Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gearing Up For Memorial Day Weekend: My Top 10 Grilling Recipes + What to Take to the Cook Out

From my experience, the Memorial Day gathering is all about the grillin'. I betcha weren't invited to a cook in. Heck no. You're cooking out! This holiday is about remembering and honoring the men and women who sacrifice so much in the service of our country. On Memorial Day, I take the opportunity to reflect on how grateful and proud I am to be an American and how thankful I am for the victories that this collective sacrifice has won.

Also, for me, Memorial Day symbolizes the beginning of summer. We want to be outside, enjoying the gorgeous weather and the freedoms that we've been afforded. We want to go to parades, head to the lake, gather with friends and family, and throw meat on a fire and listen to it sizzle! (Insert Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor man noises here). For this reason, I have decided to re-visit 10 of my favorite grilling recipes. Just click the link and it will take you to the original post. Each post featured here has a printable recipe available!

(In no particular order)

Alton Brown's Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Hoisin Chicken (tied for 1st place as my favorite chicken on the grill recipe)

Totally Edible Turkey Burgers The only turkey burger I've ever loved.

The Giant Grilled Submarine Sandwich

Kentucky Grilled Chicken (The other contender for my favorite grilled chicken recipe)

Supreme Pizza Burgers

Two of the best kabob recipes EVER:

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

and Beef on a Stick

Dress up your dogs with this tasty chili sauce! Chili Cheese Dogs

And for my 10th selection: Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches. Topped with a delicious mustard-horseradish sauce, these are so good!

Okay I said 10, but a couple of honorable mentions are in order:

First, these Country Style Barbecued Ribs

And these Inside Out Bacon Cheeseburgers with a Grilled Onion Mayo.

Now for more recipes for the Memorial Weekend Cookout....

A few appetizers:

If you haven't tried SLIDERS yet, you are missing out!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Bruschetta

Some salads:

Rotini Salad. This is my go-to pasta salad recipe...SO GOOD! I wish that I had a better picture...

Mexican Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Aaron McCargo Jr.'s Potato Salad

Italian Chopped Salad

Taco Salad

And let's not forget dessert:

Jimmy Carter Cake (scroll to the bottom of the linked post for the recipe.)

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Apricot Pecan Bars

Peachy Chiffon Peaches are difficult to find this early in the season here in Ohio, but you could use strawberries or blueberries instead. If you happen to be lucky enough to have ripe peaches in your neck of the woods, this dessert is especially pretty if you drop a few red raspberries over the top of the peaches too!

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Rhubarb Cream Pie

I'm trying some new recipes this weekend. I'll keep you posted on how they turn out. In the meantime....I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Ty'sMommy said...

Wow! That's a whole lotta recipes!!! I am loving the spicy peanut chicken kebabs. Those are gonna go on my "must try" list!

Unknown said...

Lots of great food and mouth watering pics! Thanks for sharing. Love reading your blog.

Kristen said...

What a great list of barbecue foods. I found your blog through one of's carnivals of shopping. I will definitely be back!

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Excellent choices, and a few recipes I have somehow managed to miss!! Thanks for the recap. I'll be checking them out for sure.

teresa said...

oh wow, i know where i'm going next time we have a bbq!

Holly said...

They all looks so good!! Alot of ones ill have to try out now!:)

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'd be happy with any one of your favorites. Everything looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Oh my! I'm starving now. What time shall we be at your house on Monday to sample all these fabulous treats?!?! :) I'm certainly going to be using some of these for my cookout on Monday. thanks for sharing all your fabulous recipes!

Heather S-G said...

I am SOOOOO ready for a cook-out! Everything looks delicious, but that grilled sub is amazing!! Oh man, let's eat! Have a fabulous weekend Krista! =)

Kim said...

Wow - this post should be illegal ;-) That is some serious food porn! Is it wrong to say that I want all of it? I'm loving all of those recipes and was reminded that I need to make those peanut butter and jelly bars! Everything looks so wonderful Krista. What a great post! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and I can't wait to see what you cook up:-)

Reeni said...

I wish I were going to a potluck with all of these on the table! All fantastic Krista!

MaRiN said...

These are fantastic grilling recipes! I'll have to save them for the 4th of July as well, parties at my house this year!

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