Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and outdoor grilling! We all want to serve the best BBQ side dishes and the best memorial day desserts! 

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Memorial day so much more than that though isn’t it?!!

I love memorial day! In our little country town the cemetery is bathed in every color of the rainbow. It’s an absolute stunning and reverent tribute to the dedication and love we have for family and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!

Family members gather around the graves of loved ones. The elderly sit in their lawn chairs, as children, and their parents, gather around listening to the stories of those who have gone on before. It may sound a little Mayberry-ish…but it’s just one of the many reasons I love my home town!

Memorial Day afternoon we BBQ or picnic at the park! You just can’t have a family holiday without great traditional summertime recipes! Food is at the center of every family gathering!

Today I’m sharing a collection of some of my personal favorites. Some new, some from good friends, and some from grandma’s old recipe box! 

Memorial Day Recipes

A compilation of delicious recipes for your Memorial Day celebration. BBQ main dishes, side dishes, and fantastic desserts,

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

No recipe round-up for Memorial Day would be complete without some amazing appetizers. Like these Stuffed Grilled Jalapeno Peppers. Only 3 ingredients! Three little ingredients to make one amazing appetizer! Fresh jalapeno peppers, a tub of softened cream cheese, and 8 slices of bacon.

Beer Braised Brats and Sauerkraut

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Brats braised in beer and surrounded by homemade sauerkraut make for the perfect memorial day grilled dish.

Cherry Dr. Pepper Grilled Chicken

Moist tender juicy grilled chicken basted in a delicious homemade Cherry Dr Pepper BBQ sauce.

Honey Chipotle BBQ Wings

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Wings grilled and basted in a homemade Chipotle Pepper and Adobo Sauce. A finger licking favorite!

Honey Buffalo Ribs

Tender fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in a lip smacking honey buffalo sauce. Loaded with flavor these ribs are a favorite at every BBQ.

Buttery Sweet Corn Bread

Buttery Sweet Corn Bread is a must at every BBQ! Super moist, tender, with just the right amount of crumb this corn bread melts in your mouth. Add a little honey butter it's out of this world delicious!

Tortellini Olive Salad

Cheese filled tortellini, hard salami, black olives, and green olives kicked up in a cheesy Italian dressing. A fantastic side salad for Memorial Day!

Frito Corn Salad

Frito Corn Salad is requested at every BBQ all summer long! Loaded with corn, red onion, cheese, peppers, in a creamy dressing and crushed chili cheese frito corn chips.

California Slaw

Shredded Cabbage, diced tomatoes and avocados, crumbled bacon and smooth blue cheese all combine in a delicious creamy bottled coleslaw dressing to create an amazing salad side dish for your summer holiday gatherings.

Easy Banana Pudding

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No Bake Banana Pudding is a Southern Favorite and the perfect dessert for your Memorial Day celebrations. Creamy smooth banana pudding topped with whipped cream and a vanilla wafer! Everyone will want a scoop of this delightful treat!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This is the World's BEST Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! It's full of fresh rhubarb and strawberries to give it the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for one of the best homemade country pies you'll ever have! Enjoy!

Pig Pickin' Cake

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Southern cooks have been baking what we affectionately call Pig Pickin’ Cake for generations. The name pig pickin’ cake is very common in the Carolinas but this cake is also known by other names, such as Mandarin Orange Cake or Pea Pickin’ Cake. This cake is a classic favorite with its luscious pineapple frosting.

Cherry Chocolate Chip No-Churn Ice Cream

This creamy rich no-churn cherry chocolate chip ice cream is the perfect dessert to bring to any Summer BBQ! Loaded with fresh chopped ripe cherries and semi-sweet chocolate's one cool dessert the whole crowd will love!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These award winning chocolate chip cookies are the perfect grab-n-go treat! Soft and chewy with crispy edges loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips, loaded with walnuts are swoon worthy!

I hope y’all have a wonderful Memorial Day filled with family, food, and fun! The three “F’s” to creating memories…enough memories to fill a life time with happiness!

Thanks for stopping my friends! Happy Nesting!

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  1. Barbara Miller | 19th May 19

    That is a beautiful little story about your community. I love your recipes.

    • | 20th May 19

      Hi Barbara!
      Thank you! I truly love our little town and the traditions that have been going on for generations. I hope over time they continue! I hope you have a great Memorial day and thanks so much for stopping by! Come again!
      Happy Nesting!

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