It’s easy to picture out dads on the grill, especially during the summer. Dads were out there in the backyard, serving up hot dogs, steaks and hamburgers, while wearing their hat, gym shorts, white socks and New Balances. Grilling has become a dad role and the backyard grill is the dad zone. Over the flames, dads with their men folk drink their beer, and jokes and banters are thrown out to each other. It’s their domain.
Maybe you’re the kind of dad who works late. It’s common to see dads grilling a special barbeque on Friday-night dinners for the family, while watching their favorite TV show. Every kid assumes that dads can flip the most potent cheeseburger in the world.
It seems like cooking their own grilled steak, grilled hamburger and barbeque is what dads love the most – more than golf, baseball and watching Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the grill, dads seem like to be in their natural habitat. Dads show how to properly season a steak, how much barbeque sauce to use, how to make sure the veggies don’t slip through the grates, and how to put flame lines on a weenie. Dads know how to teach their daughters how to grill themselves just as well, if not better, than your boys.
But how did the grill became a dad’s domain? It seems like it has something to do with the traditional gender and parenting roles, as the mothers and wives are expected to be caretakers and indoor cooks, while the men are providers and doers of any outdoorsy, tough and potentially dangerous work. And since grilling is an outdoor job, it’s a man’s job. But now we are evolved enough to recognize that the role of family members are not fitted to a mold anymore. Still, grilling remains mostly a man’s job. We can really say that dads are the grilling kings.
If you want to replenish your grilling gear with new ones (or hint on your loved ones to gift to you), here are some of the great grilling gear and accessories to get you on to a good start.
We all know that dad’s grilling isn’t only for the backyard. Sometimes, you want fresh barbeque on your family trip to the beach or at camping, too. This Coleman Propane Grill is a portable propane grill perfect for your grilling adventures. It comes with both grill grates and a griddle, allowing you to switch between making burgers to pancakes with ease. This grill ignites without the need for a lighter or a match. Plus, its collapsible design is easy to transport and fit into most car trunks.
If you want a durable, yet easy to transport grilling option, you can go for a charcoal grill like the Weber 741001. This grill can hold up to 13 burgers, plus its durable plated steel cooking grate makes it effective in retaining heat. It’s also easy to clean, thanks to its one-touch cleaning system that provides hassle-free ash cleanup.
This Non Stick Grill Wok from Cuisinart gives you a solution for grilling and cleaning up for tough-to-grill foods. The perforated metal can allow real grilling experience. It can provide an easier way to get real grill experience for your veggies, rather than sticking them all onto your skewers. It also has raised sides to keep the food in place.
For on-the-go dads, this ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer is a great tool. You can rely on it for providing temperature readout in as fast as 3-5 seconds, thanks to its high-precision sensor. Its design folds away easily and locks into the base for portable use. It can read temperatures of -58°F ~ 572°F. It shuts off automatically if it stays on for 10 minutes.
If you love to grill so much and you want to take it seriously, keep this tool set with you. This offers 25 pieces of grilling tools so you won’t need anything else! The material is also thicker than others, so you can bring it for camping and picnics outdoors. These tools include the meat injector, 4-in-1 chef’s spatula, digital meat thermometer, and many other grilling accessories. It comes with a sturdy aluminum case to keep everything organized and protected.
Seasoning and tenderizing meat can be messy. If you want to make cleanup easier, try out this dry rub shaker from Taylor Precision Products. It’s a spice shaker that has a special ribbed top designed to tenderize the meat as you season it. It helps keep your hands clean and minimizes your contact with raw foods. It’s also great to bring on picnics, if you’re also brining your portable grill!
Here’s to ensure that your grilled goods are juicy and flavorful. Taylor Precision Products 4 Piece Marinade/Sauce Set can hold your marinade sauce, and it includes a bristled baster, injector, lid and squeeze bottle. It can give your steak, chicken or skewers an even coating, and it keeps your hands free from touching the raw meat. This entire set is dishwasher-safe, so no need to worry about cleanup.
Make transporting your meats and cooked foods between the kitchen and the grill with a grill station. This has two trays: one clearly marked raw, and one marked cooked, to lessen risk of cross contamination. It also allows you to marinate in one, and serve with the other. It also offers caddy hooks on the side for easy access to your seasonings, sauces, and utensils.
If you only need one spatula and nothing more, this is the one to buy. This 5-in-1 tool can do your flipping, skewering, tenderizing, and cutting of meat. It can open your beer bottles, too. What a tool! It’s made of high-quality, stainless steel rust, plus water-resistant acacia wood handles, so you can be sure that this spatula is built to last.
Don’t forget protection – your hands can do so much more, so you need to keep it safe as you grill. The G & F 8115 Heat-Resistant Leather Gloves is a pair of heatproof gloves that can allow you to grab virtually anything that’s part of the grilling process. It has extra-long cuffs that provide extended protection over the wrist and lower arm. It’s made of pure suede and grain cowhide leather with reinforced back of the hand. It makes you look tough, too.