Top BBQ Recipes for Memorial Day

May is officially known as BBQ month, and what better way to enjoy barbecue month than by enjoying a backyard barbecue on the unofficial kickoff of summer. I am, of course, talking about Memorial Day.

This Memorial Day will be a little different. With social distancing hosting a big backyard blowout may not be possible, however new traditions with your community or your immediate family can allow you to still celebrate Memorial Day thoroughly and safely. You can still celebrate Memorial Day thoroughly though. Let’s explore how to make this Memorial Day just as amazing as the others were and make sure that you have an easy menu with the top BBQ Recipes for Memorial Day.


What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. It is a day for the honoring and mourning of fallen military personnel who have fallen in war. It is a time to reflect on the freedom that is enjoyed today.


How to Celebrate Memorial Day in a Time of Social Distancing

Traditionally, poppies are worn, just like on Veterans Day, and the flag is flown at half-staff until noon. People would gather to celebrate, remember, commiserate – sharing meals with family and friends in remembrance. Circumstances being as they are it’s not possible this year to play host or gather in large groups. So how do you celebrate Memorial Day in a time of social distancing?

This year, in honor of those fallen, it would be a great idea to stay in and grill out. You can still celebrate but do so with those in your immediate household. Use social platforms, like Zoom and FaceTime to connect with those who cannot be there. If you live in a particularly tight-knit community, social distancing can be incredibly challenging. If so, bring your grill to the front yard and encourage everyone to do the same. As long as you keep a safe distance, good times can still be had.

Memorial Day is a day of patriotism. Decorating your home or yard with flags, stars, and all things red, white, and blue is a great way to involve the young in celebrations. It is important to reflect on why Memorial Day is celebrated, whether it is opening up the discussion to younger ones or exploring it with peers, conversation is of vital importance. If you can, talking on the phone or a video call with a veteran, talking to the spouse of a veteran, and listening to their stories would be a fantastic way to gain insight into Memorial Day.


Top Recipe Ideals for a Memorial Day BBQ

There is no better way to get the conversational juices flowing than with a good meal, especially one that is fresh off the grill. While making decorations and discussing the importance of honoring those who fought for freedom, preparing a meal to enjoy with your household should still be part of the celebrations. Try these easy mains, sides, and desserts for your Memorial Day stay-home-barbecue.


Main Dishes


Sides for Any BBQ




Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and closeness. Doing so in when it’s best to stay in and grill out isn’t the easiest, but with a little creativity and some delicious inspiration, this Memorial Day will definitely go into your family’s history book. Will you Barbecue any of these top recipes for Memorial Day or do you have a different menu in mind? Share your favorite recipes and how you plan on celebrating at home on our social pages like Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #StayInGrillOut and #NapoleonGrills.

Happy Grilling!

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