No barbecue is complete without a dad manning the grill. Everyone knows that, even youngsters hosting a backyard party far from their own fathers.
Dane Anderson understands the value a dad brings to a day spent cooking out, and to help make his and his friends’ BBQ official, he decided to recruit someone to fill the role.
The twenty-something in Spokane, WA took out a hilarious ad on Craigslist seeking a “generic father figure” for the grill session, and he knew exactly the kind of dad he needed.
Posted in advance of a late June BBQ, the ad listed a few specific dad-based qualifications, including:
- A minimum of 18 years experience as a father
- A minimum of 10 years grilling experience
- An appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day
It also laid out the rent-a-dad’s duties:
- Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)
- Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)
- Refer to all attendees as “Big Guy’, “Chief”, “Sport”, “Champ” etc. (whilst drinking beer)
- Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc.
- Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.
They admitted they couldn’t pay the man, but any self-respecting dad knows that “all the food and cold beer your heart desires” is payment enough.
The seemingly ridiculous request was actually quite serious, and over 100 dads applied for the position. The ad even got a bunch of media coverage, leading to Dane and his friends, “The Boys,” attracting a deluge of sponsored swag for the soiree.
Among the freebies they landed were a bunch of Johnsonville bratwursts, a collection of custom t-shirts from Chester Copperpot Clothing, and 500 brewskies from Rainier. All of which was more than enough to make for a great BBQ, especially once you factor in the three dads – Jim, Pete, and Scott – Dane and friends selected, each of whom brought their own unique qualifications to The Boys’ backyard.
Jim, AKA Grill Dad, brought his own smoker/grill and manned it all night, providing burgers and brats. Scott, AKA Weed Dad, works at a dispensary and shared some infused goodies (it’s legal in Washington) fatherly advice. And Pete, AKA Army Dad, brought some homebrew and stories from his glory days.
Needless to say, with three dads getting the job done, the party was a huge success.