Best Memorial Day BBQ Recipes that will feed a crowd! Celebrate Memorial Day this year with fun, easy and patriotic recipes the whole family will enjoy.


Best Memorial Day BBQ Recipes that will feed a crowd! Celebrate Memorial Day this year with fun, easy and patriotic recipes the whole family will enjoy.

Memorial Day is coming up very soon, so we thought we would compile some of our favorite recipes for potlucks and barbecues. Now you don’t need to stress about what to put on your menu – all of the recipes you will need are right here in one place!

How to keep food off the grill warm?

I serve many of my grilled items on a ceramic or porcelain plate or tray that I heat in the microwave. Ceramic and porcelain retain heat well, so if you plate your meat or other items hot, they will stay warm for around 15-20 minutes, which is usually more than enough time for people to prepare their plates and eat their food.

How to tell when your meat is done?

A thermometer is the ideal way to tell in your meat is done: Rare from 120-125 F, Medium rare from 130-135 F and Medium from 140-145 F. If you don’t have a thermometer however, you can use the touch test. Touch the cut of meat with your finger and then feel the fleshy part of your hand underneath your thumb. The meat is raw if it feels like the fleshy part. Now hold your thumb and index finger together and feel the fleshy part of your hand beneath your thumb: The meat is rare if it feels like that. Repeat for each finger: thumb to your middle finger = medium rare, ring finger and your thumb = medium, finally, join your pinky and thumb = well done.


Berries and Cream Salad made using just 4 ingredients! Raspberries & Blueberries combine with Greek Yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping to create a lovely berries and cream salad. Berries and Cream Salad is a wonderful recipe perfect for a picnic, Sunday dinner, or anytime you just want to add something special to your meal. The Greek yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping come together and create a light and creamy base for showcasing the bright, sweet berries. In the recipe I use frozen berries but you’re welcome to use fresh. I used raspberries and blueberries, but I think it’d be wonderful with blackberries, cut up strawberries- or a mix of all of them! See the recipe for Berries and Cream Salad here. 

Berries and Cream Salad made using just 4 ingredients! Raspberries & Blueberries combine with Greek Yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping to create a lovely berries and cream salad.

Berries & Cream Salad

Berries and Cream Salad made using just 4 ingredients! Raspberries & Blueberries combine with Greek Yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping to create a lovely berries and cream salad.

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Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 box 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 32 oz. container vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 8 oz. container Cool Whip thawed
  • 2 12- oz bags frozen berries*


  • In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix and the Greek yogurt, stirring until well mixed.

  • Fold Cool Whip into the mixture.

  • Lastly, fold in the berries.  I had set mine out for about 10 minutes before making the salad, but you can put them in frozen and they will thaw very quickly so you can serve the salad right after mixing.

  • If you don’t serve the salad immediately, store in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, give the salad a quick stir and top with additional berries, if desired, to garnish.


*I used frozen raspberries and blueberries in my salad, but you’re welcome to use fresh berries if you’d like. You can also try using diced strawberries, blackberries or a combination of all 4 varieties!

texas cavier

Texas Caviar combines delicious fresh vegetables with an amazing Italian dressing…plus you get the added crunch of tortilla chips in the mix! Texas Caviar…if you don’t know what that is, you can thank me for blessing your life with it. The name sounds odd, I know. The first few times I heard how amazing it was, I didn’t really listen because ummm… I don’t want to try caviar. Sounds pricey. And slimy. See the recipe for Texas Caviar here. 



I am a huge fan of avocados! Guacamole is an easy and versatile way to use them- it’s a great appetizer or you can top nearly any Mexican dish with it. Roasting the garlic beforehand mellows the garlic flavor- it adds a wonderful depth to the guacamole. I know, a whole tablespoon sounds like a lot, but trust me, it’s delicious! See the recipe for Roasted Garlic Guacamole here.



