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What's cooking for Dad this Sunday

  • Grilled bacon wrapped baked potatoes, prepared by Michel-Schlumberger Winery chef Michael Pryor. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / THE PD)

More women than ever are taking control of the outdoor barbecue, with a record 25 percent fearlessly flipping burgers and steaks, according to a new survey by the company that produces Weber grills.

So if Dad needs a break from the heat this Sunday, there's no reason why Mom can't grab the tongs and fire up the grill for a festive Father's Day feast.

Chef Michael Pryor of Michel-Schlumberger winery has planned several barbecue menus this summer aimed at welcoming guests of all ages to the winery.

“On Father's Day, it's going to be steak and potatoes — Father's favorite meal,” Pryor said. “It's an outdoor picnic with lawn games like putt-putt, badminton, petanque and Frisbee golf.”

For the manly fiesta, Pryor has planned a delicious, all-grilled menu of tri-tip sandwiches, grilled baked potatoes and corn on the cob.

“I love steak, and I like to cook it myself,” Pryor said. “There's a lot of good steak available in the area.”

For the Father's Day picnic, Pryor will sear the tri-tip on the hot side of the grill for a few minutes, then move it to the slow side of the grill for about an hour.

“I always have a couple of different temperatures going on the grill,” he said.

“You want one that's good for larger cuts that can get the sear on, and one where you can let them go low and slow.”

On a gas grill with three burners, you can simply turn off the burner in the middle and cook over it for indirect heat. On a charcoal grill, keep the coals and the fire off to one side.

With charcoal, it's best to let the fire die down a bit before grilling so that you don't burn the outside of the steak, Pryor said. If you want to grill a New York strip, Porterhouse or T-bone steak, place the thicker side of the meat closer to the fire.

By cooking the tri-tip on low to medium heat, Pryor will be able to keep the meat from getting tough on the outside.

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