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Craigslist ad for 'BBQ Dad' goes viral, students seek generic man for Father's Day cookout

Nobody operates a grill like a beer-guzzling, lawncare-loving, middle-aged dad, so say a group of twentysomethings in Washington State.

College student Dane Anderson and his roommates in Spokane, Wash., recently posted an ad on Craigslist in the hopes of procuring a grillmaster for a Father’s Day cookout they’re planning June 17.

According to KHQ, Anderson's own father — and those of his roommates — live too far away to come into town for the holiday weekend. The boys say they aren’t yet “prepared to fill the role of BBQ Dad,” so they’re contracting out the job to interested parties in the Spokane area.

“We really want a dad,” Anderson told KHQ-TV.

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Anderson’s Craigstlist post, titled “NEEDED: Generic Father for Backyard BBQ,” also makes it clear that he and his buddies aren’t looking for just any “BBQ Dad.” The perfect candidate should meet the many requirements they’d like their “dad” to have, including his name.

For starters, Anderson and his roommates specify that applicants should have a “minimum of 18 years as a father,” as well as “a minimum of 10 years grilling experience.” The ideal applicant should also love drinking an ice-cold beer on a summer day, and if his name is “Bill, Randy or Dave,” all the better.

Aside from grilling, the duties of “BBQ Dad” will include: supplying said grill; drinking beer; chatting it up with Anderson and his buddies-- preferably while referring to cookout attendees as “Big Guy, Chief, Sport” or “Champ”-- and discussing superficially dad-like things, such as “lawnmowers, building your own deck,” and “Jimmy Buffet.”

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The job of “BBQ Dad” doesn’t pay much but the ad promises the ideal candidate “all of the food and cold beer that his heart desires.”

“We’re just looking for a dad to come crack a cold one open with the boys,” Anderson told KHQ.

Anderson and his pals have already reportedly received several offers from nearby dads, although the college student wouldn't confirm if he or his roommates had settled on a “dad” for their party.

As Fox 28 also suggests, the boys might be putting their search on hold for the time being: “We were actually all talking last night and we are deciding that Bill Murray would be the best,” he said. “So we’re holding out.”