Time to fire up the grill and get cooking. Summer is all about barbecue and we've rounded up some of the best recipes to start the season this Memorial Day.
Heat things up with barbecued turkey wings then cool off with homemade blueberry frozen yogurt. Just don't forget the wet wipes.
Get the coals ready, loosen that belt and let the Memorial Day party begin.
1. World Championship Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs belong at every barbecue, but there’s something especially important about these ribs. To put it frankly, they are the best in the world, or at least that’s what judges at the World Championship BBQ contest in Memphis decided when they tried this recipe from grill master Melissa Cookston. But don’t just take their word for it. Try them for yourself.
2. Low-and-Slow Smoked Beef Brisket
This smoker recipe is perfect for a summertime backyard bash. The result is a tender and flavor-packed brisket each and every time.
3. Grilled Cayenne Peaches
The grill isn't only reserved for meat. In fact, many kinds of fruit taste incredible when put over an open flame. Peaches are especially delicious, because the juices caramelize, leaving you with a sweet dessert unlike anything else you've tried.
4. Honey Orange BBQ Chicken
The delicious glaze combines citrus and BBQ flavors to give your taste buds a unique spin on traditional BBQ sauces.
5. Barbecue Baked Beans
A barbecue isn't complete without a hefty portion of baked beans. This recipe comes from two-time World Barbecue Champion, Melissa Cookston. It's packed with flavor and offers a rich side to Melissa's winning recipe for baby back ribs.
6. Creamy Artichoke Dip
Any good get together has to have dip. This recipe for artichoke dip is a classic party favorite and makes a large portion that you won’t be running back and forth from the kitchen to restock the dip bowl. To add your own twist on the recipe, add two 10-ounce packages of frozen chopped spinach to the mix. You won’t regret it.
7. Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea
This peachy bourbon-spiked iced tea makes for a perfect summer cocktail. Southern in spirit, Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea is just right as the temperature heats up-- or anytime your taste buds need a refreshing pick-me-up.
8. Grilled Salmon with Avocado Crème & Mango Salsa
With summer grilling season upon us, there’s no reason to limit yourself to burgers, dogs and ribs. This light and delicious salmon is a welcome change to the heavier grill fare and is so versatile you can easily change out the salmon for halibut, mahi mahi , chicken or even tofu.
9. Watermelon and Peppadew Salad
The peppadew is a mildly spicy, pickled, cherry-sized pepper. Why is it a part of your Memorial Day salad? One answer: it tastes fantastic on the grill. You can find these tangy, tart and sweet peppers in the deli section of your local supermarket, probably near the olives. Together with a juicy watermelon and some fresh greens, these peppers make for the perfect healthy addition to your barbecue.
10. Grilled Skirt Steak with Horseradish Sauce
Beer is a great and healthy meat tenderizer and this recipe from Chef Works' consultant Alejandra Schrader calls for a full marinade infusion with garlic, herbs, and spices. Different types of beers will yield a new flavor result.
11. Frozen Berry Skewers
The best part of this dessert is it’s actually healthy. Of course, there’s a chocolate drizzle for the insatiable sweet tooth in all of us, but the rest of the dish is just fruit. This dish works well at a barbecue because the berry skewers look like they just came off the grill. Just don’t forget to remind your guests that the fruit is frozen; they may be in for a surprise.
12. Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt
This recipe for blueberry frozen yogurt is both delicious and easy to make. Even better, it pairs really well with your frozen fruit skewers. And for those trying to watch their weight during bikini season, this rich frozen yogurt is bursting with flavor but not calories.