Memorial Day 2012 - Recipes & BBQ Ideas

It's almost summer - can you believe it? We're so excited to kick off the hot summer months, so we're headed down to Santa Barbara later this week. We're going to soak up some sun, eat tacos on the sand and, oh yeah, go to a wedding. We're really looking forward to family, friends and tons of sun, but if we were staying home, you bet your sunscreen we'd be BBQing with friends. Not to leave you hanging this glorious weekend, here's some of our favorite Memorial Day weekend BBQ ideas.

Take the slow train to flavor town and grill up a batch of these BBQ beef ribs. Top them with a nice slather of Bubba's Best BBQ Sauce.

Maybe bake up a side of our Zucchini Cornbread Muffins. Ooh, you could dress them up with some diced jalapeno or some grated cheddar cheese. Or, one of these fun add-ins.

To lighten it up, I'd serve a side of this Summery Corn Salad and Tzatziki Potato Salad.

I'd also whip up a few Spring vegetable sides - why not use the best in-season ingredients this weekend? This Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas sounds delightful! As does a plate full of Roasted Watermelon Radishes (and so pretty!)


Oh, and you can't forget beans at a BBQ, can you? I'd slow cook some Three-Bean Baked Beans, and maybe top them with a toasted breadcrumb crust at the very end.

For dessert, I love grilled fruit. It's so unexpected and sweet, without being sugary. Here's an amazing looking recipe for Grilled Peaches with a Fresh Raspberry Sauce which I would top with some homemade vanilla ice cream (granted I had the time with all this cooking going on!)

Wishing you a happy and healthy Memorial Day!