To most, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and as the temperatures finally start heating up, your grill should too. A new season means new recipes, new spins to some old classics, and more opportunities to host the best backyard barbecues for your friends and families. So now that you’ve got an extended weekend at your fingertips, it’s only right that you clean off the grill and start your Memorial Day cookout in style! Check out our favorite holiday inspired spreads that will make this Memorial Day a memorable one!
1. Patriotic Burger
It wouldn’t be Memorial Day without a delicious, all-American burger, and nothing says it quite like this Patriotic Burger
. Everything you’ve ever wanted between two Brioche buns can be found right here. This burger will make a strong impression with your friends and family, as it features plenty of complementary flavors from the Campari tomatoes, grilled red onions, and blue cheese. Round out your meal with this Grilled Loquat and Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
2. Simple Potato Salad
A classic side dish should always have room at the table during a cookout, and this Simple Potato Salad
recipe can compete with the best of them. Make sure you prep well in advance for this dish, as it requires some time spent in the fridge overnight. But one thing’s for certain; when it’s time for your barbecue, everyone will be coming back for seconds!
3. Barbecue Beef Brisket on a Gas Grill
Patience is a virtue when it comes to this Barbecue Beef Brisket
recipe. Make sure you’ve got plenty of Blue Rhino propane on hand because the slow-cooking method will get you the best results for this dish. Continue to monitor the internal temperature of the brisket when grilling by using a meat thermometer
at the thickest part of the brisket. The internal temperature should be around 200 degrees Fahrenheit before taking it off the grill. Finally, allow the brisket time to stand before serving. We recommend a couple of hours, or until the internal temperature drops by about 40 to 50 degrees.
4. Beer Bacon Barbecue Beans
Try saying the name of this dish five times fast! Our Beer Bacon Barbecue Beans
recipe may have plenty of B’s, but it’ll get an A+ from your guests. The baked beans you’ve always loved now feature a tasty Lager style beer, and a pound of smoked bacon! And if that doesn’t make your mouth, the aroma from your grill when you’re done might do the trick.
5. American Pork Barbecue
This American Pork Barbecue
recipe, courtesy of The National Pork Board, will make some of the most delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had. With a five pound boneless pork butt at your disposal, you’ll have more than enough meet to serve and have for leftovers the next day!
6. Barbecue Slaw
Tired of the same old coleslaw recipe? Try out our simple Barbecue Slaw
! Your taste buds will thank you once you’ve had this barbecue-infused twist on a cookout staple. After it’s been refrigerated, make sure to taste and adjust the seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper as needed.
7. Pasta Primavera Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette
A fresh pasta salad will provide some great color and work to complement the main dish at your next barbecue. Check out this grill-friendly Pasta Primavera Salad with a Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette
. This recipe gives you the opportunity to use your side burner
to make the perfect bow-tie pasta. Once that’s ready, mix in your favorite vegetables, add some dressing and let it cool in the refrigerator. Be careful to not let it sit too long in the sun once you’re ready to serve, as it contains mayonnaise.
8. Bourbon and Brown Butter Peach Cobbler
It wouldn’t be a barbecue without a little dessert! Go all in with this Bourbon and Brown Butter Peach Cobbler
. The combination of fresh peaches and ice cream is an excellent reminder that summer is here and that you deserve to enjoy it! The key for this recipe is having a good cast iron skillet and setting up your grill for indirect cooking
over medium heat.
Think you’ve got what it takes to host the best barbecue of Memorial Day weekend? With these dishes, and all the ones found on our Blue Rhino recipes page
, there’s a good chance you’ll be the official neighborhood grill master!