Memorial Day Weekend Recipes For a Kick-Ass Cook Out: Includes Main Dishes, Grilled Cocktails, Veggies and Even Dessert!

Well, it’s that time of year again folks! Some of us grill year round, and for others Memorial Day marks the “official” kick off to summer and grilling season. So what to make this weekend as you dust off your grill and invite friends and family over? Here are my favorite recipes that have been tested year round. They’re my top crowd pleasers and are sure to be yours too! Click the links below for full recipe and directions.

1) Caveman Style Steaks:

To truly impress your guests, grill your steaks Cave- Man style!

caveman style grilled steak

This is “caveman style” grilled porterhouse. Steven Raichlen, the famous grill master, coined this term.

2) Coconut Lime Butter Grilled Corn:

Need I say more? Grill the corn directly on the grill grates and slather them with copious amounts of coconut lime butter.

grilled corn recipe

Coconut Lime Butter + Grilled Corn = legal crack.

3) Grilled Romaine:

Who says salad has to be stuck inside. Grill the romain hearts and watch them get sweet and caramelized before your eyes. Finish with sea salt and fresh grated parmesan and your guests will think you are really really smart on the grill.

Grilled romaine hearts- so easy and so flavorful! The grill caramelizes the lettuce with added smoke and char so no need for added dressing.

Grilled romaine hearts- so easy and so flavorful! The grill caramelizes the lettuce with added smoke and char so no need for added dressing.

4) Rosemary Lemon Spatchcocked Chicken

Grill a whole butterflied chicken on the grill underneath a brick to get the skin nice and crispy. This is really entertaining for a crowd and yields tasty results!

rosemary lemon, grilled rosemary lemon chicken, spatchcocked chicken, how to grill a whole chicken

Rosemary and Lemon- my new favorite flavor combo for 2013! Even if you don’t make a spatchcocked chicken, this marinade will be good on any chicken you make!

5) Grilled Margarita

Yes, you can grill a cocktail. Throw those lemons, limes and citrus on the grill for some smokiness- this adds complexity and an element of fun to your average cocktail.

I love a good margarita, and adding smoke and char to the recipe only makes them better!

I love a good margarita, and adding smoke and char to the recipe only makes them better!

6) Cilantro Lime Beef Satay: Everyone loves meat on a stick. The marinade on these sirloin skewers will knock your socks off!

7) Appetizers: Grilled Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa:

Grilled Pineapple paired with grilled jalapenos, coconut, black beans and lime juice. And you don’t have to feel too guilty about this recipe!

Grilled pineapple salsa, grilled pineapple salsa, pineapple black bean salsa

Grilled pineapple, jalapenos, cilantro, black beans, limes and coconut = light and refreshing salsa with a kick!

8) Dessert: Grilled Peaches and Pound Cake:

Grilled summer fruit with grilled poundcake- easy-peasy and delish. Need I say more! (scroll to the bottom of this post)

Grilled peaches and and pound cake or angel food cake- quick and easy dessert on the grill

Grilled peaches and and pound cake or angel food cake- quick and easy dessert on the grill

9) Best Ever Banana Pudding:

Okay so this wasn’t made on the grill but I wanted you to have this recipe for Banana Pudding. Banana pudding is a Southern Thing and if you haven’t had it you are missing out!

Best banana pudding recipe, banana pudding recipe with sour cream.

When life gives you bananas, you make banana pudding.es

10) Last BUT NOT LEAST! West Indies Wings!!:

These have been SUPER popular with my fans and that’s because this recipe is AWESOME! The mixture of coconut milk, ginger, habanero pepper sauce and curry on wings is a moutwatering combination and an unexpected surprise on grilled wings!

Curried Coconut Wings, Island Inspried Wings, Caribbean hot sauce wings, Habanero wings, coconut milk and ginger wings,

The title of this recipe is inspired by my love of the Caribbean. The ingredients include Caribbean hot sauce, coconut milk, ginger, and curry powder.

 

 

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3 Responses to Memorial Day Weekend Recipes For a Kick-Ass Cook Out: Includes Main Dishes, Grilled Cocktails, Veggies and Even Dessert!

  1. Chris May 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Great compilation Robyn!

  2. Robyn June 1, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Thanks Chris!

  3. Diana Reynolds June 3, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Oh my gosh those grilled margaritas sound fabulous and like something I should have with my carne asada I do on the grill.

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