Cheesy Black Bean Avocado Dip is delicious and is made with only four ingredients, making it the perfect appetizer for any party! Cheesy Black Bean Avocado Dip is always a hit! I love salsa and guacamole and pretty much anything else that you can dip chips in, so I was excited to try this simple recipe that is perfect for parties (or a late-night snack)! You only need four ingredients to make this incredible dip! See the recipe for Cheesy Black Bean Avocado Dip here.



My kids love apples, so I’m always trying to find new ways to serve them, especially now that school is back in session and they always come home starving and ready for a snack!  This dip uses ingredients that I usually have on hand and my kids love it!  I think it really does taste just like snickerdoodles, but my 5-year old insists that it tastes just like cinnamon rolls – either way, it’s delicious! See the recipe for Snickerdoodle Dip here.


Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad is a combination of orange, pineapple and coconut flavors all in an easy-to-make sweet jello salad recipe! Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad is a combination of orange, pineapple and coconut flavors all in an easy-to-make sweet salad recipe! The pretzel crust ends up tasting like chopped pecans. It adds a wonderful flavor and texture to this light & sweet easy jello salad recipe. See the recipe for Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad here.


Blueberry Jello Salad is a quick and easy side dish or dessert that is full of blueberries and topped with a sweet and creamy layer! Blueberry Jello Salad will be on the menu for our 4th of July party this year! Start with raspberry (or strawberry Jello) and then add a can of blueberry pie filling for a delicious double berry flavor. The sweet and creamy layer on top complements the gelatin layer so well and you can get really creative about decorating the top with fresh berries for a beautiful presentation too! See the recipe for Blueberry Jello Salad here.


Easy Corn on the Cob - Butter With A Side of Bread

We’ve been on a corn-on-the-cob kick this summer so I thought I’d share this super simple recipe with you. It’s fast, it’s easy and everyone loves it. I created a video to show how I’ve been cooking our corn too- LOVE this method!! It’s mess-free and done in no time at all. Enjoy! See the recipe for Easy Corn on the Cob here.



After making homemade coleslaw a few times I’ve discovered there is a trick to getting it to taste right. When I realized how one simple step affects the taste, I made note to do that every time. This recipe tastes exactly like KFC’s coleslaw! It’s easy to make and goes well with my Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. {My family even puts it ON their sandwiches! yum!} See the recipe for Copycat KFC Coleslaw here. 


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I love this fruit salad because in addition to it being gorgeous and delicious… it’s also incredibly easy! The sweet and tangy dressing you toss with the fruit lends a hand not only in flavor, but also in appearance as it helps the fruit to not brown. Next time you sign up to bring salad to a pot luck, wow your friends with this Fancy Fruit Salad. You won’t regret it! See the recipe for Fancy Fruit Salad here. 

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad - full of beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes and chicken tossed with a delicious southwestern Ranch dressing!

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. This hearty chicken pasta salad recipe topped with Fritos is perfect as a main dish or a side dish for potlucks and parties! See the recipe for Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad here.



Orange Cream Fruit Salad is a lovely fruit salad filled with oranges, pineapple and bananas with a sweet orange cream mixed in! Perfect to go alongside Easter dinner! Orange Cream Fruit Salad has been a family favorite recipe for years.  I love fruit, and while fresh fruit is my favorite, this is a great recipe to make in the winter when good produce is hard to find (and expensive!), and it has also come in handy many times when I need to make a side dish and don’t have time to run to the store since many of the ingredients are ones that I keep on hand regularly. See the recipe for Orange Cream Fruit Salad here.


raspberry vanilla

Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad is one of the easiest recipes you will ever make and it is perfect as a side dish or even a dessert. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make and then it is immediately ready to serve! As a matter of fact, the recipe tastes wonderful minutes after making it, but I actually prefer to eat this the next day because the raspberry flavor gets to be a bit stronger and mixed in with the rest of the salad better. See the recipe for Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad here. 


pizza pasta salad

Pizza Pasta Salad is easy and is so perfect for a spring or summer party! The ingredients make an incredible flavor that everyone will enjoy! Pizza Pasta Salad is a recipe that has become one of my go-to recipes for potlucks and family dinners because it is so easy and everyone loves it! See the recipe for Pizza Pasta Salad here. 


BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout! BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple are so insanely delicious, you’ll be grilling these up often! These BBQ Chicken Kabobs are made in a way you’ve never tasted before and include all your favorite summer grilling flavors. See the recipe for BBQ Chicken Pineapple Kabobs here.



Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken recipe with a simple 4 ingredient sauce that’s incredible! Yields perfectly grilled, tender, juicy chicken with flavorful sauce. I’m always on the hunt for a good grilled chicken recipe and folks, this one is a winner! Oh heavens it is so good; do yourself a favor and make extra so you have plenty of leftovers. The honey mustard sauce is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. See the recipe for Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken here.


Grilled chicken with

Grilled Honey Chicken with Glazed Pineapple recipe is a favorite grilled chicken recipe! The sweet and savory marinade is amazing and yields tender, juicy & flavorful chicken. Memorial Day is coming up and there’s nothing like firing up the grill for a fun, backyard get together. Add this amazing Grilled Honey Chicken to your menu! I’ve made this recipe for years now. It’s so simple and delicious- I don’t even measure the ingredients anymore. Add some fresh veggies and voila, dinner is served! See the recipe for Grilled Honey Chicken with Glazed Pineapple here.


Sweet & Spicy Grilled Sticky Chicken - Butter With A Side of Bread

This Grilled Sticky Chicken recipe uses a tangy chicken marinate with a nice kick of spice and flavor! The sauce is easy to make and results in a sticky glaze on top tender, juicy grilled chicken. We love grilling chicken so I’m always on the hunt for great recipes. This one is fantastic- the sauce is flavorful with a bit of a kick and I love how easy it is to make. We served it with grilled pineapple and asparagus and a side of steamed rice. Anyone want to come over for dinner?! See the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Grilled Sticky Chicken here.



I saw this recipe and KNEW I had to try it. Honestly everyone- it’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! I mean, I’ve had smoked salmon in Paris. Fish & Chips in London. Fresh pineapple in Hawaii. But I ate these chicken skewers fresh off the grill in my ole backyard and let me tell you, my taste buds sang. I think they’d be a fantastic appetizer or main dish. Game Day food, people- this would be perfect! Enjoy. See the recipe for Ranch Chicken Bacon Kabobs here.



Steak marinade for the best steak of your life! Made with soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, ginger and garlic; you’ll never taste a better steak marinade! Steak marinade recipe that’s insanely delicious & has been a favorite in our family for years. Comes together in minutes and you won’t believe the incredible flavor! This steak marinade recipe has been in our family for years (Thanks Aunt Pam!) and continues to be one of our favorites. See the recipe for the Best Steak Marinade here.


copy cat crazy bread from Little Caesars

Copy Cat Little Caesars Crazy Bread is a light and fluffy breadstick with a buttery garlic and parmesan cheese topping. You won’t know the difference! See the recipe for Crazy Bread here.


Root Beer Float Cupcakes are a fun & tasty spin on traditional Root Beer Floats! The flavor and festive touches make them perfect for summer entertaining. Root Beer Float cupcakes are in since school’s almost out and the temperature is rising- and that means summer is nearly here! These cuties have great flavor and my kids loved the festive touches. They’re perfect for Memorial Day barbecues! See the recipe for Root Beer Float Cupcakes here.


I love making trifles because they look so fancy, but they are so easy to put together! I had never made one with red velvet cake before, but it is the perfect base for a patriotic dessert, especially when topped off with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries! I just used a boxed mix for the cake and it turned out to be an amazing dessert! See the recipe for Patriotic Red Velvet Trifle here.


