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May 18, 2015
Memorial Day Cookout Ideas

Memorial day weekend is the king of all weekends. Not only is it a three day weekend, but it marks the start of summer which means endless grilling!! I'm often asked what is my favorite grilling recipe for a cookout and I figured I'd compile a list of my favorite Memorial Day cookout ideas. Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Appetizer Idea- Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

This is by far the most popular recipe I have ever written up. Wrap some bacon around a sweet onion and put it on the grill. You won't be sorry!! The link above also includes an amazing sriracha mayo sauce that works great on burgers.

Memorial Day Cookout Idea- Sriracha cole slaw with pulled pork tacos

Smoke some pulled pork and for leftovers make this amazing sriracha cole slaw.

Memorial Day Cookout Idea- Brats with marinara sauce and peppers and onions

I'm always looking for a reason to get my cast iron skillet out. This is a good one. Grill some brats and then cook some onions and peppers in a skillet and dump a jar of marinara sauce on top....

Memorial Day Cookout Idea- Grilled NY style pizzas

You can turn your charcoal grill into a real pizza oven. The trick is to use the charcoal indirect cooking basket and place the charcoal on top of the grill grate! Who knew?!

Memorial Day Cookout Idea- Smoked stuffed jalapeno peppers

These smoked stuffed jalapeno peppers can be made on a smoker or over indirect heat on a charcoal kettle grill. Cheese, bacon and jalapeno peppers. Yes please!

Memorial Day Cookout Idea- beef short ribs with pimento cheese

Here is a recipe that has quick smoked beef short ribs, chopped up and topped with melted pimento cheese to make some amazing sandwiches!

Memorial Day Chicken Recipe Idea

Bust out the rotisserie for some fantastic flavorful chicken with a spicy chipotle dipping sauce.

Memorial Day Big Macs

Copycat recipes are always fun. This is a perfect recreation of the classic McDonalds burger the BigMac. Give it a try. The homemade secret sauce recipe is perfect.

Memorial Day Chicken Recipe Idea

This is a tested and sure way to grill juicy boneless skinless chicken breast. Make up some juicy grilled chicken sandwiches with BBQ sauced chicken breasts.

Memorial Day Gyros

Make homemade gyros out of thin sliced bratwurst! You'd be surprised just how well bratwurst works as a gyro meat replacement. I also have a homemade tzatziki sauce recipe.

Memorial Day Burger Recipe Idea

Bacon avocodo burgers! Grill a simple burger patty and top it with ripe avocado and thick cut bacon.

Memorial Day Burger Recipe Idea

Green chili cheeseburgers. Enough said.

Memorial Day Recipe Idea

This is a modified bacon explosion, also known as a "fatty." Chicken breast is pounded flat and rolled with blue cheese, parmesan cheese, roasted garlic and hot wing sauce. Of course all of this is wrapped in a weave of bacon and smoked. A real winner.

Memorial Day Hot Dogs

Regular hotdogs are boring. Top it with authentic Chicago topping to make a classic Chicago hotdog.

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