Do you throw a big party or get together for Memorial Day?? We always have a BBQ with family and assign each person to bring a dish to share. Whoever is hosting typically is in charge of the main dish or grilling the meats, and then everyone else brings sides, salads, desserts, drinks, etc.
I put together this collection with our favorite Memorial Day Recipes from each category, so hopefully if you’re assigned to bring something specific, you can find the perfect recipe to make for your holiday gathering!
Before we get into the list of recipes, however, I have a few tips to make sure your Memorial Day BBQ is a real hit!
Tips for Memorial Day Gatherings
BBQ FOOD TIPS: Keep these things in mind when preparing food for this holiday.
Clean the grill a few days before the event.
Keep lids or plastic wrap handy to keep food covered and pesky bugs out.
Plan Menu ahead of time. This helps with shopping and if guests offer to bring a dish.
If keeping food in a cooler be sure to separate meats and poultry from other food items.
Food should not be out for more than 2 hours. Only put out enough food that can be consumed within that window of time. Keep extra portions in a cold cooler or fridge.
Take meats out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before grilling.
Cook and Serve meat according to done, medium and rare. Have designated signs labeling which plate is which.
Have a box of baking soda on hand in case of a grill fire.
OUTDOOR PARTY TIPS: Just a few things that may help if planning a party outside for Memorial Day.
Pick up the yard beforehand. Be sure there aren’t any tools left out that children may get hurt on.
Seating: Have plenty of seating set up around the yard. A Pic Nic Blanket is easy and perfect for children.
Tables: Older guests will especially appreciate a table. Also, provide tables if you’re serving anything that needs to be cut with a knife. No one one wants to try that on their lap.
Avoid long lines: Set food out in such a way that there can be more than one point of access.
Lighting: If your BBQ is going to extend into the evening, be sure to have lighting such as torches or strings of light . A fire pit is also fun to have at night.
Shade: Use umbrellas or awnings. You can even string up bed sheets. Your guests will appreciate the shade.
Be sure to provide plenty of trash bins.
Have lawn games available
Music adds nice element
It’s common to grill meats on Memorial Day, since the weather is warming up, and nothing is better than the smell of grilling on a Summer holiday!
Plan on serving each adult 6 to 8 ounces of meat. Children will only need 3-4 ounces. Note that people tend to eat more in the evening than during the day.
Main CourseDr. Pepper Ribs Recipe
Pork ribs cooked in Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and smothered in BBQ Sauce. These Dr. Pepper ribs are fall off the bone delicious!
This is Our All-Time Favorite Steak marinade! It requires only four ingredients, and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this Easy Steak Marinade recipe because it's just that good!!
Delicious homemade boneless chicken wings, double breaded, baked to a crispy perfection, then smothered in sweet and tangy honey bbq sauce. This Boneless Honey BBQ Wings recipe makes for the perfect game day appetizer, or weekend dinner item!
This Delicious and Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep. Use the pork for any recipe, including Pulled Pork sandwiches, and you'll love just how simple and tasty it is.
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad - it's simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it's hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Are Simple, Quick , And Delicious. Chicken Smothered In Barbecue Sauce And Wrapped In Bacon Make For A Popular Appetizer At Any Gathering! These Savory Little Chicken Bites Vanish In Minutes!
This Recipe Is Inspired By One Of Our Favorite Disneyland Foods – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers From Bengal Barbecue! These Skewers Only Require 4 Ingredients And Take Less Than 10 Minutes On The Grill!
It’s fun to make patriotic themed desserts for Memorial day, or serve cold desserts like ice cream cakes since the weather is hot. We have a more elaborate collection of Memorial Day Desserts, but here is a small list of favorites.
Plan for each guest to be able to have two servings of dessert. The more dessert options there are, the less of each dessert you’ll have to make.
DessertRed White and Blueberry Cupcakes Recipe
Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes - the perfect patriotic treat for your next BBQ or picnic!
These Mini Fruit Tarts are a delicious and simple summer dessert! Made by filling mini tart cups with an amazing homemade cream and topped with your favorite fruit, these mini treats are perfect for any get together.
Disneyland's Copycat Mint Julep recipe - a non-alcoholic drink that is refreshing and DELICIOUS!! Made with lemonade concentrate, creme de menthe syrup, lime juice, sugar, and club soda - topped with mint leaves and cherries!
The perfect cold drink for sipping on a hot summer day! This delicious Sparkling Peach Lemonade is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. Fantastic for picnics, parties and showers, too!
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