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“Some of my favorite memories with my dad were made while skiing. My dad always loved finding big jumps and getting ‘airtime’ as he would say. When my dad was about 60 years old, he went off a massive jump at Alta Ski Resort that dropped down into some deep powder. He crashed pretty bad and rolled deep into the snow; I was pretty nervous, wondering if he would be alright. But when he came up out of the snow, his head completely covered in white, he raised both of his hands giving me two thumbs up and yelled, ‘Yeah!’ I will never forget that moment.” – Joel Clark, Kodiak Cakes co-founder & CEO

This weekend, we’re celebrating the man who taught you how to ride a bike, let you dress him up for make-believe games, played catch with you in the backyard, cooked the best flapjacks on Sunday morning, and snuck you treats when mom wasn’t looking. To help make your father, father figure in your life, or husband feel extra special this Sunday, we’re sharing four activities you can do with him to celebrate Father’s Day.

Fishing

Fishing is a fun activity for all ages to enjoy. Whether you and your dad decide to drift out onto the lake or stroll up a riverbank — fishing together is a classic memory. With a few snacks on hand and some cold drinks along the way, you’ll be surprised how fast time flies while casting lines. Don’t know how to fish? This may be the perfect opportunity to ask your dad to teach you.

Campfire Stories

Grab a few logs and a match while you and your dad take time to reminisce over some of your favorite memories or maybe chat about all the future adventures you have planned together. Whichever conversational trail you take around the campfire, make the moment even more meaningful for your dad by asking questions about times he shared with his father, advice he may have for situations you may face, or just his favorite campfire memory from growing up.

Croquet

Does your dad spend countless hours tending to his backyard? From mowing the lawn to fixing sprinklers, yard maintenance is tough and time consuming. Compliment his hard work by challenging him to a fun lawn game this Father’s Day. One of our favorites is Croquet — a game played by hitting wooden or plastic balls through hoops using a wooden mallet. Make it extra fun by playing for something like dinner, the last cookie, or who gets to pick the next movie.

BBQ

Dads inherently love to BBQ – or that’s what we all assume, right? Tap into your inner chef this Father’s Day and ask your dad to spend some quality time around the charcoal with you creating the perfect Sunday dinner. If he hasn’t taught you the art of grilling already, it’s your chance to pick up a few pointers and tips. Not sure what to cook? This BBQ Pork Sandwich makes for a delicious meal that your dad is sure to love!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwich

Total time: 10 hr 15 mins | Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • ¼ cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 3 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 8 Kodiak Cakes Thick & Fluffy Waffles
  • 1 cup coleslaw
  • 4 pickles

Directions:

  1. Place garlic and onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Pour the broth or water over the onions.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, salt, and paprika in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the spice mixture over the pork and place over the garlic and onions in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  6. Turn off the slow cooker, remove the pork shoulder, and place it on a cutting board.
  7. Strain the liquid from the slow cooker to discard.
  8. Use two forks to shred the pork. Then, return the shredded meat to the slow cooker.
  9. Stir the BBQ sauce into the pulled pork to coat.
  10. Microwave Kodiak Cakes Thick & Fluffy Waffles for 30 seconds. Then, toast on the lowest setting until hot and crispy throughout.
  11. Place the BBQ pulled pork and ¼ cup coleslaw between two waffles. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
  12. Serve with a pickle.

Pro Tip: To speed up cook time, cook the pork on high for 6-8 hours.

Memories are priceless, so we hope these activities are just what you needed to create a few of your own with your dad this Father’s Day!

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