Giveaway: Perfect Father’s Day Gift for Every Dad Who Loves to Grill and Every Budget! (US, Ends 6/27)

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First, a quick quiz about grilling!

Test your knowledge!

Are you a weekend warrior?

A rookie on the barbie?

A true grillmaster?

1.  What is the most popular holiday for grilling?

a.  Father’s Day

b.  4th of July

c. Memorial Day

d.  Labor Day

2.  What is the most popular thing to cook on a grill?

a.  Steak

b.  Hot Dogs

c.  Burgers

d.  Chicken

3.  Who was the first US President to barbecue at the White House?

a.  George Washington

b.  Thomas Jefferson

c.  Jimmy Carter

d. George Bush

The answers are at the end of the post!

Can you guess what the perfect Father’s Day Gift would be?  

A grilling basket of goodies!

Put together dad’s favorite meal – perhaps a thick steak, baking potatoes – and grilling accessories.  I found these fun things at Sear’s and added our Father’s Day dinner ingredients!


Grab a bright color tub and fill it with grilling goodies for Dad, as much as your budget allows!

Sears has a great selection of grills and grilling accessories

Aren't these fun? Perfect for the man in your life that loves Craftsman tools! (Don't they all?)

A Grill Mat and Light are practical to include in a basket of goodies!


This grill basket is perfect for grilling veggies!

Doesn't the new grill mat look awesome?

Did you know that 86% of US households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker!  Wow!  My husband, Sean, cooks on our grill almost year round.  He loves to make hot dogs, grilled chicken, and occasionally we splurge on steak.  I would definitely classify him as a true grillmaster.  He enjoys cooking the protein but also ventures into veggies and side dishes.  He makes a delicious potato and onion side dish, mmmm.  Stay tuned, my next post announcing the giveaway winner will also have his recipe!  When I asked my husband to share his tips about grilling, these were his favorites:

Tip #1  Pre-heat the grill.

Don’t just turn on the grill and slap down the food.  It only takes a few minutes on a gas grill or a bit longer for charcoal, but you get a much better “sear” when you pre-heat the grill.  (And a cool “sizzle”!)   Take your meat out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter top long enough to come to room temperature.  This will also help to cook the meat evenly.  Did you know searing meat caramelizes the sugars and browns the proteins present in meat, resulting in more appealing color and flavor?

Tip #2 Don’t fuss with the food

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the less you do, the better the food will taste.  Avoid turning the meat too often, moving it around on the grill, picking it up to peek.  Put it down solidly on the hot grill and then leave it for approximately two minutes.  This will sear in the juices and keep your meat moist.  After the two minutes, turn it once to sear the other side.  After the second two minutes, turn down the heat, close the cover and let the meat cook through.  Don’t pick it up, move it around, flip it over and over.  Let it cook!

Tip #3 Use tongs, never a fork

Because the searing seals in the juices, use tongs to turn the meat rather than a fork, or anything that will pierce the meat and let the moisture escape.  Using tongs or flippers will give you a tender, moist main dish.


Pre-heat your grill for maximum searing.


Sears has a great selection of grills and grill accessories.  How about surprising Dad with a new grill this year!  Or a gift card for him to go pick out his own.  There are some deals too – like you can receive a $20 gift card with the purchase of a Hamilton Beach 3 burner gas grill at Sears now thru 6/10

Want to see how our steaks turned out?  Here’s the final Dad’s Day Celebration meal!

Great Father's Day celebration meal!

Lots of great meals have come off our Kenmore grill!

Check out the Sears  Outdoor Catalog and then head to your local Sears – Destination Dad!  Click on the picture of the catalog to see the great patio sets, outdoor decor, grills, and grilling accessories.

Destination Dad - Sears! Great signs in our local Sears store!

One lucky KLY reader is going to win a Grillfinity Gourmet 3-Piece Grilling Tool Set!! Enter in the Rafflecopter form below.  The winner will be announced in a post on July 2nd.  So tune in then to see if you won. (winner will also be emailed)

Attention Chicago Area Readers!

I hope you’ll join me at the Naperville Ribfest.  It’s going to be a blast!  Ty Pennington will be joining the grilling and outdoor living authorities from Sears at Ribfest on June 30th!  From noon to 6 p.m., Ribfest attendees can experience demonstrations by Sears grilling experts, get a photo with Pennington, have a chance to get their grill on with him or even enter to win a grill and other great prizes.  Television host and author George Hirsch, “Grill Grrrl” Robyn Lindars, and “Burnin’ Love BBQ” chef Perry Perkins will be demonstrating their favorite dishes, including healthy meals, quick fixes, desserts, and BBQ classics.  Join the live tweeting during the event from @Sears #GrillingIsHappiness.

I’m going to be there and I hope you’ll join me in the fun!  Proceeds from Ribfest benefit Exchange, America’s Service Club which is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national program—The Prevention of Child Abuse.

Have you heard about Shop Your Way?  It’s the rewards program at Sears and Kmart.  It’s free to sign up and there are a ton of benefits.  My favorite?  You get an email copy of your receipt!  How cool is that?  I go crazy trying to keep track of receipts and finding them when I need to return something.   Now they will be in my email folder!  Yay!  There are also cash rewards based on how much you spend, that you can redeem on any purchase!  It took me all of 3 minutes to sign up and even though I did print out my “membership card”, the cashiers can look it up by your phone number.

If you’d like to see more photos of my shopping trip and grilling adventure, check out my google plus photo album!

For more on Sears Outdoor:

For more on Naperville’s Ribfest:


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Answers to the Grilling Questions:  The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day (57 percent), and Labor Day (55 percent).  The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).  Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric #GrillingIsHappiness


  1. 1
    Linda Kish says:

    I like the Retro Collection on page 48

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. 2

    Your gift basket idea for dad is fantastic! And I love all the great Dad signage at your sears. It totally makes me want to shop for more grilling accessories! Thanks for sharing.

  3. 3

    I love the gift idea for Father’s Day! We’re grilling fools around here and my husband would love something like that. Thanks for the idea, I’m stealing it! ;) And have fun at Ribfest. *JEALOUS*

  4. 4
    Carrie Phelps says:

    I love their Kendall collection.

  5. 5

    I remember how beautiful Naperville was! Great memories!

  6. 6
    MommaMary says:

    I used to live in Itasca before moving and will miss going to the Ribfest, always good food, good bands and always good fun!

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