35 Memorial Day recipes to help you plan the perfect cookout menu! Plus, helpful tips for preparing ahead of time and ways to make hosting outdoors so much easier!
The way we’ve observed Memorial Day as a country has changed a bit over time, but my family has always observed it with cookouts, summer’s first swim and just a whole lot of fun from the vantage point of a lawn chair.
If you’re planning a cookout this year, the time to get started is now, even if your gathering is going to be small! Planning and doing a little preparation now will make the long 3 day weekend be so much more relaxing, head off any disappointments and help everything come together smoothly.
Things you’ll want to do now should include a little meal planning. The recipes below should make that a breeze! You can browse through them all or use the table of contents to navigate to different food groups. Choosing 1-2 items from each food group will ensure that you have a gorgeous spread that leaves nothing out!
After making your Memorial Day Menu, you might want to do a little shopping for those big items that might not be available to you later in the week, order any special cuts of meat, buy your paper goods and gather your flags!
It’s also prudent to take a close look at your yard. Any sprucing up or spraying for insects you want to do before the big day? Now’s the time! 10 Tips for Summer Entertaining lists everything you need to know about getting together and enjoying your backyard!
Table of Contents
- Appetizers & Dips
- Sauces, Rubs & Seasonings
- Drinks Everyone Can Enjoy
- Side Dishes
- Main Dishes
- Cookout Desserts
Appetizers & Dips
Sauces, Rubs & Seasonings
Drinks Everyone Can Enjoy
Salads are often the stars of our cookouts and get-togethers. This collection of 7 classic cookout salads features fun must-haves like Frito Corn Salad and tried and true favorites like Creamy Dill Potato Salad.
Ready to up your backyard hosting game even more? Check out my 5 Backyard Hostess Essentials for everything you’ll need to be the summer hostess with the mostess!