Memorial Day Main Dish Recipes

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Steve's Bodacious Barbecue Ribs

Rating: 4.55 stars
These make real mouth-watering 'Pig-cicles'! They take a while to cook, and when you eat them, you'll have pork fat smeared from ear to ear! Mmm! Mmm! I like to smoke with hickory wood, but any of your favorite will suffice.

Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.49 stars
I love the tangy tenderization that the buttermilk provides. After the buttermilk soak, dredge the chicken pieces in seasoned flour, and fry them in hot oil until crisp and cooked.

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Rating: 4.54 stars
A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Missouri Miner Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.6 stars
An easy, foolproof recipe for amazing pulled pork. I use a mixture of traditional and hickory/brown sugar barbeque sauce.

Marinated Greek Chicken Kabobs

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is a chicken kabob recipe that I would love to share! Plan to marinate for 3 hours. Serve with Greek rice!

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Rating: 4.6 stars
So fast and easy to prepare, these shrimp are destined to be the hit of any barbeque. And, weather not permitting, they work great under the broiler, too.

Flag Pizza

Rating: 4.67 stars
What's better than pizza? A patriotic flag pizza, of course! Baked in the shape of a flag with pepperoni slices for stripes and purple potatoes for the sky, you'll find yourself saluting with every slice.

Best of Everything Veggie Burgers

Rating: 4.21 stars
I have two different veggie burger recipes and found that mixing them into one created the ULTIMATE veggie bean burger. My meat-and-potatoes firefighter husband LOVES these and says he could eat them every week!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.53 stars
Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Rating: 4.58 stars
This is a simple and delicious recipe. After making them the first time my husband said 'no more' to beef burgers. These are really good - any cooking method may be used, and they freeze very well. The recipe can also be used for meatballs or meat loaves.

Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.6 stars
If you're in the mood for a little virtual trip into summer, give this technique a try. This works with literally any dry rub and barbecue sauce combo.

Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.6 stars
A foolproof, simple recipe for the most tender, delectable ribs you've ever had. Follow the directions exactly, and success is guaranteed!

Inspiration and Ideas

Pepperoncini Beef

"This is my go-to recipe for a crowd that needs variety. Such a wonderful flavor! And I can throw this together and let it cook while preparing the rest of the menu." – familycook

Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

"Made these for Memorial Day. Everyone absolutely loved them!" – Kevin Mulligan

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.19 stars

This is a down home recipe that I have used for years, and thought I would share it! The buttermilk marinade is terrific and is such a comfort food. However this is not a recipe that can be done quickly, but the wait is WELL worth it!