Memorial Day Cookout on the Shore

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.

Field of flags in warm light and tall autumn grasses for Veterans Day and Memorial Day

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.

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka

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.

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka Collins on table with blueberries and a jar of eastern shore honey on the porch table

Eastern Shore Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Start with your favorite vodka and add a little Eastern Shore Honey. Honey adds both an all-natural sweetness and an interesting depth of flavor to your vodka cocktails.

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Soft Pretzel Bites

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 Soft Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce

Honey Mustard Sauce with Soft Pretzel Bites

We love this recipe just the way it is. These pretzels are crispy on the outside, but tender and soft in the middle. Dipped in the honey-swirled mustard sauce is perfection.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

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 with kalamata olives onion and tomato on plater

Watermelon Feta Salad

Everything that is perfect about the summer in one salad!

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

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.

Honey Glazed Bacon wrapped shrimp served with kalamata olives on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe with honey glaze is perfect any time of the year as an appetizer or full meal. Delicious with our Southern Corn Bread Recipe!

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Grilled Vegetables

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 Veggies

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Visit the local market, pick up as many different color vegetables that you can find and bring them home for grilling.

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Southern Cornbread

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.

Cornbread in a round pan with a pie-shaped slice out of it still in skillet. Perfect for Thanksgiving Feast!

Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread is an ancient recipe that dates back to early Native American settlements. Cornbread made its first modern appearance when native American tribes provided food for the early settlers of the Americas in the south.

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Grilled Corn

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!

Honey grilled corn

Sea Salt, Honey, and Herb Grilled Corn on the Cob

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Honey Glazed Chicken

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 on the grill for dinner tonight featuring honey bbq sauce.

Honey-Glazed Chicken Recipe

This grilled Honey-Glazed chicken recipe is ready in about an hour and it's easy to make.

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Honey BBQ Brisket

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.

Simple Brisket Recipe with Onion, Garlic and Spices Made in the Crock Pot. Easy, Tender, Delicious.

Honey BBQ Brisket

Everything tastes better when you make it from scratch. This BBQ brisket features our very own Honey BBQ Sauce. try this delicious preparation. If you like Brisket, you'll love this recipe!

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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.

Honey Grilled Peaches

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!

Honey Grilled Peaches

Take advantage of summer's peach harvest by trying these Honey Grilled Peaches. Caramelized on the grill with our Honey, the fruit becomes soft, warm, and pairs perfectly with ice cream.

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Bumbleberry Pie

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 on flower napkin on porch, shot up close

Bumbleberry Pie with Chocolate

The combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries plus honey make a sweet-tart pie to enjoy!

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Strawberry season is coming soon enough, but in the meantime, you can get organic strawberries from your grocer to make these chocolate-dipped strawberries. These healthy treats can be thrown together in just 15 minutes. All you need are a few simple ingredients that will cost around $10 at the grocery store.

Chocolate dipped strawberries on wooden cutting board with stems showing

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

We are always looking for ways to cover things in chocolate at our Honey House. These strawberries are a true treat and simple to make!

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OR try this gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble for guests with gluten-sensitivity.

Fresh baked gluten free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp in small baking cups on table with spoons and raw ingredients.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Our Gluten-Free Strawberry and Rhubarb Crisp is a treat that won't leave you feeling guilty!

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If you plan a Memorial Day Cookout Menu share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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