Once a year, right in the thick of the dog days of baseball season, kids around the country gather to celebrate dear old dad. So, why not borrow a little inspiration from baseball parks from Dodger Stadium to Fenway Park when planning your Father’s Day menu? That’s right, I’m talking about cooking up some gloriously dad-approved Father’s Day recipes to make with bacon and other scrumptious barbecue ingredients. Now, these aren’t just any bacon or barbecue recipes — these are the internet’s most creative applications of all things pork.
1. Loaded Bacon Cheeseburger Totchos
This revelation of an appetizer is perfect for Father’s Day. Basically Cooking for Keeps has loaded the contents of a bacon cheeseburger on top of a pile of tater tots to create the perfect food to celebrate dad.
2. Kale, Bacon, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
The Kitchn has you covered if you plan to cook Dad a hearty breakfast. This number does have bacon, but is otherwise pretty healthy with the whole wheat bun and sautéed kale.
3. Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Talk about a feast! This cheesy, saucy, crispy masterpiece from Simply Delicious will be talked about for years to come. Grill the bread on the grill outside for an extra crunch and Instagram-worthy grill marks.
4. Baby Back Ribs
Ribs are sort of a recent obsession of mine. Cooked low and slow and drenched in Memphis-style barbecue sauce, seeing this recipe from The Comfort of Cooking is actually making me seriously consider running to the store to get a rack of ribs to grill for dinner. Be warned though, if you whip up these deliciously messy little numbers for Dad, you might be in charge of food for every cookout from now until the end of time.
5. Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are an L.A. delicacy. Usually grilled on a flattop by a lady outside of your favorite local dive bar at 2:30 in the morning, these double-meat monstrosities from A Cozy Kitchen are a Father’s Day novelty that won’t soon be forgotten.
6. Bacon Scallops with Garlic Butter Sauce
From land to sea, these little pan-fried mollusks are sure to impress. They’re fancy enough to be served at an elegant dinner but are still loaded up with bacon (and butter sauce, for good measure). Head over to Damn Delicious to get the scoop on how to make this winning shellfish recipe.
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SOURCE: Bustle, Jessica Learish