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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GET FIRED UP
First order of business is, well, the grill! Add a few key accessories and the backyard will be open for business.
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.
- This 5-minute tutorial will revive even the grungiest gas grills.
- Check the propane and refill any additional tanks.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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Rubs & Sauces
- Penzey’s Grill & Broil 4 Jar Gift Pack - Easy to use, robust, flavorful blends are great for backyard cooks of all skill levels.
- DIY & made with love - Make a custom dry rub for dad! Try an all purpose dry rub you can’t beat or mix it up with some unique flavors (chili coffee rubbed steak..mmmmmm).
- Palo Alto Firefighters Habanero Sauce - Previously reserved for the local fire team, this popular hot sauce has gone beyond the Bay Area to support the Palo Alto Firefighters Charitable Fund!
- Salt Lick BBQ Sauce - World renowned barbeque straight from Texas - yes please! A versatile sauce that’s great for all kinds of grilling.
- Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto - There’s a reason Austin citizens & visitors start lining up at 6am for Franklin Barbecue's smokey meats.
- Michael Symon's Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace - Help dad make major gains in grilling techniques with this guide to live-fire cooking.
- Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces - Born in Korea but raised in the American Midwest, Chef Bill Kim brings these two sensibilities together to help dad master Korean BBQ at home.
- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking - It’s not grill specific but it did win the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook. It’s an essential, just like Urban Market Bags.
SET THE SCENE
Now it’s time for dad to sit back, relax, and enjoy a refreshing drink while the grill works it’s magic.
- Leather bicycle 6 pack carrier - For the dad with a bike, this is the hippest accessory around and is sure to garner many compliments.
- Tablo leather wine carrier - A simple leather design to compliment any bottle of wine.
- Personalized leather coozie - If you aren’t feeling super creative, “Number One Dad” will do just fine.
- 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)!