Memorial Day Barbecue and Side Dishes

Memorial Day Instant Pot Barbecued Ribs
Memorial Day Instant Pot Ribs

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States. That means the heavenly scent of barbeque, cold side dishes, and refreshing desserts. No one wants to spend the day in a hot inferno of a kitchen.

Charcoal or Propane Barbecues

I’ve always been a charcoal gal because I like the smoke and taste better than propane. Don’t be afraid of charcoal. It can easily be started in an empty coffee can with some olive oil, paper towel, and a match. I like to use soaked wood chips, too, and put a tin of liquid on the bottom to give flavor and moisture.

Gambas Al Ajillo - Barbecued Chili Garlic Shrimp
Gambas Al Ajillo - Barbecued Chili Garlic Shrimp is a great appetizer or main dish with a big salad.
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Barbecued Garlic Shrimp
Barbecued Corned Beef
If you are lucky enough to have a nice sunny day, this is a great idea for St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef
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Grilled Asian Orange Cornish Hens with Asian Vegetable Medley Salad
A simple Asian dish that can be made with ingredients you might already have in your house
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No Barbi? No Worry

When I moved into my apartment, I lost my barbequing ability. Apartment buildings have had huge fires that killed tenants and destroyed property. No worries, there are alternatives. You can do stovetop smoking, and stovetop grilling and both give good results. The Instant Pot does a great job on ribs and just put them in the broiler with sauce to make them perfect. The sous vide immersion cooker cooks to a constant temperature ensuring perfect meat that can then be put on a stovetop grill or broiler for browning.

Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot
Have tender ribs in under an hour!
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Barbecued Ribs Instant Pot
Stovetop Smoked Salmon with Green Sauce
The salmon can be served hot or cold, it's good either way.
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Memorial Day Sides and Desserts

Good side dishes that don’t turn your kitchen into an inferno include green salads, pasta salads, potato salad, coleslaw, etc. We like corn on the cob done in the Instant Pot to not heat up the kitchen, too.

Artichoke, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad
Artichoke, Avocado, and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad
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Black Lentil Salad
This light black lentil whole meal salad is perfect for a hot summer day.
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Old fashioned gelatin desserts are light, easy, and cool. Serve with some fresh fruit for a healthy dessert.  Mousse is another good choice that doesn’t involve turning on the oven.

Spicy Strawberry and Cantaloupe Salad
This spicy fruit salad is versatile and can use whatever fresh or leftover fruits you might have.
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Spicy Strawberry Cantaloupe Salad

But, what if you really want a cake? There are the no-bake wafer cakes that I like to make in the summer. They are easy to make, delicious, and very pretty.

4th of July Wafer Torte with Strawberries, Boysenberries and Roses
No-Bake Wafer Torte for 4th of July - Add whatever fruit you want, but we wanted red and blue
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4th of July Wafer Torte