There once was a stomach that was empty, and it whined and gurgled and moaned the whole time– until a Grill-Tastic Memorial Day happened. That means the grill was heated up and fine meat was barbecued for all to feast. But it wasn’t just any weekend barbecue, no, sir. The Memorial Day barbecue had to be something special, if not to commemorate all our fallen heroes (bless their souls), then to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. How do you have a Grill-tastic Memorial Day? Well, we’re glad you ask; follow us along a journey of easy, gourmet barbecue grilling recipes that will have you wondering why you ever settled for hot dogs in the past.
We don’t know what’s messier, the Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs you see here or our slobber over them. Even with the extra napkins called for, this awesome rib recipe won’t deter us from indulging a little bit… well, a lot, actually. Sure, it calls for quite a bit of ingredients including molasses, garlic and onion powder, and whiskey (yes!), good things come to those wait. Which is approximately three hours, according to the recipe.
Nothing says decadent grilling like Cedar Planked Salmon. Though the fish dish might seem like something that’s out of reach for the novice grillers (I raise my hand here), the salmon recipe calls for very little work for such a wallop of taste with an Asian flair. Soy sauce, ginger root, sesame oil, and several other small ingredients marinate a slab of salmon while untreated cedar planks soak in water. The smoky flavor from the cedar and distinct tastes from the marinade leave a charred, juicy, flaky, melt-in-your mouth salmon that we might dare call sexy. Be sure to sport your Apron Cooking Guide to be sure that you won’t have a side of salmonella with your grilled salmon.
How could we ignore white meat? We can’t! And how could we forget about that all-time winning combination, chile and lime? Never! And now, we can skillfully grill a chicken with chile and lime with this Butterflied Chicken with Chile-Lime Rub recipe. Handle that knife like Zorro and gut that 3 to 4-lb chicken like Zorro’s cowardly enemies, then marinate it for a day in a mix of fresh lime juice, lime zest, coriander, paprika, and other spices. After charring the skin, the grilled chicken gets moved to a different part of your grill and covered, cooking it thoroughly and keeping it juicy.
Okay, so you don’t have to go all Bobby Flay for Memorial Day grilling, so you can channel some of that fast food comfort with a hint of gourmet with a Mediterranean Portobello Burger. The meatiness of a portobello top meets a garlic-and-salt rub-sort-of-paste before grilling both the mushroom cap and the bread. Then the cap gets filled with a cooling mix of greens, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and awesomeness for a very summery, very café-style, very barbecue worthy vegetarian dish. Make sure you flip those caps with a Guitar Spatula because you rock! Actually, because doing it with your hand is unsanitary and painful.
So tell all your friends the Memorial Day festivities are in your backyard this year, and fire up that neo-cauldron with all the magic of a witch and the craft of an Iron Chef. And remember, a Grill-tastic Memorial Day is not just a fairy tale, but a life lesson: grill things come to those who wait and marinate. You can’t rush perfection, after all.