Father's Day Gift Guide

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Psst … hey, Father’s Day is this weekend. Oh, it didn’t sneak up on you like it did for me? My daughter is still small, so I’m on the hook for my husband’s day and I didn't even realize how close it was until late last week. Even if it didn’t sneak up on you, I have a couple of recommendations for deserving dads if you still need some ideas. And for those of you who are dads and would like to make some helpful suggestions to the kids.

First up, the folks over at Puckett’s have a new line of rubs and seasonings available in their stores. There’s an all-purpose seasoning,”Burger Shake,” “Rib Rub,” and my favorite, the “Butt Rub.” They’re available at each Puckett’s location in Columbia, Franklin and Nashville, as well as online. They also sell marinades, sauces, and coffee.

If you’re looking for other food-related gifts, it may be too late to order a Father's Day Batch to be delivered by this weekend (the deadline is today), but take a look at the descriptions of Batch's gift boxes and you’ll have a good list of dad-friendly gifts from which to choose. They’ve got ideas for more local rubs and sauces as well as cocktail mixers and a few other nifty items.

If that special dad is a new one or new to grilling for the family, ManBQue has a new book that promises to be the “griller’s bible,” including which beers pair best with what you’ve grilled. It would be the perfect accessory for the Weber One Touch grill, which is consistently rated as one of the best grills and best values (and what I gave to my husband for his first Father’s Day gift).

While we’re still somewhat on the topic of barbecue and grilling out, I also want to mention a cool item I discovered recently, Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet. It’s like a reusable (nonstick) parchment for your grill. It’s great for fish, vegetables, pizza or anything else that might get messy or you want to have protected from the grill. The grill marks still come through, though, as well as the smoky flavor. We used it recently to keep my veggie dogs free from “contamination” from non-vegetarian items. It’s also a good item for folks who don’t like to clean their grill after every use. It can also be used in the oven and microwave. And it’s only about $15.

For a nice evening out, treat dad (or treat yourself) to a nifty Four Roses bourbon tasting over at Mason’s. The event is Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the patio and includes a flight of your choice of the Four Roses bourbons plus small bites from the Mason’s kitchen, such as crispy oysters with red-eye BBQ aioli and peach hot slaw, and pork belly grit cakes with collard green kimchi and huckleberry chutney. The best part? It’s only $10 per person. For reservations, call 615-321-1990.

If you can’t make it to the tasting, I’m sure a bottle of Four Roses or another fine spirit or craft beer would be a good gift. Specialty food stores and groceries such as Lazzaroli, Green Door Gourmet, Marché, Porter Road Butcher/The Bloomy Rind, or even Williams-Sonoma are all great places to find some unique and inspired consumable gifts. And if none of this appeals to you (or you are out of time), you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate and the promise of meal together at his favorite restaurant.

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