Barbecue season brings out the oddest behaviour in people.
What is it about a bit of sun that makes us all decide to sit outside eating badly cooked sausages and ever-so-slightly warm potato salad?
Of course, to the seasoned barbecue veterans, having a party over a flamed cooked meal is no problem. In fact, if you’re really good at it, not even the cold chill of winter will stop you from getting your barbecue on. Barbecuing is more than a skill. It’s a state of mind.
So much so that when a group of twentysomethings from Spokane, Washington started planning a backyard BBQ party for June 17th, they realised they’d be no good at grilling, so they wouldn’t even try.
Instead, the collective took to Craigslist to advertise a job posting for a “Generic Father Figure” to head up to their back yard, and take care of cooking.
No, really. Unearthed by sports reporter Lindsay Joy, according to the listing, the Dad would even have to bring his own grill to the party. “We range in age from 21-26, and while most of us know how to operate a grill, none of us are prepared to fill the role of ‘BBQ Dad’.”
The listing goes on to give a full job criteria of what makes for a BBQ Dad, including refer to all attendees as "Big Guy', "Chief", "Sport", and "Champ" while drinking beer and to talk about dad things like lawnmowers, building your own decking, and Jimmy Buffet.
Apparently the perfect candidate should have a “minimum of eighteen years experience as a father” as well as “minimum of ten years grilling experience”. There are bonus points if your name is Bill, Randy, or Dave.
As party planner Dane Anderson explained to KHQ, the advert is just a bit of fun, trying to get some added Da to their BBQ: “We just thought it would be a little better because we don’t really live with our fathers,” he said to reporter.
Enjoying a beer is also a necessity: “We’re just looking for a dad to come and crack a cold one with the boys,” says Dane.
While the group won’t be able to pay their “BBQ Dad” in cash, but they will be providing him with all of the food and cold beer that his heart desires.