Kick off summer the first official U.S. long weekend of the summer with these patriotic and tasty recipes for Memorial Day! This selection of all-American and red, white, and blue appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and drinks are ideal for a long weekend barbecue, picnic, or potluck to celebrate our nation’s heroes and their families…


1. Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks

There’s nothing quite as quintessentially American as crispy fried chicken. This recipe takes the classic taste up a notch by marinating juicy chicken drumsticks in a zesty panko coating infused with lemon juice, buttermilk, thyme, cayenne, mayonnaise, and olive oil. The crunch is finger-licking addictive!



2. Firecracker Ice Pops

You must mark the first official long weekend of the summer with fireworks! You’ll see and taste the excitement all around you when you sit back to view the pyrotechnics with an icy stick of patriotism in hand. These ice pops are made with a bounty of fresh red, white, and blue strawberries, creamy yogurt, and blueberries.

ice pops


3. Molasses-Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Do you smell that? Trust me; the whole neighborhood is bound to show up, mouths watering at your door when they get a whiff of these slow-grilled baby back ribs rubbed with a seasoned beer-based mop. The trick is to keep your ribs moist with the delectable marinade—made with a combination of lager, brown sugar, molasses, white wine, mustard, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, and butter—before smoking them slowly over wood.



4. Frozen Blue Lemonade

You can’t go wrong with a tall, cold glass of patriotism—an icy blend of white rum, sparkling lemonade, fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and a splash of blue curacao over ice. This boozy slushy will get you through a 3-day long weekend with plenty of national pride. Pay tribute to our current and former troops with a big red, white, and blue toast to our men and women in uniform.

blue lemonade


5. Peach-Raspberry Slab Pie

When you require a seasonal pie to satisfy an entire crowd—look no further than this peach-raspberry slab pie. This dessert envelops fresh red raspberries and juicy peaches in buttery piecrust. Plus, no plates or forks are required! Just grab a thick slab in hand and enjoy the pie and the party.

peach raspberry pie


6. Purple Potato Pizza

I’m beginning to wonder how my Memorial Day weekends of yore were ever complete with this patriotic twist on one of America’s favorite foods…pizza! This Purple Potato Pizza is loaded with tasty red, white, and blue (or purple) toppings—including red onions, fresh tomatoes, black truffle oil, creamy goat cheese, fresh rosemary, and the delicious, earthy flavor of purple fingerling spuds!



7. Patriotic Ice Cream Cupcakes

Why settle for cake or ice cream or cake with ice cream on top when you can take a patriotic bite out of a red, white, and blue ice cream cupcake this Memorial Day long weekend. These desserts are red velvet cupcakes layered with blue ice cream and white frozen whipped topping—making the hand-held sweet the ideal and portable treat for barbecues and pot luck parties.



8. BBQ Corn on the Cob

The long weekend wouldn’t be quite as sweet and juicy without a dozen ears of corn on the grill. Rub each shucked cob with walnut oil (or any vegetable-based oil will do), and then roll each ear in a sweet-yet-spicy dry rub. Wrap them up individually in tin foil and grill for about 30-minutes. Unwrap the foil to reveal a juicy ear spiced delicately with the flavors of summer.



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