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How To Throw The Best Barbecue On The Block This Father’s Day

June 25, 2022 - 5 min read

What makes a banging Father’s Day barbie? Perfectly grilled meat. Chilled bevvies. A relaxed vibe and feel-good tunes; perhaps some fun lawn games to play while waiting on the food. Plus a sworn oath to avoid those twin barbecue sins (running out of ice or gas!). Whether you crown dear old Dad master of ceremonies – or give him a break and take over the tongs yourself – we’ve scoped all the essential ingredients, best gift and recipe ideas, and barbecue and outdoor cooking appliances to make him the envy of the block this Father’s Day.  

Check out our Father’s Day Hub for all your gift idea inspo!

Man cooks ribs on a barbecue in his backyard.

Meat The Star Of The Show

Swap “been there, done that” beef burgers for some jazzier options. What about lamb and beetroot patties, grilled gourmet pizzas (a hot barbecue trend, we hear), or melt-in-your-mouth brisket? Pull out the stops and get saucy with marinades and ribs. Whatever you decide, the perfect Father’s Day barbecue algorithm is three meat choices. Or fish for compliments by swapping one of the meats for a platter of seared spicy tuna or salmon steaks.

Shop Must-Have Barbecues

  • Feeding the troops is a cinch with the Weber Family Q natural gas barbecue. It cooks quickly and evenly with the lid down so you can barbecue batch after batch of Dad’s favourite meats.
  • The barbecue-lover’s barbie, the BeefEater 1600 Series Dark 5 Burner BBQ and Trolley has a powerful side burner to stir sauces or saute onions on, and a handy glass window to keep an eye on those baby back ribs.
  • A small yard – or no yard at all? Not a barbecue deal-breaker with the compact George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Grill. It can cook up a storm on your balcony with an electrical thermostat that grills burgers to perfection. 

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Bourbon Whiskey Cola Braised Pork Belly For Dad

Dad will go nuts for this aromatic pork-belly dish that’s slow-braised on the Weber Family Q natural gas barbecue in a sweet and savoury liquid, then grilled at the end for caramelisation and depth of flavour. Be sure to save that braising liquid. It’s incredible when reduced to a thick serving sauce to finish the dish.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 4 people

Bourbon Whiskey Cola Braised Pork Belly
Recipe by Laura Romeo for Weber Barbecues Australia and New Zealand

Ingredients:

  • 1kg skin-on pork belly rashers (2cm thick)
  • 1x 375mL can Bourbon Whiskey & Cola
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 star-anise pods
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Spring onion, finely sliced, to garnish

Method:

  1. Prepare your barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°–230°C). Set up your appliance with a convection tray and a roasting trivet.
  2. In a large frying pan, add the pork belly, Bourbon & Cola, garlic, kecap manis, fish sauce, star anise and chilli flakes. With a silicone spoon, incorporate the ingredients and ensure the pork belly is submerged.
  3. Place the frying pan onto the trivet and cook over indirect medium heat for 2 hours, or until the pork belly has started to become tender.
  4. Once the pork belly has cooked for 2 hours, remove the pork from the frying pan, leaving the juices behind. Using heatproof gloves, remove the convection tray and trivet from the barbecue. Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over medium-high heat (210°–250°C).
  5. Return the frying pan to the barbecue. Simmer the sauce in the frying pan over direct medium-high heat for 15 minutes or until thickened. Lightly coat the pork belly slices with olive oil and grill over direct medium-high heat for 2 minutes each side, or until grill marks appear.
  6. Garnish the pork belly with spring onion, and finish with the reduced braising liquid.
Man holding tongs barbecues kebabs on a grill.

A Toast To Dad On Father’s Day

Keep the party from running dry by whipping up a big batch of a dad-approved cocktail, such as an Old Fashioned or a Bloody Mary in your blender, stock the fridge with his favourite ale, and lean on your Sodastream for a refreshing virgin brew like a mock mojito to break up the booze.

Keep Drinks Cold!

Nothing kills a barbecue buzz faster than running out of ice and having to throw back tepid wine or beer. No chance of that with these trusty chillers:

With a dual-hinged door and mighty 190L capacity, the Solt Outdoor Beverage Centre can store all your soft drinks and mixers on one side and your tipples on the other, for a one-stop yard bar.

Is Dad fond of a good drop? The Hisense 30 Bottle Wine Cellar has a stylish black finish and will keep all his favourite bottles chilled and ready to imbibe.

Keep that ice coming all afternoon with the Westinghouse 145L Chest Freezer. The hovering door design lets you scoop from your stash without propping up the lid.

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"What makes a banging Father’s Day barbie? Perfectly grilled meat. Chilled bevvies. Plus a sworn oath to avoid those twin barbecue sins (running out of ice or gas!)."

Bring On The Entertainment

Put a smile on dad’s dial by making a playlist of old ‘Dad car jams’ from when you were kids. Unleash them on your portable Bluetooth speakers (use voice control to change tracks without interrupting tong-duty). Or if Dad’s a sports hound, set up a portable projector or outdoor TV on your patio and let him watch the game while you eat “just this once”!

The Clean-Up Operation

Clean up your act by taking good care of your barbecue afterwards (you’ll be glad next time you use it). Invest in a good weatherproof cover, such as the Weber Premium Full Length Cover, and stockpile barbecue cleaning essentials, such as grill brushes, tough wipes and exterior sprays.

The Take-Home Gift

Ignore him when he says “I don’t need anything” and gift him a token of your love (no dodgy aprons please!).

Motivate him to up his daily step count with the Altius Fitness Smart Watch: it tracks runs, walks, hikes and bike rides and will keep tabs on his heart rate too.

Get Dad home safely with the Navman Micam GPS and Dashcam. It offers lane guidance at tricky intersections, live traffic updates and a dash camera to read incoming messages (and keep his hands on the wheel!).

The heated Homedics Dual Shiatsu Pro Massage Cushion will soothe away his pesky aches and pains, and pinpoint specific spots for ultimate relief.

 

You’ll find everything you need to treat Dad to an unbeatable barbecue this Father’s Day at The Good Guys. Visit us in-store or online to explore a huge range of barbecue and outdoor cooking appliances. And check out our other Father’s Day gift guides for more expert picks.

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