The weather is warming up and daylight is lasting longer and longer, which can only mean one thing: summer is here. And what is more synonymous with summer than BBQ grilling? Memorial Day weekend is a special time to remember and reflect on those who died serving our country. Many choose to pay their respects and kick start their summer by hosting a barbecue for friends and family.
If you’re planning on hosting a get-together this year, let us help you make this a Memorial Day to remember. From Memorial Day recipes, BBQ preparation tips, and decor ideas, we have everything you need all in one place.
BBQ Preparation Tips
BBQ is comfort food for many since it’s associated with summertime, warmth, and spending time with loved ones. Be prepared to host your next BBQ with our preparation tips. Whether you’re grilling with charcoal or gas, using a smoker or pellets, get your grill prepared and ready for your festivities. Make sure your grill and grilling tools are clean and set out.
In addition to your grill, be prepared with seasonings and marinades like sweet and smoky BBQ sauce. If you’re cooking low-and-slow meats like ribs, be sure to season your meat for at least 30 minutes so every bit of flavor can soak in.
Make your party — and the food — stand out with a few decorations. Place Mini American flags throughout your yard and stick to a red, white, and blue color scheme throughout the decor. Tablecloths, napkins, and dishware can all be star-spangled banner themed. There’s no limit to how creative and patriotic you can get.
Prepare Your Menu
The last, but certainly not least, aspect of hosting a Memorial Day get-together is preparing your menu. If you’re searching for unique Memorial Day food ideas to delight everyone’s tastebuds, look no further than our collection of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts.
Set the tone for your party with our Bee Sting Sausage Balls. Prepare your Italian sausage with a mix of our Hot Honey Chipotle BBQ Rub, cheddar cheese, and jalapeños. In just over 10 minutes on the smoker, this appetizer will provide the pop of flavor you need to get the party started.
Using our 3-2-1 cooking method, you can get mouth-watering ribs that fall off the bone. Tender ribs are in your future with our BBQ Smoked Ribs recipe. Follow our fool-proof method of 3 hours in the smoker, 2 hours wrapped in foil, and 1 hour in your choice of BBQ sauce, for finger-licking good ribs your party-goers will be clamoring for.
Grill up some burgers with a twist this year with our melt-in-your-mouth burger recipe packed with buttery, cheesy goodness and our Backyard Better Burger Seasoning. Be sure to load up on all your favorite toppings and toast the buns for a satisfying crunch in every bite.
No barbecue would be complete without a tasty hot dog, and we have a fiery twist your guests are sure to devour. Our Jalapeño Popper Hot Dogs put your tastebuds to the test with cream cheese, bacon, jalapeños, and our Bacon Bomb Hickory Jalapeño seasoning, all nestled between a pretzel bun.
For a twist on a classic side dish, whip up a batch of our Smoky Sweet Potato Salad. The addition of sweet potatoes and bacon give this side dish a delicious upgrade. The only cooking required is boiling the potatoes and the salad itself gets whisked together quickly, making this side great if you’re low on time.
While we’re giving sides an upgrade, let’s talk salads. The easiest way to enhance your greens is by grilling them. Follow our Grilled Romaine with Honey Mustard Dressing recipe for a smoky and tangy salad that is anything but ordinary.
End your party on the right note with a delicious sweet treat. Freshly baked shortcakes and homemade apple filling drizzled with caramel sauce come together to form Caramel Apple Shortcakes. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, these shortcakes have just the right amount of sweetness.
Shop PS Seasoning For All Your Memorial Day BBQ Needs
Host a Memorial Day BBQ your friends and family will be raving about all summer. Check out more Memorial Day recipes from PS Seasoning to craft your perfect menu. And for all your BBQ needs, shop our collection of sauces, rubs, and seasonings.