In lieu of a Friday Favorites post this week we thought we’d share some of our favorite recipes for this upcoming holiday weekend.


By contributing writer, Sean “The Hubby”

Memorial Day weekend holds a special place in the hearts of many in our country who often celebrate by enjoying the beginning of outdoor grilling and barbecue season.   As the unofficial kick of off summer, who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend tailgating and looking forward to time with family and friends?

It is also a very important holiday honoring those members of the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and thus the ability to enjoy what we have as a country. I try to balance both during the weekend’s festivities, by taking some quiet time to myself to reflect and also gather with friends to celebrate what we have. I, like many, celebrate through my barbecue.

Celebrating with neighbors

I hope all those across the country this weekend have a chance to celebrate, and if you are firing up a grill or smoker, make sure to take the time to really enjoy the company of your friends and family. Maybe consider new types of cooking that you haven’t done before, or perhaps a new meat, or try making your own rub.

In the end I find this weekend an important reminder to slow down and focus on being grateful and try not to forget how lucky we are and why. That’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about barbecue – it forces me to slow down, reflect, and focus. But, that’s a story for another time.

Have you decided how you will spend your weekend?

Below are a few ideas for your holiday cooking weekend (and a few of my own favorites) or maybe just a nudge to try something new yourself. If you do, I certainly would love to hear about it.

Memorial Day Weekend Recipe Ideas

Maybe this weekend it’s a chance to try your first brisket?

Perfecting Smoked Brisket

Or time to show your neighbor your new secret barbecue sauce recipe.

Pinot Noir BBQ Sauce

Chicken? So not boring when grilled well, like this Grilled and Glazed Chicken!

Grilled and Glazed Chicken

How about bringing a little Buffalo magic to your smoked or grilled wings.

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Just want a simple yet delicious appetizer? Nobody can resist this Smoked Bacon and Tomatillo Guacamole.

Smoked Bacon & Tomatillo Guacamole-title

No matter whether you fire up your grill or not, make sure to hug your family, enjoy the time with your friends and celebrate, recognizing how fortunate we really are. We wish all a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

Celebrating time with family

For more BBQ and grilling recipe ideas check out our recipe index.


hubbyAbout the author:

Business by day, BBQ by night. Father of twin toddlers. Husband of the author of this awesome blog.  Still a fan of PBR.




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