Father's Day BBQ

Father’s Day is a very important day of the year and your dad should be given as much attention as your mom got on Mother’s Day. My children took me out to The Strathmore Station for Mother’s Day and it was packed to the rafters. I wonder if it will be the same on Father’s Day. Somehow, I think perhaps Dad might prefer a few different activities than brunch. He might prefer to go golfing, hiking, biking or camping. Whatever your dear old Dad chooses to do at the end of the day, nothing would make him happier than a special supper, and you know Dads love BBQ. You can BBQ just about anything and DAD will love it. How easier could that possibly be?


BARBECUE CHICKEN


4 (4oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts

8 regular slices of bacon

1/2 cup Sweet Honey Barbecue Sauce, divided (half for basting, half for drizzling on top of the cheese)

4 slices medium cheddar cheese, quartered

Preheat grill. Wrap each piece of chicken tightly with two slices of bacon. Place chicken on grill and cook about 6 to 7 minutes on each side until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F, basting with barbecue sauce as desired. Top with 4 quarter pieces of cheese, shingled over the chicken breast. Drizzle with remaining barbecue sauce and heat until cheese is melted. Remove from grill and serve.


WESTERN BARBECUE BURGERS

2 pounds ground chuck

1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce for basting

2 sweet or yellow onions

Olive Oil

6 slices American cheese

12 slices bacon

6 buns

6 lettuce leaves

2 tomatoes

Pickle slices


Combine ground beef, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape into 6 patties. Refrigerate until grill is ready. Heat gas grill to medium high. Lightly coat onion slices with oil and salt and pepper. (Note: You can stick a wooden skewer through each onion slice to hold it together. Wooden skewers should be soaked in water beforehand.) Grill onion slices over direct heat for 3 minutes per side. Then move them to one side of grill and turn heat to low on that side. Baste them with barbecue sauce and remove them from grill when they are soft and charred. Lightly sprinkle burger patties with salt and pepper and place on the grill for 3 to 5 minutes. Flip over and continue to grill for about 3 minutes. Baste the tops with barbecue sauce. Top each burger with a slice of American cheese just before removing from grill. (Internal temperature should be 160°F.) Place lettuce and tomato slices on buns, top with burgers, onions, bacon, and more barbecue sauce. Recipe from www.thrillist.com


Make sure you give your special Dad the Best Father’s Day ever!


Kathryn Hartwell