5 Delicious Memorial Day Recipes You Must Try

Memorial Day 2018 is approaching fast, and if you’re hosting guests or going to a party, you are probably starting to make your grocery list. If you’re still searching for menu ideas for your party or looking for that perfect recipe to take your picnic from good to great, we’ve got you covered! These are 5 Memorial Day recipes you must try!

Memorial Day Recipe #1: Pineapple-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

If you’re in charge of the Memorial Day BBQ this is a recipe that will wow your guests!


  • 3 racks of trimmed baby back ribs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 whole bunch cilantro
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1 fresh Serrano chili


Marinate the Ribs—Combine herbs, spices, liquids, and seasonings by pulsing in a blender. Rub mixture into ribs, let stand overnight in the fridge.

Start the Grill—Prepare a charcoal grill to cook the ribs over indirect low heat, keeping charcoal to one side. When the temperature reaches 275-300 degrees, add the ribs. You will want to keep adding charcoal every 40 minutes or so to maintain a medium-low heat of roughly 275 degrees. Grill over indirect heat for 2.5 to 3 hours or until ribs have shrunk back from the rib tips, meat is toasty and fork tender.

Baste with pineapple glaze during last 5 minutes of cooking. Before serving, char ribs for 2 to 3 minutes if you like over high direct heat.

Ingredients- Pineapple Glaze

  • 1-quart pineapple juice, fresh squeezed is amazing and if you have a juicer, use it for this.
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 cups sake
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mirin

Directions— Pineapple Glaze

While you’re grilling the ribs, combine the pineapple juice, red chili flakes, sake, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and mirin in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and reduce until thickened, about 1 hour. Season with sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use to glaze the ribs before serving.

Memorial Day Recipe #2: Crock-Pot Amy’s World Famous Pepperoni Dip

If you’re bringing a starter to your 2018 Memorial Day gathering, this savory dip will be eaten up in no time!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese may also use reduced fat version
  • 10.5 ounces of canned cream of celery soup (You may also use the reduced-fat version)
  • 7 ounces pepperoni, sliced


  1. Cut pepperoni slices into halves. You do not need to use the whole package – use as much or as little as you want.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a small 2.5-quart crock-pot and mix.
  3. Cover and let cook on LOW for at least 1 hour or until the cheese is melted; stirring occasionally.
  4. When ready to serve, keep crock-pot on WARM.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, rolls, crackers, pieces of bread, etc.

Memorial Day Recipe #3: America Cake

In charge of bringing a Memorial Day dessert to your celebration? Look no further than this festive America cake!


  • 8 oz. butter, plus more for buttering pan
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Blue food coloring
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • red, white and blue sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch round baking pan and line with parchment paper. Butter the bottom and sides of the pan and dust with flour.

Prepare boxed cake mixes according to package instructions. Divide the white cake batter in half in two separate bowls. Stir in about 6 drops of blue food coloring into one of the bowls.

Divide their colored batters evenly between three squeeze bottles. (You can also use liquid measuring cups.) You will only need about half of the prepared red velvet batter. Use the rest for cupcakes.

Start with red. Squeeze about a 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Then squeeze about the same amount of the white batter directly on top of the red, followed by an equal pour of the blue batter. Continue alternating between the three batters, making a bulls-eye pattern, gradually decreasing the amount of batter you pour.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Make the Frosting: Beat together butter and cream cheese until combined. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, 3-5 minutes.

Frost the cake and decorate with sprinkles. Slice and prepare to be amazed.

Memorial Day Recipe #4: Slushy Margarita Shots

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to relax and unwind with a cocktail. Impress your guests with these adorably refreshing margarita shots, served in cute little jars!


  • 6 oz. tequila
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 c. ice, chopped in the blender
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Salt, for rimming glasses
  • Chopped strawberries, pineapple, blackberries, and raspberries, for shots


In a blender, blend tequila, lime juice, honey, and ice.

Run a lime wedge along the tip of the shot glasses and dip in salt to rim glasses.

Fill shot glasses with chopped fruit and pour over tequila mixture.

Memorial Day Recipe #5: Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

Memorial Day recipes don’t get much better than this. At any Memorial Day gathering, the sides likely to steal the show from the main dish! Your friends will love this delicious pasta salad!


  • 1 pound red and/or yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 16-ounce package dried rotini pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls or cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh basil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange tomato halves, cut sides up, in a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with oregano, garlic, and salt; drizzle with the 1/4 cup olive oil. Roast tomatoes, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown and shriveled. Set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl whisk together the 1/3 cup olive oil, the vinegar, and pepper. Add warm pasta to bowl; toss to coat. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes and any drippings from the pan, the mozzarella, and basil to the pasta. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.

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