blue and white plate, served with grilled bread tomato and basil, one of four Father's day ideas for meals
Image courtesy of Andrew Cebulka

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