Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cooking with Dad

Cooking with Dad

What is it about the male breed?  Young or old, they often fight with all of their might the chore of making themselves a simple sandwich in the kitchen for lunch.  But put them in front of an open camp fire or barbecue grill, and they turn into Master Chefs!

Maybe it’s the fire.  Maybe it’s the outdoors.  Maybe it’s the sizzling noises and crackling sounds of the juices dripping into the red hot embers.  It doesn’t really matter, because Cooking with Dad in the great outdoors is one of those cherished father and son moments that is a common rite of passage.  

It might start with their very first Cub Scout overnight camping trip, when the grownups teach the younger lads of the correct and safe procedures for building a fire.  It takes a lot of work, chopping wood, finding the kindling, and clearing the area underneath.  And constructing a perfectly shaped campfire requires very specific principles in architecture and construction, a trait that is only instinctual for men, after all.  Then, once the work is complete and the fire is ready to be set, the thrill of using the lighter fluid to get start the flames dancing is always a big thrill.

Fathers and sons watch patiently, awaiting for the fire to transform into the glowing red embers that provide the best cooking benefits.  The hot dogs and burgers are ready to be placed.  The marshmallows and graham crackers are waiting nearby.  Dad lets the young boy place the first slab of beef on the grill all by himself.  The son watches the meat turn from its raw state into the best tasting burger known to mankind.  Who knew that hamburger started out looking like red play-doh?  

Of course, as a boy turns into a teen and the his Dad approaches middle age, the “need for speed” is always a critical factor.  Now we demand the power and technological gadgetry of a high performing gas grill with all of the contraptions and gizmos.    But, “Dads will be Dads”, and they still feel the need to properly educate their male offspring on the proper ways to manage this delicate machinery.  The teenagers simply want to play with the knobs and see how high they can get the flames to shoot.

However, Dad knows that cooking outdoors is a true form of manly art.  It takes time.  It takes patience.  It takes the experience and wisdom that can only come with age.  The young man watches his father’s every move, wondering how he learned all of these neat tricks.  This is when Dad breaks out his famous “secret sauce” and brushes it across the roasting meat.  We no longer are talking about hamburgers and hot dogs.  We have a high powered gas grill now!  This calls for swordfish and chicken, for tenderloin and shish kabobs. 

The upgraded menu requires a great deal of extra attention.  The sauce must be brushed evenly over the rotating meat, several times throughout the process.  Dad explains that the heat must be lower to allow the juices to sink in and intensify the great man-like taste of their creations.  The sauce has to be mixed “just right”, otherwise it will overpower the flavor of the meat.  Outdoor barbecuing is a delicate dance that involves a great deal of skill, far more skill than anything that you could possible cook inside the home kitchen!

Cooking with Dad is a rite of passage that every young man looks forward to.  Eventually, Dad steps away, nonchalantly asking Junior to tend to the grill.  Out of the corner of his eye, the father watches his son’s excitement of being allowed to approach the massive mechanical outdoor cooking device, alone and without adult supervision.  His son has now become a man. 

At Just Boys Bedding we understand how important it is for father's and son's to spend quality time together.   We hope the men in your house are enjoying cooking outdoors together, or even in the kitchen.  Special times, special memories, for both. 


  1. You are right, there is something about the out doors. My son does scouts, and my hubby really gets into it. It's like male bonding, I guess. I don't know. I don't have to go - and they are very happy to do it together - so it's all good!

    Thank you for this lovely post!

    Thanks also for linking up with us at the Mommy Monday Blog Hop.

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  2. Too funny! I'm blessed with a hubby who is great at the grill and in the kitchen. Food preparation is most certainly a wonderful bonding time for him and our kids (both our boy and girl!). Thanks for sharing with the Tuesday Baby Link Up Community!