Father’s Day Barbecue

41 BBQ and Grilling Recipes To Celebrate Dad


Summer is finally here time to fire up the grill and whip up a dream barbecue for Dad.

All 37 Recipes are Dad tested and guaranteed to be delicious and easy.  So everyone can get outside and enjoy the party.

Here at our house we usually start our Father’s Day with a leisurely brunch by the pool or a mid-morning boat ride and then ease into an early backyard barbeque.

Mix and match from the recipes below to create the perfect father’s day barbecue that will make Dad’s day!

Happy Father’s Day!




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Celebrate Dad with a Father’s Day Barbecue

Father’s Day Barbecue Appetizers

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Featured Image:  Crudités Plate with 3 Dipping Sauces – Pesto, Tzatziki, and Roasted Beet Dip
Homemade Pesto
Roasted Beet Dip

This is another budget-friendly platter that can be made with fresh vegetables from the supermarket.

  • Quartered Baby Cucumbers
  • Pepper Slices (Use a combination of red, yellow and green peppers)
  • Carrot Sticks (or look for multi-colored Rainbow carrots. Carrots are readily available in five main colors in the stores these days: orange, red, purple, white, and yellow.
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Rainbow Radishes
Gambas Al Ajillo | Classic Spanish Tapas | Garlic Shrimp
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Spanish Garlic Prawns (Gambas Al Ajillo) with Crusty Bread

This classic Spanish tapa is super easy to make and is the perfect appetizer or starter for your Father’s Day barbecue.  The garlicky goodness is pure heaven.  Make sure you have lots of crusty bread to soak up every last drop of this dreamy garlic sauce.

Blackberry Bourbon Grilled Chicken Skewers
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Spicy Blackberry and Bourbon Chicken Skewers

Simple and easy this is the perfect starter for a backyard barbecue to celebrate Dad.  Grilled chicken skewers are so easy to make and easy to eat (leaving a hand free for Dad’s cocktail).  The spicy bourbon and blackberry barbecue sauce take these tender pieces of chicken to the next level of goodness.  This may just become your favorite barbecue sauce.

Learn how to make an Italian Charcuterie Platter
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Charcuterie Platter with fresh fruit and assorted cheese and crackers 

I know charcuterie is soooo last year, but it remains a favorite around our house.  I love searching for the perfect ingredients to put on my board, trying new cheeses and other little tidbits.

And everyone loves having something to nibble on while enjoying a cocktail and waiting for dinner to be served.

Learn how to make an Italian Charcuterie Platter
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Make a Creative Crudités Platter

These are definitely not your mama’s old crudités platters or the dreadful grocery store vegetable tray of wilted carrots, celery, and ranch dressing. 

These creative crudités platters are beautiful and are filled with amazing flavors and textures that will wow any crowd.

Perfect for appetizers, nibbles before a meal or BBQ, and awesome for potlucks and block parties.

Without meat, these are a great vegan and vegetarian-friendly appetizer that everyone will love.

Learn how to make an Italian Charcuterie Platter
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Easy Grilled Chicken Wings

Everyone loves chicken wings and these are made super easy with a super-secret hack – the slow cooker.

It can be hard to get wings cooked perfectly on the grill.  Cooking the chicken wings in the slow cooker before grilling makes these wings super tender, perfectly cooked, and ready for your favorite chicken wing sauce.

Try them with one or all of these sauces.  yum!

Anchor Bar Buffalo Sauce (the original)

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glaze

Tropical Coco Loco

Honey BBQ

Chili Sesame Soy Sauce

Homemade hummus with veggies tray
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Homemade Hummus and Veggies Tray

This Homemade Hummus with veggie is so easy to make and super delicious you’ll wonder why you ever buy packaged hummus.

This is a terrific starter for any party or backyard barbecue.

Plus this recipe is easy to customize.

Homemade hummus with veggies tray
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Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Filled with tons of lump crab meat and served hot this is so good.  This is by far the number one dish people request for potlucks, birthdays, and any special celebration.

Serve with a selection of crackers, crusty bread, and vegetables.  

