Memorial Day marks an important time to honor the fallen who have defended our freedom. We all have family and friends who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Many will barbecue, play games, or rush to the beach. Let’s please take a moment and raise a glass to the fallen, together. May God bless all of the fallen and their families for their personal sacrifice for our freedoms and our way of life. If the weather holds clear, why not have a Memorial Day Cookout in honor of our friends, family, and those who touch our lives without our knowing them. Fire up the grill, gather your friends, and enjoy these easy, tasty Eastern Shore recipes in gratitude.
Our Favorite Memorial Day Cookout Menu
When preparing the menu for Memorial Day, you have lots of options. Keep it simple with a signature drink, a salad, bread, and a protein. Or you can knock yourself out with more of each. When planning your Memorial Day Cookout Menu, we think it’s a good idea to offer your guests a selection of light salads and snacks that they can munch on throughout the party.
Our soft pretzels, sweet fruit salads, and grilled shrimp fit perfectly alongside traditional chips and dip that your BFF brings. When friends offer to bring a dish, ask them if you can provide the menu to be sure that what they are bringing complements your planned meal.
Start your meal with amazing honey vodka signature drinks from our take on an eastern shore collins to fruit-infused vodka drinks. The trick is having an amazing vodka on hand and a little bit of creativity.
Crafted with parties in mind, our Soft Pretzel Bites are perfect for dipping in any kind of sauce you like-our favorite is honey mustard! Make a bunch and keep a tray warm in the oven for when your picnic guests want something to snack on.
Honey Mustard Sauce with Soft Pretzel Bites
Great for summertime gatherings, our Watermelon Feta Salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savory, with sweet honey and watermelon mixing with fresh mint and tangy balsamic dressing.
Watermelon Feta Salad
A Honey House Favorite, these Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are perfect hors d’oeuvres to start your picnic with! The perfect blend of savory, sweet, and salty, you can add jalapeños, cream cheese, or berry jam for a unique twist to this appetizer.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
Grilled Vegetables are a classic side to any main course they can easily be paired with chicken, fish, and beef. Find garden fresh veggies like asparagus, brussels sprouts, and new potatoes for a seasonal twist on this recipe.
Grilled Summer Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Dressing
Most southern cornbread recipes were designed to accompany spicy barbecue and chili dishes. Cornbread is a wonderful go-along with spicy foods to aid in resting the palette. Recipes range from sweet to savory. Try any of our chili recipes to serve with this wonderful southern cornbread recipe.
This Grilled Corn is special, thanks to the blend of honey and spices used to glaze it before cooking. Make this ultra special by blending your favorite spices together to create a house-blend that your neighbors will envy!
Sea Salt, Honey, and Herb Grilled Corn on the CobCheck out this recipe
While your grill is hot, cook up this Honey Glazed Chicken! Hotdogs and cheeseburgers might be classics, but chicken is just as easy. Pair it with our grilled veggies and coleslaw for a full Memorial Day Weekend meal.
Honey-Glazed Chicken Recipe
The unofficial start of summer is the perfect time to break out your grill and get cooking. Made with our Eastern Shore Honey, the BBQ sauce is sweet, thick, and very rich, and lends itself well to the heat of a grill. The sugars in the honey will caramelize and be oh so flavorful. Honey BBQ Brisket for dinner.
Honey BBQ Brisket
Memorial Day Desserts Ideas
Now is a perfect time to figure out all the different ways that you can incorporate honey into your meal, especially when you are exploring Memorial Day Desserts Ideas. Honey goes on just about anything if you ask us. The most fun is after dinner. Try caramelizing bananas and top with a little honey and a dollop of greek yogurt or your favorite ice cream. Or try any of these fine desserts on Memorial Day.
And for dessert, enjoy some amazing honey grilled peaches. Not in season yet, no sweat, lots of fruit grills beautifully. I have tried peaches and plums, pineapple, watermelon. As always, we encourage you to experiment!
Another amazing dessert option is our not-yet-famous bumbleberry pie. Honestly we have an amazing chef around the corner and I run to her to get pies, but this recipe works!
Bumbleberry Pie with Chocolate
Strawberry season is coming soon enough, but in the meantime, you can get organic strawberries from your grocer to make
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
OR try this gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble for guests with gluten-sensitivity.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
If you plan a Memorial Day Cookout Menu share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!