8 Great Gifts for Grill-Savvy Dads
Here at Food Network, we think it’s time for a little tough love. So, in the spirit of Father’s Day, we’re here to inform you: Dad does not need another necktie this year. But if he’s the kind of guy who lives for summer — grilling, dinners on the patio, craft cocktails using in-season ingredients — then what he absolutely needs is a game-changing marinade, cocktail mixer or grill tool to take his summer relaxation to new levels of style and sophistication. Not sure where to begin? Check out our top Father’s Day gift picks for dads who fully embrace summer.
PitMaster Grill Tool (pictured above)
If your dad breaks out the grill on the first 50-degree day and doesn’t return it to the garage until the first snow, then this multipurpose grill tool is just the gift for him. The functionality of an entire grill kit is combined into a single, streamlined utensil: a flipper hook for turning food on the grill, an 8-inch chef’s knife for slicing, and even a bottle opener (though we don’t suggest using all three at once!).
Bunches and Bunches Mole Trifecta
This is really a gift for the whole family, as everyone will benefit from the smoky, spicy flavors of this mole sauce trifecta once Dad’s let loose in the kitchen. We recommend the smoked Oaxacan mole and the dried chilaca mole as a braising sauce for beef ribs and poultry. The green fire-roasted chile sauce is a serious step up from other big-brand jarred salsas. Use it as a zesty dip for tortilla chips.
$36 for 3-Pack
Grilling is a messy job, and if Dad’s already had to retire a number of grease- or sauce-stained T-shirts from his wardrobe, consider getting him this handsome, easy-to-clean denim apron from Hedley & Bennett.
For dads who like their food spicy, this hot sauce trio is a must. The sauces may come in 5-ounce bottles, but trust us: You won’t need more than a few drops to get a good heat kick.
$25 for 3-Pack
If you’re looking for a new Father’s Day tradition, skip breakfast in bed and set up a beer, cheese and charcuterie tasting. Plus, the sleek hexagonal display boards can be easily incorporated into your tablescape at future holiday gatherings.
$15 — $50
Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel
Any dad with a sweet tooth will appreciate a generous drizzle of this indulgent goat’s milk caramel on top of his ice cream sundae. Surprise him after dinner with a make-your-own ice cream bar, complete with his favorite pints, a jar of caramel, plus any of his other go-to sundae accoutrements.
$26 for 2-Pack
A guy who appreciates craft cocktails will flip for this spicy green tea concentrate infused with habanero peppers and tart citrus juice. Stir up one of his favorite drinks (the mix pairs well with vodka, gin and tequila), top it off with some fizzy seltzer, then let the man relax.
$10 for 8 Ounces
Tovolo Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
If Dad prefers to be the one churning out drinks behind the bar, help him consolidate his mixology tools with this handy cocktail shaker. The easy-to-remove silicone top is designed to handle reaming, juicing, measuring and straining.