It’s also really good served with tortillas chips.

Father’s Day Barbecue Salads

heirloom cherry tomato salad
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panzanella salad
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Goat Cheese and Walnut Panzanella Salad

Goat Cheese and Walnut Panzanella Salad with a light honey mustard vinaigrette is the perfect starter salad to serve for a Father’s Day barbeque.

Panzanella is just a fancy name for a salad that includes bread as one of the main ingredients.  It’s very popular for summer filled with tomatoes and bread.     

Once you learn to make this delicious bread salad you’ll find all sorts of ways to customize this salad.

Arugula Salad with Nectarines and Gorgonzola
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Healthy Arugula Salad with Grilled Nectarines

I love to pair fruit with cheese in salads.  I really love grilling my fruit before adding to the salad, it just brings out an earthy sweetness that I can’t resist.  Try this super delicious, low calorie, and healthy arugula salad with grilled nectarines – it’s sure to be a hit at your next cookout.

Grilling the nectarines brings out the full flavor of the fruit. The sweet, tartness of the nectarines paired with gorgonzola is the perfect complement to the bite of arugula.

Greek watermelon feta cheese salad with mint
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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Refreshing, light, and delicious. This super easy watermelon and feta cheese salad recipe is sure to be a big hit.

Strawberry Salad Cup
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Simple Strawberry Summer Salad

Strawberries and salad greens come together in this beautiful simple strawberry summer salad. The salad looks special and fancy but is really easy to make, your guests will be impressed.

No time for the fancy presentation.  No worries, just toss everything together.  It will be just as delicious and still look amazing.

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Father’s Day Barbecue Sides

Mexican street corn
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Featured RecipeGrilled Mexican Street Corn.
Baked potato salad
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Grilled Loaded Baked Potato Salad

For a different twist on the same old potato salad try this Loaded Baked Potato Salad recipe.

You can really taste the potatoes without all the yucky mayonnaise.

This is a lower-calorie version using fresh ingredients and baked potatoes.

Italian veggie rosette torte
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Rosette Italian Vegetable Tart

Yeah, I know this looks super fancy.  But the Rosette Italian Vegetable Tart is easy to make and absolutely delicious, plus it’s beautiful. Guests will rave about this veggie tart.

Twice baked Potato Casserole
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Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Everything you love about twice baked potatoes but without all the fuss.  This is so easy and is sure to become a go-to recipe.

Easy Grilled Corn-on-the-cob recipe
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Grilled Corn Topping Station

Summer is corn season. Corn at its peak is so sweet and delicious that it really doesn’t need any topping but these 10 amazing toppings are perfect for creating a “do it yourself” corn on the cob topping station.

grilled-zucchini and squash
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Grilled Zucchini, Squash and Asparagus Recipe

Grilled veggies are delicious, nutritious and super easy. Try this Grilled Zucchini, Squash and Asparagus recipe for a quick side dish for your next BBQ.

My family loves grilled zucchini and squash.  They let me add asparagus since it’s one of my favorite vegetables.

You can experiment with different veggie combinations, just remember to cut your veggies to about the same thickness, so they cook evenly.

Father’s Day Barbecue Main Course

Jamaican Jerk Pork
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Sausage and peppers
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Philly Style Grilled Sausage and Peppers Recipe

My Philly husband loves sausage and peppers. I’ve adapted the traditional recipe so that it can be the centerpiece of our backyard barbecues.

The peppers and onions steam perfectly in foil packs and grilling the sausage brings out the smoky flavor of the hot Italian sausage.

We have the perfect sausage and peppers, now if I could just get Cacia’s or Sarcone’s rolls in Florida…

Grilled lobster mac and cheese
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Grilled Lobster Mac and Cheese


Lobster Mac and Cheese is an all-time favorite.

Grilling the lobster before adding to the Lobster Mac and Cheese makes this recipe a true standout.

So decadent and so good. Grilled Lobster Mac and Cheese is the perfect dish for special occasions but it’s so easy to make you can have it any night of the week.

Replace lobster with shrimp or crab meat.

