Memorial Day is to many pitmasters what opening day is to baseball fans. For BBQ lovers, this day kicks off the best time of year and, naturally, the proper way to celebrate is with an old-fashioned Memorial Day cookout. Gearing up for a big Memorial Day BBQ this year? We’ve got a generous helping of ideas that will help you get the finger-licking flavors and unforgettable good times to make this Memorial Day cookout your best one yet!
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Many people like to make Memorial Day cookouts a larger event where family, friends and neighbors can come together to celebrate. These are some of our pitmasters’ favorite grilling ideas for large groups:
Sides are an indispensable part of a proper cookout spread, so find some tasty recipes to complement your BBQ creations! Check out a few of our favorite recipes for prize-winning picnic sides:
A selection of party games can help keep the energy up and ensure that everybody’s got something fun to do. Lawn games like giant Jenga, cornhole, horseshoe tossing, badminton and bocce ball are fun for all ages and simple enough for anybody to pick up and play. And for the grown ups, all of the above games definitely go well with a cold beer or cocktail!
Don’t want to miss out on the fun while you’re manning the grill? A WiFi pellet grill like the Silverbac with Alpha Connect from Grilla Grills will let you track all of the essentials straight from your phone! With the included smart meat probes and user-friendly app, you’ll have everything you need to grill smarter and never miss a moment.
Of course, Memorial Day is much more than an excuse to get the grill going. When you’re celebrating, keep in mind the many U.S. service members who gave their lives so you can enjoy your time with family and friends! Here are some of the ways that people choose to show their appreciation for the U.S. military on Memorial Day:
We bet you can almost smell the grill firing up now! As you’re making your plans, don’t forget to make sure you’ve got the essentials like a set of grilling tools or a bag of high-quality natural wood pellets for your pellet grill. For more savory, smoky inspiration, don’t forget to check out our full collection of pellet grill recipes, too!