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Hosting a Memorial Day BBQ? Start Here

If you’re getting ready to host a Memorial Day BBQ for friends, family, coworkers or neighbors this weekend, then your to do list probably includes cooking, baking, decorating and picking up some alcohol. However, in order to make your party stand out from the rest, you should be ready to provide some top notch food and beverage. You can stick to a theme, like red-white-and-blue, or you can find some outside the box recipes that will wow. Even if you are just assigned to bring one dish, like a side salad or a specialty drink to share, you can jazz it up by creating something special that guests can enjoy.

Here are some recipe ideas you can start with as you finalize the menu.

Main Dishes

Alabama White BBQ Shrimp: This quick and easy grilled shrimp recipe is great for the seafood lovers in your group. Find the recipe at Woman’s Day.

Balsamic Grilled Sausages: Grilled veggies and sausage make the perfect start of summer meal in these Balsamic Grilled Sausages. Find the recipe here.


Summer Pesto Pasta: Light and easy, this pasta is stuffed with summer veggies and refreshing pesto. Find the recipe at GoodHousekeeping.com.

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Steak and Tomato: For a full flavored salad, charred watermelon, sirloin, tomatoes and honey bring a unique combination of flavors. See the recipe here.


Meringue Wreath: This light and sweet desert can be topped with the fruit of your choosing, so consider some seasonal berries for a colorful addition. See the recipe here.

Lemon Coconut Chess Pie: A long loved pie, you can update the standard chess pie recipe with this take on the class including coconut and coconut whipped cream. Woman’s Day has the full recipe.


Blackberry Spritzer: A fizzy drink that can please the whole family, these cocktails are simple to make with blackberries, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and soda water.

Spiked Sweet Tea: If you’re bringing drinks just for the adults in the group, this spiked tea can be an instant favorite. Find the recipe on Delish.

Do you have a favorite recipe you like to bring out for summer BBQs? Share in the comments below or tag us in your photos on social media.

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