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25 Father’s Day Recipes Dads Will Love

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Why should moms get all the glory? Dads deserve a fun day, too! So this Father’s Day 2018, give Dad something he really wants: unfussy man-food that fills him up and tastes amazing. Whether you’re planning a big Father’s Day brunch, looking for Father’s Day dinner ideas, want to bake a cake or a host a casual cookout, we’ve got 25 recipes that’ll show your appreciation—and win Dad’s approval.

While he’s feasting like a king, you can fill him in on how recent Father’s Day is as a national holiday: While the first one was created in 1910 in Spokane, Washington by a mom, it wasn’t a national holiday until 1972. With more than 70 million fathers (a conservative estimate), it’s little wonder that it brings in roughly $13 billion in sales of ties, cufflinks, alcohol, cigars, golf club, grilling gadgets and more.

So instead of buying him something, why not whip up one or several of these 25 Father’s Day ideas? He’ll always remember your delicious meal as a true demonstration of your love and thanks.

 

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    Sweet Chili and Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

    A sticky, sweet, and spicy root beer glaze makes these grilled baby backs finger-licking-good. They're perfect for your Father's Day cookout.

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    Doughnut Muffins

    Make these ultimate breakfast treats and Dad can skip his usual weekend trip to the doughnut shop.

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    Spicy Beer-Can Chicken

    Put a spin on Dad's usual beer-can chicken recipe by adding a sweet-spicy sauce to the beer.

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    New York Strip Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter

    Got a steak-and-potatoes kind of dad? Grill him a steak that rivals the one he usually orders at the steakhouse. 

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    Grilled Southwestern Potato Salad

    This potato salad is filled with Dad's favorite Southwestern flavors: smokey corn, chiles, red onions, peppers, and some crisp bacon.

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    Ultimate Hamburgers

    These burgers include both ground chuck and ground sirloin, making them double meaty and double delicious.

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    Smoked Paprika Potato Chips

    These chips may ruin bagged chips for Dad forever. Their deep potato flavor is a revelation and the smoked paprika gives them a depth of flavor that elevates them to another level.

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    Rich, Fudgy Brownies

    Dad loves your classic brownies, so mix up a batch for the cookout. But don’t forget to save the corner pieces for him; the corners are Dad’s favorite.

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    The Michelada

    Don't just grab him a cold one, mix Dad a beer cocktail that'll make him forget all about his can in a cozy.

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    Homemade Oreos

    He's a big kid at heart, so surprise Dad with a homemade version of one of his favorite supermarket cookies.

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    Cornmeal Flapjacks with Bourbon-Bacon Maple Syrup

    Dads should get breakfast in bed, too. These pancakes get their heartiness from cornmeal and wheat germ, and feature a syrup loaded with dad-favorites: bourbon, bacon, and maple.

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    Spicy Red-Eye Baked Beans

    Your dad is too special for beans from a can. These spicy baked beans are deeply flavored by the addition of a cup of brewed coffee.

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    Grilled Corn & Tomato Salsa

    Start your Father's Day cookout with Dad's favorite game-day snack: homemade chips and an easy grilled salsa.

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    The Old Fashioned

    Not that we'd ever suggest Dad is old, he's just..a classic. So make him a classic bourbon cocktail he can savor. 

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    Sweet & Spicy Fried Peach Pies

    If Dad looks forward to your famous pies, surprise him with a cinnamon-sugar coated hand pie that packs a spicy punch.

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    Classic Eggs Benedict

    The key to this brunch classic is delicious simplicity: poached fresh eggs, Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and an authentic hollandaise sauce.

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    Smoked Chicken with Lemon-Ginger BBQ Sauce

    This chicken gets its rich complexity from wood smoke and layers of flavors: a spice rub, a mustardy mop sauce, and a zesty-sweet barbecue sauce that’s seared onto the meat for a gorgeous lacquered finish.

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    Sirloin Tacos

    Serve these with roasted tomato salsa, as well as chopped lettuce, cilantro sprigs, sour cream, and your other favorite taco condiments.

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    Blue Smoke Martini

    The “rinse” of Scotch lends this martini a smoky flavor, while the blue cheese-stuffed olives add a pleasing tang. You can purchase the olives, or you can stuff them at home: pipe softened blue cheese, preferably Maytag Blue, into pitted Spanish Queen olives, as they do at NYC's Blue Smoke restaurant.

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    Chunky Guacamole

    There are few dishes as simple yet easily varied as guacamole. This version lets the flavor and texture of the avocado shine through, amply reinforced with cilantro, red onion, and a splash of lime juice. It can be set out as a dip, used as a garnish for tacos or chili, or spread on sandwiches and burgers.

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    Chicken Chili Nachos

    These are made with ground chicken, but you can also use shredded cooked chicken (from a rotisserie chicken, for instance). If doing the latter, add 2 cups shredded chicken to the skillet after the onions and spices and toss to combine.

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    Grilled Corn, Shrimp & Chorizo Salad

    This one-dish meal marries the best flavors from summer shore dinners—seafood and corn— with the smokiness of Spanish paprika and chorizo.

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    Grilled BBQ Pork Pizza

    This pizza combines the tangy vinegar sauce of Carolina pulled pork and the tomato-based flavor of Memphis BBQ. Try this pizza with leftover pulled pork, or shake up your next backyard BBQ and serve pulled pork pizza instead of the traditional sandwich.

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    Tomato Salsa

    Zingy, refreshing salsas are easy to improvise—simply balance the proportions of ingredients according to taste. Top burritos, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, chili, or bean soups; add to omelets and scrambled eggs; use in place of ketchup on hamburgers and sandwiches; spoon onto grilled pork, beef, poultry, and fish; dip chips; dollop onto fritters and savory pancakes.

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    Fried Apple Pies

    In this recipe, excerpted from the cookbook DamGoodSweet , David Guas adapts his Great-Aunt Patty’s amazing apple pie, while also giving props to his favorite childhood brown bag treat, Hubig’s fried pies. The result is these cute, mini fried apple pies that can be eaten out of hand, like empanadas.

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