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16 Memorable Recipes for Memorial Day 2022

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The Memorial Day long weekend in May is your chance to ease back into grilling and all things summer. We’ve got 16 memorable recipes to help you do just that.

A bluebarb pie with one slice missing and two forks resting beside the pie.

As well as fresh blueberries I have added dried blueberries to the mixture, which absorb some of the liquid as the pie bakes, plumping them back up.

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Five cut Memphis style ribs on a wooden board.

Memphis dry rub ribs are most commonly made with St. Louis-style spare ribs, although the approach works equally terrifically on other pork ribs. The key to these tender ribs is low and slow cooking and a flavorful spice rub.

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Two plates of beer-brined bbq chicken, shredded cabbage, and artisan bread, with a small bowl of dip between them.

This American-style barbecue chicken is outrageously good. It’s my guess you’ll never barbecue a chicken any other way again.

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Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

These grilled artichokes with pepper and lemon are just as lovely served alone as they are with your best dipping sauce. A simple, surprising, impressive appetizer or side that’s easy and, thankfully, doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

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A glass bottle filled with homemade lemonade syrup, a bowl of lemons, and two glasses on a wooden table.

This homemade lemonade recipe is made with a concentrated syrup that you keep on hand and then dilute as desired. It requires only lemons, sugar, and water, and is easy as can be. Here’s how to make it.

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A bowl filled with Southern potato salad with a wooden spoon ad a scoop of salad on the side.

If you’re going to make a Southern-style potato salad, it needs to contain several things. Vidalia onions, Spanish olives, hard-cooked eggs, parsley, and always Duke’s mayo.

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A white dish partially filled with blueberry crumble, with a spoon resting on top and a colander filled with blueberries beside it.

This blueberry crumble, easy to make with blueberries and a buttery oat cookie topping, is simple, easy, and the best blueberry dessert we can imagine. Simple and spectacular. Better make a double batch.

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A partially sliced barbecue beef brisket on a cutting board with spice rub, hot sauce, and pickle slices scattered around it.

This true Texas-style brisket made with brisket, barbecue sauce, and a coffee and chile rub on your smoker.

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A small pot with a small amount of spicy bourbon barbecue sauce left in it and a spoon resting inside.

This sauce couldn’t be any easier to make. It makes a bold statement with a hint of spicy, Southern-style, while a lick of bourbon gives it an edge.

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A tray of brownies for a crowd with one brownie missing.

These brownies for a crowd, made with semisweet chocolate aplenty and eggs, butter, flour, and sugar, are cake-y and rich. The recipe makes plenty. A crowd-pleaser for parties, tailgating, bake sales, and more.

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A wooden cutting board topped with two rack of smoked pork ribs.

I like to go all out and serve some of the classic sides to go with the smoked meat: mac and cheese, braised collards or turnip greens, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, cornbread, and corn on the cob.

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Several bowls of orzo salad with grilled vegetables and a person scooping some from a larger bowl.

With fresh produce abundantly available in the summer, grilled veggies are perfect for an al fresco supper.

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Three servings of hot dog on a baguette with mustard on a paper napkin.

Who said hot dogs can’t be glamourous? This French hot dog is proof to the contrary.

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A wooden bowl filled with South Carolina slaw with a spoon beside it.

This South Carolina slaw is made with cabbage and carrots and a sweetly tangy dressing based on apple cider vinegar and mustard is a summer must. No mayo required, so it’s safe for those with egg allergies.

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Two classic cheeseburgers with red onion and pickles on sesame buns on a wooden serving board.

This classic cheeseburger, made with freshly ground chuck, salt, and pepper, and topped with your favorite condiments, is proof that some of the best things in life are the simplest things.

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A plastic container filled with vanilla bean ice cream with a metal ice cream scoop resting in it.

This ice cream is made with a custard base which can be adapted and flavored with fruit purees, chocolate, or coffee. It keeps for up to 1 month in the freezer.

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