Frosted Strawberry Cookies made by adding fresh strawberries to a simple sugar cookie dough. No rolling out or chilling necessary! Just bake and top with my amazing strawberry buttercream frosting. Easy Strawberry Cookies piped with a super simple pink rose, so they taste incredible and they’re pretty too! See the recipe for Frosted Strawberry Cookies here.


Fun Patriotic Cookie Bars made with swirled red, white & blue icing making them perfectly festive! Easy sugar cookie bar recipe for 4th of July & Memorial Day. These cute Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars fit the bill! I made them the night before and let them sit overnight so that the icing would be set. Easy patriotic treat that everyone loved- you’ve got to make them! See the recipe for Patriotic Cookie Bars here. 


Patriotic Red White Blue Italian Cream

We’re huge fans of Italian Cream Sodas at our house and make them often for festive occasions. On a whim I decided to make a blueberry-raspberry combination and everyone went crazy over how amazing they tasted! As a bonus too they’re super festive as the drink naturally separates into red, white and blue colors. It’s perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or anytime you feel like being patriotic! See the recipe for Patriotic Red, White and Blue Italian Cream Sodas here.


Easy Watermelon Cookies - Butter With A Side of Bread

I was inspired by some cute little cupcakes at a local bakery and just knew I wanted to transform them into cookies. I used Nellie’s Swig Sugar Cookie recipe, which is not only delicious but hello, super simple to make! (No rolling, no cutting, etc!) Add on some lovely buttercream frosting and sprinkles and voila, you’ve got yourself some easy watermelon cookies that are perfect for summer picnics! See the recipe for Easy Watermelon Cookies here. 



This little treat is perfect for Memorial Day and comes together so easily.  Although it’s definitely a dessert, I like the fact that it’s fairly healthy since it mostly consists of fruit juice and fresh fruit! See the recipe for Double Berry Parfaits here.



I found these darling cupcake wrappers and flags at the Dollar Store and from that point I was on a mission to make some patriotic cupcakes! I didn’t want to use a ton of food coloring though because honestly, I don’t like the taste of it. So I improvised and came up with these beauties! The best part? They taste incredible- and they’re still super festive! I’ll show you how to make them- it’s so simple. Scroll down to see a quick video of the recipe as well! See the recipe for Red, White and Blue Swirl Cupcakes here. 


Cherry Pie Cookies are an easy way to whip up some delicious cookie cups that satisfy your craving for cherry pie, without all the work! Cherry Pie Cookies came to be when I was craving cherry pie today, but didn’t really feel like whipping up a pie crust. So instead, I made Nellie’s Super Soft Sugar Cookies and translated them into Cherry Pie Cookies! My kids were drooling on the floor while I was making them. {Talk about testing a 3-year old’s patience. “No, we can’t have one yet, Mommy needs to take a billion pictures of the pretty cookies first.” Poor kid!} They’re so easy and taste delicious- I think they’d be gorgeous on a holiday table. Enjoy! See the recipe for Cherry Pie Cookies here.



Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Cookie Cups combine two favorite desserts in a bite sized treat that is full of cinnamon and apple pie filling! Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Cookie Cups are one of my absolute favorite fall desserts.Call them cookies, or call them pies? Either way, they are absolutely delicious and they come together so easily too! Apple Pie is such a classic dessert but I just don’t really love pie crust so I wanted to try something different for the “crust” of these little mini apple pies. Apples and cinnamon just go together so wonderfully so I decided to use my favorite snickerdoodle cookie recipe to make the crust with. The results? AMAZING! See the recipe for Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Cookie Cups here. 


Little Lemon Drops - Butter With A Side of Bread

Little Lemon Drops are delicious bite-sized treats that start with a cake mix  – they are the perfect treat to take to your next party! The easy lemon glaze soaks into the inverted mini cupcakes and is a simple, incredibly delicious lemon cake mix recipe! Little Lemon Drops are absolutely amazing and everyone will love you for making and sharing them! I took these to a barbecue and they were devoured in about 5 minutes….long before the meat even started cooking!  Everyone was exclaiming about how amazing they were and I was thrilled because this recipe is so easy and it makes about 75 little cupcakes so it’s perfect for large gatherings. See the recipe for Little Lemon Drops here.



Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and refreshing dessert for any gathering with family and friends – it is delicious and so pretty! Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is a dessert that I knew my daughter would love – she loves strawberries! I served it for dessert at a family gathering and everyone raved about it. I love how easy it is to make as well. Enjoy! See the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake here. 


Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting - a light, refreshing cake that begins with a cake mix and only requires a few basic ingredients to make. Use canned oranges in the cake and canned pineapple in the frosting for a yummy, fruity dessert!

Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting is so light and refreshing and is the perfect cake for summer (or any other time too)! The recipe begins with a cake mix and then only requires 6 more ingredients for the cake and the frosting combined! Mandarin Orange Cake is so easy to make and the “frosting” is much lighter than traditional frosting which I love! I also love that this cake starts with a boxed cake mix and only requires a handful of simple ingredients – there are only three ingredients in the frosting! See the recipe for Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting here.



Milky Way Cake is a huge hit at our house, it is made with melted Milky Way candy bars and topped with a chocolate marshmallow ganache! This Milky Way Cake recipe is totally different from anything I’ve ever tried before and it ended up being incredible! To make the cake batter, you actually use 8 melted Milky Way candy bars! The chocolate/caramel flavor comes out very strongly in the cake and is so yummy. The frosting is an amazing chocolate and marshmallow ganache that goes perfectly with the cake  – just make sure to have a large glass of milk nearby because it is pretty rich! See the recipe for Milky Way Cake here.



Raspberry Cream Cake begins with a white cake mix that is topped with sweet whipped cream, raspberries and danish dessert. Wonderful raspberry cake recipe with great flavors! Raspberry Cream Cake is a favorite of mine! Fresh raspberries are in abundance these days so I decided it was the perfect time for me to make one of my favorite desserts.  This is one of these super easy cakes that looks and tastes like it was a lot of work to make. Thankfully, that’s not the case! This cake comes together easily and everyone loves it. See the recipe for Raspberry Cream Cake here.


Jalapeno Bacon Burger {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jalapeno Bacon Burger – A burger with bacon and jalapenos in the patty!  Topped with a chipotle mayo for little smokey and spicy kick! Looking for a great burger to serve this weekend?  Try this Jalapeno Bacon Burger.  So easy, just a few ingredients, and everyone will love it.  The jalapeno adds a little spice, but not too much.  Add more or less depending on what your family likes.  And did you notice the bacon is actually inside the burger!  A little bit of bacon in every bite id definitely a good thing! I topped with our favorite guacamole and a chipotle mayo.  Simple, easy, but bacon is involved, so you know it will be good! See the recipe for Jalapeno Bacon Burger here.


Salads and sandwiches are two of my favorite summertime meals, and this tasty Ranch BLT Pasta Salad combines both into one amazing dish. This salad has all the flavors of a classic BLT with the addition of ranch dressing and pasta. This salad is sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue or neighborhood potluck!  It’s one of my favorite dishes to take to summer time gatherings, because it such a crowd pleaser. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon? See the recipe for Ranch BLT Pasta Salad here.


Patriotic Monster Cookies - Peanut butter oatmeal cookies chock-full of M&M's and chocolate chips

With Memorial Day approaching, it was time to bake up some festive, patriotic recipes to grace our picnic table. These irresistible Patriotic Monster Cookies are chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies chock full of  red, white and blue M&M’s and chocolate chips. See the recipe for Patriotic Monster Cookies here.


brownie mix cookies

White cake cubes, no-bake lemon cheesecake filling and fresh berries make the perfect summer dessert! Use red and blue berries for a July 4th celebration, or use just red berries for a Canada Day celebration. Either way, it’s going to be delicious! See the recipe for Lemon Berry Cheesecake Trifles here.


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