Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas

Memorial Day rings in the first days of summer which means it’s time to fire up the grill!  Many folks like to take advantage of the summer months to bring entertaining outdoors.  I’m fortunate enough to live in Hawaii where it’s always summer so we do most of our entertaining outdoors year round.

Barbecues can be as simple as throwing burgers and dogs on the grill or as elaborate as grilling ethnic specialties.  You can grill just about anything, meats, seafood, and veggies.  If you’re looking to ramp the your barbecues and are looking for something other than burgers and dogs here are some ideas for your next barbecue.  Click on the photos for recipes!



Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasBefore you toss that first steak on

the grill you may want to brush up on your grilling skills.  Here’s some grilling tips from Real Simple, it covers everything from grilling burgers to veggies.

Chicken is one of my favorite things to grill, here’s a yummy recipe from the Proud Italian Cook.

This yummy looking chicken dish is grilled upright on beer cans.  A novel way of grilling a whole chicken by Cooking with Sugar.
Somehow grilled meats, seafood, and veggies always seem tastier when skewered on sticks.
Here’s one of our favorite Greek dishes, Chicken Souvlaki.  This recipe tastes just like the ones we have at a Greek Taverna whenever we’re in Greece.  The


chicken is tender, moist, and tasty.  The secret’s in the marinade!Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasHere’s my easy recipe for Beef Kabobs.  You can whip it up in minutes.Makes 12 Skewers3 lbs. Filet Mignon or Sirloin – cut into 1′ cubes
1 container mushrooms – washed and dried
1 Green Pepper – cut in large pieces
1 large onion – cut in chunks
1/2 cup. Olive oil
1 tsp. Rosemary
2 tsp. minced garlic
Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper to tasteAlternate meat cubes with the veggies on metal or bamboo skewers.
Baste with oil mixture as you grill.  Cook to desired doneness.  Serve immediately.This Korean BBQ Shish Kabobs from Menu Musings is one of my favorites.  Served with white rice it’s delicious!I’ve also made this into mini tacos, they taste just like my favorite Korean Beef Tacos from the food truck in LA!To make into tacos marinate the whole flank steak and grill without cutting.  Cut into small pieces after it’s cooked, place in fresh small corn tortilla and garnish with shredded raw cabbage.  Yum!For more tender meat I use boneless beef shortribs.  Click here for my kalbi kebobs!

Or skip the sticks and grill bone-in beef shortribs.  Here’s a recipe from Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen.

If chops are more your thing try this Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops from Bitz N Giggles.

Moo Ping, grilled pork, is a popular Thai street food.  Here’s a recipe from Cool Cat Hot Food.

If pork tenderloin is more your thing try out this Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Pork Loin from Spiced Blog.

These Garlic Balsamic Lamb Chops from Rock Recipes look tender and tasty.

I don’t eat lamb, I don’t even like to prepare it, but my family all love lamb.  This Lamb Souvlaki recipe from Jo Cooks may have changed my mind.  It’s marinated in Greek spices then grilled, taking away some of the gaminess I smell when preparing.  It looks just like the ones my family eats in Greece!

I may not like lamb, but I sure do love lobsters!  This simple recipe for grilled lobster from Lobster Lovers Blog is one of my favorites!

Another on of my favorites is grilled shrimp.  This super easy pShrimp Kebob goes great with my Beef Kebobs for a Surf n’ Turf dinner.  Here’s the recipe!Makes 6 Kebobs1/2 lbs. jumbo shrimp – shelled and deveined, leave tail on
1/2 cup Italian salad dressingMarinate shrimp in dressing overnight.
Put marinated shrimp on skewers.
Grill until they turn pink.  Do not over cook, shrimp will shrivel up and get hard.
Serve immediate.  Totally yummy!

For lighter fare try this Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter from Simply Recipes.

Here’s an interesting way to eat watermelon from Stay at Home Chef.  Cilantro – Lime Grilled Watermelon.  Looks fabulous!

Try this grilled Halloumi Cheese Skewers from Kalyn’s Kitchen as a side dish or main course.

If you’re grilling steaks then mushrooms are a must.  These Mushroom Skewers by Dinners and Dreams would be perfect!

Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasKraft RecipesDon’t think you can only grill meats and Kabobs, you can grill whole meals.  These foil wrapped shrimp and rice dinners from Kraft Recipes are not only yummy they make clean up a breeze.





Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasLife Made

DeliciousTake a page from a camper’s recipe book and grill meals wrapped in foil.  Try this Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Pack from Life Made Delicious.



Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasSavvy Nana’s CornerSometimes even the best steaks need a little sauce. Try
my Balsamic Vinegar & Mushroom Steak Sauce, it is delish!









Memorial Day Barbecue IdeasGrilled Blueberry Lemon Pie from Electic Recipes, sure looks like summer to me!Share some of your favorite grilling recipes with me!  I love to try new things!