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Get Dad Grilling: The Best BBQ Gifts for Father’s Day

Written by
Grace Pawlowski
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July 1, 2018 at 4:46:00 AM PDT July 1, 2018 at 4:46:00 AM PDTst, July 1, 2018 at 4:46:00 AM PDT

Get dad geared up for outdoor grilling this Father’s Day and reap the benefits all season long. Make sure dad has a solid grilling foundation and get him equipped with the basics or grab something extra special like a new spice rub and a cookbook to kick his skills up a notch. The one essential to include is a set of Urban Market Bags. Not only will dad be the most stylish shopper around, he’ll get major props for bringing enough bags to carry all his groceries and grilling supplies!

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First order of business is, well, the grill! Add a few key accessories and the backyard will be open for business.

The Grill
If you already own a grill, give it a good clean to kick off the season and make sure you have everything you need for your first cookout. We love gas grills for the ease and convenience—and they are better for the environment—but charcoal grills produce a hotter fire and are generally more portable.

Gas Grills
  • This 5-minute tutorial will revive even the grungiest gas grills.
  • Check the propane and refill any additional tanks.

Charcoal Grills
  • If you’re using charcoal make sure to stock up and save dad a trip to the store.
  • You will also need: a chimney starter (goodbye toxic lighter fluid) and a stash of paper (grab something that was headed for the recycle bin).

Essential Tools
  • Tongs - Make sure they are at least 12” long to keep your fingers cool (16-20” is ideal).
  • Spatula - If dad is a sports fan, check out Sportula (sports team inspired spatulas with a bottle opener on the end - nifty).
  • Basting brush - We like these “mop” bushes because they are made of natural materials and come with removable & washable heads.
  • Thermometer - Instant read thermometer with a collapsible probe makes this one extra portable.
  • Wire grill brush - Food tastes better when it comes from a grill thats clean and well maintained. A good brush makes for a quick and easy clean.

The Bells and Whistles
He’s always been a cool dad, now make him feel like the star of the show with these hip accessories.

  • Apron - We love the high quality Hedley & Bennet aprons (chef’s favorite!) and this blackjack canvas edition is perfectly suited for messy dates with the grill (plus it looks totally badass).
  • Stainless Steel Skewers - Flexible and reusable, these skewers fit in the marinade bag and are key to using all your grill space.
  • Natural Wood Grilling Planks - Season your food with all-natural wood planks that come in six flavors: cedar, alder, cherry, hickory, maple and red oak. Each wood type brings a different flavor profile which makes for some fun grilling combinations—cedar-planked salmon and hickory-smoked flank steak are good go-tos.
  • Cast Iron Skillet - Made in the USA, pre-seasoned, and, most importantly, lighter than your everyday cast iron skillet. Great for corralling smaller items that need cooking but don’t always work directly on the grill itself.
  • Quesadilla Maker - That exists? Yep.
  • Ultimate Cooler - Stash cold drinks next to the grill or store ingredients on the go.

Beef up dad’s BBQ spread with fast flavor makers and major recipe upgrades.

Rubs & Sauces


Now it’s time for dad to sit back, relax, and enjoy a refreshing drink while the grill works it’s magic.

Stylish Sips
Delicious Drinks
  • Beer in a can - Craft beer cans are having a major moment when it comes to design (the beer isn’t bad either). Beer cans used to belong in a cooler. That’s all changing thanks to some show stopping designs from breweries like Mikkeller and Four Point Brewery.
  • Shandy - What’s a shandy (also known as a radler)? It’s the perfect combination of light beer and lemonade but the flavor combinations keep on comin’ these days. We recommend a cold Stiegl Grapefruit Radler or a Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler to get the party started.
  • DIY & made with love - The latest craft cocktail trend to wow dads and guests alike: In-The-Bottle-Cocktails. Make these in your backyard or bring your supplies to the park for major brownie points.
  • Glass bottle root beer + bourbon + orange bitters = Bourbon Root Beer
  • Grapefruit radler + tequila + lime + rosemary simple syrup = Radler Paloma
  • Mexican coke + light rum + lime = Backyard Rum & Coke
  • Agua fresca- part fruit, part water, 100% thirst quenching. Make sure to revive dad when he’s tending to the grill (waiter service is also part of the gift)!