Summertime, and the grilling is easy. Memorial Day weekend is one of our favorite foodie holidays – from wings to ribs and juicy summer corn, these are the summertime flavors we look forward to every year, the ones that turn any get-together into a feast.
Stock up on all your Memorial Day snacks, drinks and supplies, then add these easy Memorial Day recipes to your long weekend menu.
Easy Ketchup Wings
We love simple BBQ recipes like this. Ketchup is so much more than a must-have condiment, it also makes a delicious marinade for chicken, and these sweet and spicy wings are a great app to serve with drinks.
- 2-1/2 lb chicken wings, split at joints, tips removed
- 1 cup Heinz Ketchup
- 4 Tablespoons Sriracha
- Crushed Prince & Spring peanuts and sliced scallions, to serve (optional)
- Marinate the chicken wings in the ketchup and Sriracha, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Heat your grill to medium heat. Pat the wings dry, and cook on the grill for 25-30 minutes. Serve, with peanuts and scallions sprinkled over the top.
3-Ingredient Sticky BBQ Ribs
Photo: Sweet Baby Ray’s
What’s a Memorial Day BBQ without sticky, smoky ribs? These ribs couldn’t be easier to make – don’t be put off by the long cooking times – after a long and slow bake, transfer them to the grill, and let it do its magic. Oh, and don’t forget the napkins.
- 12 baby back ribs
- McCormick’s Grill Mates Seasoning
- 2 cups of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce or 1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Apply seasoning to both sides of ribs.
- Bake in oven for 3 hours.
- Place ribs on the grill over medium heat, cover and cook for 2 hours. After 2 hours, use a fork to make sure the ribs pull off the bone easily. If so, they are done. Slather the ribs with the BBQ sauce, and serve.
Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken Sliders
Photo: Lazy Girl Gourmet
One lesson we’ve learned after years of Memorial Day hosting: spend less time in a hot kitchen and more time enjoying yourself at the party. This recipe helps you do just that: throw everything in your slow cooker in the morning, then by the time your guests arrive, you’ll have juicy, fall-apart chicken to serve with soft, fluffy slider buns.
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 ½ cups Tostitos Salsa
- ½ cup Ken’s Italian Dressing
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
- Place chicken thighs in a slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove chicken and shred with a fork. Place back in the slow cooker to coat with the sauce.
- Serve on slider buns with Heinz Sweet Relish.
Photo: So Good Blog
We don’t usually play favorites, but we think corn is definitely summer’s best veggie. On its own, corn is heavenly. Grilled, it’s divine. Grilled, then slathered with mayo and cheese and seasoned salt? Euphoric. Mexican elote corn is the ultimate supporting star at any Memorial Day bash.
- 4 ears of corns
- 1/2 cup Hellmann’s Real mayonnaise
- 1 cup Kraft grated Parmesan
- 1 Tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned salt
- Put the corn in a large stock pot, cover with water and 1 Tablespoon of salt, and bring to the boil. Cook the corn for 5 minutes.
- Remove the corn. Grill the corn for 2-3 minutes over indirect medium heat.
- Remove from the grill, allow to cool slightly. Spread with mayonnaise, then sprinkle with Parmesan and seasoned salt.
What are your favorite Memorial Day recipes?