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Whole Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Roast Garlic Blue Cheese

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Everyone will be wowed and only you will know how easy this is to make. This is sure to become a new favorite recipe.

Lemon Rosemary grilled salmon
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Lemon Rosemary Grilled Salmon Recipe

This easy Lemon Rosemary Grilled Salmon will become one of your most requested backyard cookout recipes.

On hot summer nights, this is one of my go-to recipes.  it cooks on the grill so I keep the kitchen clean. 

It’s a light and perfectly satisfying meal.  Perfect for any barbeque. Great news this is a great low-calorie option.

Cajun Beer Can Chicken recipe
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Cajun Beer Can Chicken Recipe

This Cajun beer can chicken recipe is a smokey, spicy twist on the all-time favorite beer can chicken recipe (as kids we called this butt can chicken).

Rubbed with a Cajun seasoning mix, over a can of Abita Beer with grilled andouille sausage. 

Heaven, there’s nothing better.

Grab a cold one and let’s cook this Cajun beer can chicken recipe.

Grilled Pizza
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Make Your Own Grilled Pizza

Grilled Pizza?  You bet.
Better than takeout and easier than you think.  Grilling is about to be your new favorite way to make pizza.
Make this super easy on yourself by either making crusts ahead of time and freezing or buy premade crusts in the refrigerated section of the grocery.

Father’s Day Barbecue Desserts

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Simple summer Dessert - watermelon on a stick
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Simple Spiked Watermelon Dessert

Simple, easy, and beautiful.
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Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding is the perfect bread pudding pairing of sweet luscious chocolate, cherries, and a tiny bit of heat.
Simple summer Dessert - watermelon on a stick
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Easy Ice Cream Sundae Bar

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Mexican Chocolate Bourbon Fondue
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Easy Mexican Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Fondue

I have an addiction to Mexican chocolate.  And I love to pair it with a little spice and simple sweet and ripe fruit in this dreamy, super easy Mexican Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Fondue.
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Delicious and healthy; strawberry tomato salad with balsamic glaze
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Easy Balsamic Marinated Strawberries

I know – balsamic marinated strawberries. I thought the same thing, but after I tried these in a little cafe in Napa I’ve been hooked.
Strawberries are delicious on there own but marinating them in balsamic vinegar brings out their sweetness in a unique, earthy way.
Don’t be afraid – give this Easy Balsamic Marinated Strawberries recipe a try.  It is the perfect light dessert to finish any barbecue or meal.

Father’s Day Barbecue Cocktails

Root Beer Bourbon Ice Cream Float
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Sazerac Cocktail | Classic New Orleans Cocktail
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Sazerac | Classic New Orleans Cocktail

Sazerac | Classic New Orleans Cocktail is made with Rye Whiskey and Herbisaint. The Sazerac Cocktail dates back to 1838 and is known as the First Cocktail.

Simple, classic flavors.  One of my all-time favorite cocktails.

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe
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Fresh Squeezed Perfect Lime Daiquiri

Learn how to make the perfect Classic Lime Daiquiri – a cocktail to try again.

Made properly, a daiquiri is pure heaven. The simple balance of rum, sugar, and lime.

old fashion cocktail
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Old Fashioned

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Roasted Pineapple Margarita Recipe

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grape jolly rancher hard lemonade
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Grape Jolly Rancher Hard Lemonade

I love the intense flavors of Jolly Rancher candies and have used them to infuse vodka for years.

My husband loves this Grape Jolly Rancher Hard Lemonade, but feel free to use any flavor Jolly Rancher you like.  My favs are watermelon and sour apple.

Best Paloma Recipe - Tequila, Fresh Pink Grapefruit
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Best Paloma Recipe – Tequila, Fresh Pink Grapefruit

The perfect combination of Tequila, fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice, and lime, salt-rimmed & topped with a little club soda. A Mexican vacation in a glass.

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Bayou Swamp Juice Cocktail
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Bayou Swamp Water Cocktail

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41 Recipes for a Father's Day Barbecue. A laidback barbecue is a perfect way to celebrate Dad. So fire up the grill and get cooking. via @mermaidsandmojitos
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