Happy Father’s Day! As we all take a moment to appreciate the child-adjacent men in our lives, consider what might make for an extra special treat this year. Some cannabis-infused dude food, of course.
Sure, we all love a good necktie or “World’s Greatest Dad” mug, but save those biggies for the actual kids. Between friends and consenting adults, let’s treat ourselves with some amazing infusions for Father’s Day that will both cause and satisfy some serious munchies.
Cannabis Cracker Jacks
If your dad doesn’t like Cracker Jacks, he may have dental work, or he may be a secret killer robot here on Earth to destroy humanity. We’re sorry for you.
- 16 cups popcorn, freshly-popped (about 3 bags of microwave popcorn or ½ cup unpopped kernels)
- 2 cups roasted, salted peanuts (regular or Spanish)
- ½ cup or 1 stick cannabutter
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar (light or dark, your choice, but will affect the look)
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Sea salt, to taste
- Optional: gloves, butter, or oil for your hands, to work with
Preheat oven to 250° F. Grease or line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
If you’re using kernels, pop the popcorn. Remove any un-popped kernels.
Place popcorn into one large stock pot or two large mixing bowls. Add the peanuts and combine.
Over medium heat, melt butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in brown sugar to dissolve. Whisk in molasses, corn syrup, and salt.
Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 8 minutes until the temperature on a candy thermometer reads 250°F. Remove from the heat.
Stir in vanilla and baking soda.
Quickly coat the popped corn and nuts with hot caramel in the pot or bowls and gently toss until everything seems even. Some like to work with their hands to achieve this, so you might want gloves or to butter your hands.
Divide the popcorn mixture in half between the two baking sheets, spreading the mixture evenly into a thin layer. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with a little sea salt, and allow to form chunks and cool in pans for 20 to 30 minutes. Before serving, separate the popcorn into pieces by hand.
This can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container, but it’s best the day it’s made, which your dad will confirm.
The Best Infused Pizza
You saw it here first, and let’s face it: you don’t have to be a dude or a dad to appreciate delicious, homemade pizza. Especially with cannabis!
Infused Barbecue Sauce
To turn any cookout into a cannabis session—or render any number of dad-approved foods infused—try this homemade barbeque sauce. Because it has both canola oil and butter in it, you can infuse in two ways if you want to, so play around with potency as needed.
Pour or brush this onto your meat or ribs for grilling, serve on burgers, it’s all good.
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 yellow onions, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 4 to 8 cloves garlic, crushed and minced as finely as possible
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ cup bourbon or root beer
- ½ cup brown sugar, light or dark
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup ketchup (we like a spicier type like Sir Kensington’s)
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 to 4 tablespoons cannabutter
- Optional: cayenne to taste
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a saucepot. Add onions and salt and cook until light golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
Add the tomato paste stirring frequently and cook for about 2 additional minutes, constantly stirring, until the sauce starts to brown. Remove from heat and carefully deglaze by adding the bourbon or root beer.
Return the pot to medium-high heat. Reduce the volume by about half, and then add the brown sugar. Cook until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the smoked paprika, allspice, cumin, and cayenne if you’re using it, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, molasses, mustard, and Worcestershire.
Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes until the mixture is thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
Purée in a blender on high speed until smooth. Reduce the blender speed to low and add cannabutter one tablespoon at a time. Be sure you again have a smooth, shiny, even sauce.
For us, one of the best ways to get cannabis is by eating it, and one of the best ways to eat food is by cooking a huge breakfast at any time of the day or night. Here is your sky high lumberjack breakfast checklist:
Baste fried eggs in infused cooking oil or cannabutter if you like. Scrambled eggs benefit from the same cooking fat situation, and cannamilk if you have some.
Knock yourself out with whatever you like!
Ahhhh, the carbs. The real reason we’re all here.
Infused Pancakes or Waffles: You learned how right here!
Buttermilk biscuits, infused: Add gravy if you want some biscuits and gravy, or just slather in butter and honey, infused or not, your call.
The other carbs! Bring them to us.
Hashbrowns: Cook these in infused cooking oil or cannabutter over medium-high heat in a large skillet until they’re good and crispy.
Roasted potatoes: Roast these diced potatoes at 425F in regular oil and serve them with a good coating of infused cooking oil or cannabutter. You don’t want to roast away those cannabinoids.
Breakfast without something sweet is unethical.
Infused Monkey Bread: a grown up reason to keep licking your fingers.
Cannabis Coffee Cake: seriously, you won’t bake a better cake, and there isn’t a cake out there that can bake you up for the morning for effectively, either.
Anything to Drink With That?
You’ll want to avoid cottonmouth, after all.
Coffee Generation: Infused Bulletproof Coffee
Tea Leaves, Please: Infused Chai
Final Thoughts on Infused Dude Food
Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or just interested in the best infused food available, we get it. There are times when nothing will do but the food of the dude. Oh—and Happy Father’s Day, all year long.