It’s getting down to the wire to find something special for dad. Whether the dad(s) in your life like to grill, enjoy good beverages or play cornhole in the backyard, I’ve come across some suggested gifts and resources. Most should be deliverable in time for Fathers Day (the 21st), but if not these can provide some ideas and you may be able to find something similar locally. Links to the items are clickable in the product title.
Aged distilled beverages are a desirable taste for many guys. If you don’t have the space for a whiskey barrel—or the patience to wait several years for your beverages to mature—this set could be a good solution. These charred oak pieces (referred to as staves) fit into the accompanying bottle and can deliver an oaky, rich taste in as little as 2 weeks.
Retail: $35.00 (Note: Currently on back-order until 6/17….still a great gift idea)
Handcrafted barrels for aging whiskey, bourbon, wine, vinegars, etc. is sure to please. These are made in a variety of sizes (1 litre to 20 litres) from American white oak in Manassas, VA. Barrels have a medium char and include a wooden spigot and stand.
Retail: Start at $49.95
Turn any watermelon or pumpkin into a natural keg! Hollow out the innards, insert the tap (coring tool included), fill with a complimentary-tasting beverage, then you are ready to start pouring. (Click for Watermelon Mojito recipe) In the fall, Pumpkin Cider would be tasty in a pumpkin (uses Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka). Or even spiced apple cider.
When you show up with custom bags, you look like a serious player. Monogram or logo, favorite team, glow in the dark…any of those would be great, stored inside a drawstring bag. Or upgrade dad’s bags to all-weather (filling is plastic pellet instead of corn). Cornhole Supplies (link in title above) has more color options than I’ve ever seen.
Retail: $10.99 to about $15.99 / set of 4
See the circular target long after the sun has gone down…despite the quantity of beers that have probably been consumed.“Light Up Your Hole” with these battery-operated lights (each uses a 9 volt battery), which fit regulation size holes. They are a cinch to install (simply screw into the boards) and come in a few color options.
Retail: $34.95 / sets of 2
Now this is cool. A drink koozie that not only keeps your beverage chilled, but you can keep track of cornhole points (or any game that incorporates a scoring range from 0 to 21). Stainless steel outer shell, rigid foam insulation.
This pair of bullet-shaped tubes keep cigars from getting crushed while stored in a golf bag, tackle box, etc. These two-tone cigar holders are constructed from polished stainless steel with copper-tone steel tops and bottoms. There is an option to have these personalized/engraved. Perfect for someone who hunts, shoots, is in the military or law enforcement (and an even better gift when you fill them with stogies!).
Retail: $24.95 (Engraving additional)
The Pit Barrel Cooker (PBC) combines the qualities of vertical smokers, BBQs and slow cookers into one item and at a fraction of the cost of other similar systems. It’s designed to allow shorter cooking times without the need to regulate temperature or smoke and is portable and built to last. The PBC has received rave reviews from some of the biggest names in BBQ. AmazingRibs.com declares Pit Barrel to be the “best bargain on a smoker in the world”, and gave it their top Best Value Gold Medal Award. This is a family-owned company (in Colorado) and was founded by an Iraqi War Veteran.
How many times do you start the grill only to discover midway through cooking that you ran out of propane…and the spare is empty too…with a backyard full of hungry friends….? This simple-to-use gauge clearly shows the level of fuel in the tank and displays the level for hot, cool and cold outside temperatures. Installs quickly without the use of tools.
This is probably the largest spatula you can find for flipping big chunks of meat, fish or pizza on the grill. The BBQ Buttula was designed by barbecue competitor Manuel Pruneda (aka “Mex”), from team Slabba Dabba Que, as a tool to make moving pork butts and briskets easier. These solid spatulas measure 8” long, 6” wide and are constructed of heavy-duty 12-gauge stainless steel. And for the record, Guy Fieri is a fan.
Professionals prefer cast iron; get the same type of results at home! ManGrates are American-made cast iron, which is known to conduct heat better and sear foods, using less propane or charcoal. Each grate is 4″ x 15″ and you set them on top of your existing grill grates (which are often stainless steel or aluminum). Order as many as you need to fill out your grill surface.
Retail: $39.99 each
Fathers Day promotion:
40% off everything!
Coupon Code: PAPA15
Order by Monday, June 15 for Fathers Day delivery
If your product order totals more than $50 receive a free “United States of Bacon” t-shirt (courtesy of our friends at From Thick to Thin) or the ManGrate “What a Tool” t-shirt.