Father’s day is on June 17th, and for many families, the classic gift for dad includes a delicious grilled meal complete with some new grilled accessories to top it off. When you want to give dad an evening off from running the grill, we have you covered with a quick grilling guide for beginners!

Every grill master needs their essential tools, preparation, and – of course – meat. We walk you through the basics in the following five steps:

  1. The grill. Do you want charcoal or gas? The debate runs strong between charcoal and gas, but truth is, they both get the job done beautifully, so choose whichever is your preference. Do note: charcoal grills take more patience and skill, so if you are truly a beginner, we recommend sticking with the gas grill option.
  2. The ignition. Depending on the type of grill you select, you will need the proper ignition. For charcoal, you will need your selected briquettes, lighter fluid, and a charcoal starter. For a gas grill, all you will need is a full propane tank!
  3. The prep. For any used grill, keeping the grates clean is essential to getting the smoky, grilled flavor we all love. So, before laying your meal down on the grill, make sure to scrub the grates with a grate brushto remove any charred debris from the last cook.
  4. The food. The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to grill-able foods, but the preparation is consistent. You want to oil the food (not the grill), take your meat out at least an hour before grilling to allow it to come to room temperature and season it at this time too, and do not add sugary marinades (i.e. barbecue sauce) to meat already on the grill as this will cause burning (The Spruce Eats).
  5. The technique. If you want the perfect grill marks, give your meat a quarter turn on each side. Always use tongs when handling your meat – not a fork or knife. Finally, check your temperatures. Get a well-working meat thermometer to make sure you don’t undercook or overcook your food!

With these beginner tips in your pocket (or grilling apron), you are surely ready to grill dad up a feast that will make him feel extra loved and appreciated this Father’s Day.