Father’s Day Dinner Ideas Fresh Off the Grill


June 04, 2021 | Food Lion
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Make Dad feel special on the day that’s all about showing just how much your family appreciates and loves him - with a delicious grilled meal. Steak, hamburgers and hot dogs are all great choices. But, if you want to try some Father’s Day dinner ideas outside of the typical dishes, we have six grilled recipes listed in this blog, including three main dishes and three sides.

From juicy pork chops to grilled potatoes, skewers and more, Dad is sure to love each and every dish, no matter which one you choose to make. To start things off, let’s check out a grilled rib recipe with a kick.

Father’s Day Grilled Entrées

Tender Grilled Buffalo-Style Ribs, cutting board, Buffalo sauce, tongs

Grilled Buffalo-Style Ribs

Seasoned with garlic and onion powder, as well as smoked paprika, salt and pepper; then, brushed with buffalo sauce, this rib recipe is packed with flavor and a touch of spice. And since the last ten minutes of cooking is on the grill, this Father’s Day dinner idea is slightly smoky as well. Serve with traditional buffalo wing accompaniments like celery, carrot sticks and ranch or blue cheese dressing. Or give one of the grilled side dishes we’ve detailed in this blog a try for a totally grilled meal.

Father’s Day Grilled Side Suggestion: Grilled Ranch Potatoes

Check out our recipe portal for step-by-step directions to make these Tender Grilled Buffalo-Style Ribs, as well as a homemade blue cheese dipping sauce.

Grilled Chicken with Cherry Pepper Relish

Smoky Grilled Chicken with Cherry Pepper Relish

If chicken is one of Dad’s favorite proteins, this recipe for Smoky Grilled Chicken may be the perfect Father’s Day dinner idea to cook this holiday. To make it, you’ll use skin-on boneless chicken thighs (like Food Lion brand) seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. After cooking on the grill for about 35 minutes, you’ll have flavorful, juicy chicken with crispy skin.

And with the sweet and savory pepper and tomato relish, you’ll have a tasty flavor combination that Dad is sure to love. But, if you want to give him some dipping sauce options, make sure to pick up some barbeque sauce, honey mustard or ranch (or all three). You can also serve the chicken with this grilled side, which you can learn all about later on in this blog.

Father’s Day Grilled Side Suggestion: Barbeque Grilled Cauliflower

Have leftovers? Reheat the chicken thighs in the oven to keep the skin crispy.

Grilled Smothered Pork Chops

Grilled Smothered Pork Chops on white plate

Pork chops are a favorite family entree that is delicious, easy to prepare and affordable. But, for Father’s Day, you want to make this main dish a little extra special, right? So, fire up the grill and the stove to whip up a batch of sauteed onion cream sauce to spread over your perfectly grilled pork chops. Together, you have a hearty grilled dish that pairs deliciously with grilled vegetables, like the ones we have listed in the next section of this article, especially the one below.

Father’s Day Grilled Side Suggestion: Grilled Corn on the Cob

Now, check out the full recipe to see what you may need to pick up from your local Food Lion.

Father’s Day Sides from the Grill

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

We’ve now covered three entrees as a part of our Father’s Day dinner ideas. Let’s shift gears and take a look at grilled sides dishes, like this Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe. Made with five ingredients total, plus aluminum foil, this dish is so simple to make. It’s also oh-so-tasty and may become Dad’s new favorite way to enjoy corn on the cob.

Now, get your shopping list ready. Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Vegetable oil (or your favorite cooking oil)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter

Want to make this corn side dish a bit zesty? Add a little cayenne pepper in place of the black pepper.

Grilled Cauliflower

Barbeque Grilled Cauliflower

Chop up some cauliflower into florets, place them on skewers, spread a layer of BBQ sauce over the top and set your grill to medium-high heat to get ready to make this recipe for Barbeque Grilled Cauliflower. Are you using wooden skewers instead of metal? Be sure to soak them for 20 minutes before grilling.

Then, cook your skewers for about five minutes on each side. Once cooked with a slight char, spread the additional sauce and serve. It’s that simple to make this grilled side for Father’s Day!

Grilled Ranch Potatoes

Grilled Ranch Potatoes

You’ve probably had roasted potatoes and mashed potatoes, too. But, for this Father’s Day dinner idea, you’ll be grilling this beloved side and topping the potatoes with cheese, ranch dressing and chives with this Grilled Ranch Potatoes recipe.

To cook them on the grill, you’ll place the halved baby red potatoes on skewers as you did with the cauliflower. So, be sure to keep our tip for using wooden skewers in mind.

The potatoes should take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook through on medium heat. Then, you can remove them from the skewers, place the potatoes on a baking sheet, top them with shredded cheese and broil for a few minutes to melt it. At that point, the potatoes are ready for a drizzle of ranch and a sprinkle of chopped chives. Yum!

You now have six scrumptious Father’s Day dinner ideas to help you plan the perfect meal for Dad this holiday. No matter which ones you decide to make, your neighborhood Food Lion is your destination to get what you need to craft these dishes at low prices you’ll love. But, no meal is complete without a little something sweet, right? These Beer Brownies may not be grilled, but they could be the perfect dessert for Father’s Day, especially if Dad loves chocolate and stout beer since these fudgy brownies feature beer in the batter and in the chocolate frosting.

To all of the wonderful dads out there, we wish you the happiest of Father’s Days!

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