father’s day bbq holiday meal plan

A BBQ holiday meal is a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions with family and friends, enjoying delicious grilled and smoked dishes in a relaxed outdoor setting. Here’s a mouthwatering menu to inspire your BBQ holiday feast:

Main Course:
– Smoked Brisket: A beautifully marbled brisket, rubbed with a blend of spices, and slow-smoked until tender and flavorful.
– Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken: Juicy chicken pieces marinated in a zesty lemon herb marinade and grilled to perfection.
– BBQ Pork Ribs: Succulent pork ribs coated in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, cooked low and slow until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender.

Side Dishes:
– Classic Potato Salad: Creamy potatoes dressed in a tangy mayo-based dressing with crunchy celery, onions, and fresh herbs.
– Grilled Corn on the Cob: Fresh ears of corn grilled until charred and smoky, then brushed with garlic herb butter.
– Southern Style Baked Beans: Slow-cooked baked beans flavored with smoky bacon, molasses, and spices, a hearty and comforting side dish.

– Smoked Jalapeño Poppers: Spicy jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and smoked until crispy and delicious.
– BBQ Meatballs: Tender meatballs cooked in a savory BBQ sauce with a hint of sweetness and smokiness.

– Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream: Juicy peaches halved and grilled until caramelized, served with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of honey.
– S’mores Dip: A gooey and decadent dessert dip made with melted chocolate and marshmallows, served with graham crackers for dipping.

– Homemade Lemonade: Refreshing and tangy lemonade made with freshly squeezed lemons and sweetened with simple syrup.
– Iced Tea: Cool and refreshing iced tea, perfect for sipping on a hot day.

Don’t forget to set up a cozy outdoor dining area with plenty of seating, shade, and decorations to create a festive atmosphere for your BBQ holiday meal. Enjoy the delicious food and good company, and celebrate the occasion in style!


  • 1 whole beef brisket (about 8-10 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Wood chips for smoking (hickory or oak recommended)


  1. In a bowl, mix together paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, and chili powder to make the dry rub.
  2. Trim any excess fat from the brisket, leaving about 1/4 inch of fat.
  3. Rub the brisket all over with the dry rub, covering it evenly. Wrap the brisket in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  4. Remove the brisket from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while you prepare the smoker.
  5. Preheat your smoker to 225°F (110°C) according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add wood chips to the smoker box.
  6. Place the brisket on the smoker rack, fat side up, and close the lid.
  7. Smoke the brisket for 10-12 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 195-205°F (90-96°C) and the meat is tender.
  8. Remove the brisket from the smoker and let it rest for 30 minutes before slicing against the grain.
  9. Serve sliced brisket with your favorite BBQ sauce on the side

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