35 Memorial Day BBQ Recipes

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To help you kick off your summer barbecue season with the perfect menu for a Memorial Day BBQ or cookout, we’ve compiled 35 of the best appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts, and drinks. Take the stress out of finding great recipes to share with friends and family by compiling your complete menu right here.

BBQ Recipes

There’s nothing better than dusting off the grill, getting out the skewers, mixing up the cocktails and making it a fun and food filled Memorial Day. These awesome Memorial Day BBQ recipes will have you feasting your eyes and your stomachs. Click the link to see the full recipe.

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Easy Guacamole Recipe
Packed with good monounsaturated fats and fiber, this easy guacamole recipe makes a healthy and irresistible snack.
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simple homemade guacamole
Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. This fun variation of the traditional Caprese salad replaces the classic tomato with sweet strawberries, which pair beautifully with the rich balsamic blaze and fresh basil.
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strawberry caprese skewers
Stuffed Cucumber Bites
These stuffed cucumber bites are an easy cold appetizer or snack. They make a tasty addition to a picnic or packed lunch too.
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Stuffed Cucumbers
BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
These BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls are packed with delicious pulled pork, tangy bbq sauce, and crispy coleslaw.
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BBQ Pulled Pork Eggrolls
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Just because you’re on a keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t grill up amazing appetizers like these Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Spears.
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Classic Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
A classic Mexican street food, this corn on the cob is charred on the grill, then slathered in mayo, and topped with tangy Cotija cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
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mexican street corn


Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad
This Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad combines fusilli pasta with corn, black beans, bell pepper and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.
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corn and black bean pasta salad
Mediterranean Potato Salad with Feta
This Mediterranean Potato Salad recipe is a great BBQ side dish! It’s made with Kalamata olives and feta cheese in a creamy lemon dressing.
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Mediterranean Potato Salad
Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing is a colorful, irresistible treat for any summer occasion. Whether a pool party, backyard barbecue, or picnic, this fruit salad will steal the show with its vibrant, fresh fruit and sweet, zesty dressing!
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Fruit Salad
Broccoli Salad
This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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broccoli salad
Zesty Antipasto Salad Recipe
This zesty antipasto salad is filled with all of the best Italian flavors. Cooked cheese tortellini is mixed with roasted red peppers, pepperoncini peppers, black olives, mozzarella cheese, and chunks of both salami and pepperoni. All of these delicious ingredients are topped off with a homemade Italian dressing for a tasty side dish that everyone will love!
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Antipasto Salad

Main Dish

Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is the ultimate recipe to make tender and flavorful pulled pork from a Pork Butt or Shoulder.
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Pulled Pork Sandwich
Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs
As soon as you taste these marinated grilled chicken thighs it will be the only thing you want to grill, thanks to the marinade that's packed with flavor.
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marinated chicken thighs
North Carolina Style Pulled Pork
This is the best smoked pulled pork recipe you’ll ever make. Traditionally made, in North Carolina style, I use tangy mop sauce for basting and wood chips for smoking on the grill.
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North Carolina pulled pork
Bourbon Bacon Chicken Skewers
These Bourbon Bacon BBQ Chicken Skewers will be the hit of your barbecue this summer, because who can resist bourbon and bacon?
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Bourbon Bacon BBQ Chicken Skewers
Oven-Roasted Tri Tip Steak
This oven-roasted Tri Tip steak is an easy-to-make, low-cost, and super flavorful dinner that you’ll surely fall in love with. It is perfect for a family BBQ or summer dinner idea.
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Tri Tip
Easy Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Oven-baked baby back ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and flavorful, just like grilled ribs, but with a lot less effort.
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baked baby back ribs
Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings
These delicious Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then cooked to perfection. They're so crispy and delicious, you won't be able to stop eating them.
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Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
This homemade vanilla ice cream uses a custard-style base to make a creamy deliciously scoopable homemade ice cream.
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homemade vanilla ice cream
No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
Who could resist this decadent, rich, silky No-Bake Oreo cheesecake, with none of the bake time? It’s a no-brainer, especially for summertime when no-bake is a must.
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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
These easy no-bake scotcheroos are rich, decadent, and packed full of chocolate and butterscotch flavor.
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two stacked scotcheroo bars
Easy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Combine two of your favorite desserts into one delicious treat with these homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches, made with boxed or homemade brownies and your favorite ice cream.
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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich
The perfect marriage of rich chocolaty brownie and buttery chewy cookies.
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Brookies with PB Cups
Frozen Cheesecake Popsicle Recipe
This Frozen Cheesecake Popsicle Recipe is amazing! Made with cheesecake ice cream and sweet berry compote, these red white and blue popsicles are the perfect way to celebrate summer.
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Cheesecake Popsicles
Gooey Browned Butter S’mores Bars
These gooey browned butter s’mores bars truly live up to their name. They are ooey, gooey, and decadent. If you love s’mores, then these are a must try!
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gooey browned butter smore bars
Old Fashioned Lemon Icebox Pie
No summer gathering is complete without a cool slice of lemon icebox pie! This tangy, creamy pie is made with a homemade graham cracker crust, lemony custard filling, and freshly whipped cream and is sure to make you the star of the barbecue!
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Lemon Icebox Pie

Drinks and Cocktails

Limoncello Spritz
Get a taste of summer with our take on this classic Italian cocktail that uses sweet Limoncello as a substitute in the classic spritz.
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Limoncello spritz
Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea
This fresh and fruity Blackberry Iced Tea uses in-season fruit to create a tasty summer drink. The instant pot is fantastic for making tea.
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Blackberry Iced Tea
Raspberry Gin Fizz
This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a great cocktail for a summer holiday, like 4th of July or Labor Day. The colors are vibrant and you can make them in a large batch to serve at a barbecue.
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raspberry gin fizz
Classic Moscow Mule Recipe
The Classic Moscow Mule has a very good balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and boozy, but watch out…they go down easy!
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Moscow Mule
Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea
You can make a batch of Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea in just 15 minutes and it won’t heat up your kitchen like it does on the stovetop. Its the perfect drink for a lazy summer afternoon.
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Peach Iced Tea
Watermelon Vodka Lemonade
This refreshing watermelon vodka lemonade is super quick and easy to prepare. It combines 2 iconic summer treats and is perfect for a backyard BBQ.
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Watermelon Vodka Lemonade
The Best Strawberry Mojito Recipe
This Strawberry Mojito is packed with fresh, vibrant strawberries and mint, mixed with sugar and rum and soda water.
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Strawberry Mojito
Hippie Juice Cocktail for a Crowd
This delicious summer cocktail is made with lemonade and watermelon vodka to make the summer’s best big-batch cocktail for parties and gatherings.
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Hippie Juice

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4 thoughts on “35 Memorial Day BBQ Recipes

  1. Sara Welch says:

    What a great roundup of recipes! Looks like I have my Memorial Day menu planned out perfectly! Excited to give these a try, indeed!

  2. Jessica Formicola says:

    I can’t wait to try ALL of these recipes! Especially those Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze!

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