Memorial Day Grilling: My 5 Favorite Recipes


On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Traditionally, Memorial Day is also a time when families gather together, and of course, when families gather together, more often than not, someone fires up a grill! Here are 5 of my favorite recipes to enjoy with your family, as you remember, honor, and celebrate the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Traeger Steaks with Herb Butter

Let’s start at the top, shall we? Nothing beats a great, grilled steak…and mypreferred method of branding my cow is on my Traeger Big Tex. Get some nice char marks on both sides and then give it a dollop of fresh made herb butter.

Man, oh man…

Best Traeger Steak Recipe

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Sweet & Spicy “BBQ” Grilled Chicken

After a nice thick steak, the second most popular Memorial Day dinner at my place is sweet & spicy “bbq” grilled chicken. This recipe is a party in your mouth!

Sweet Chili BBQ Chicken

Bacon-Salmon Bites

My old pal David Johnson happens to be one of the premier fishing guides on the Oregon Coast, and, in fact, in the entire Pacific Northwest.

Needless to say, David ends up with a lot of salmon and steelhead in his freezer!

Dave’s wife Tesha, probably through necessity, has learned how to cook her husband’s finned trophies is various and amazing ways. I had the opportunity to smoke some briskets for Dave’s birthday party this summer, and Tesha prepare these absolutely amazing salmon appetizers.


Chicago Style Hot Dog

Of course, it wouldn’t be Memorial day without tossing a few tube steaks on the grill, and my favorite way to dress up the dog is Chicago Style! Check out our recipe and instructions on How to Grill the Perfect Hot Dog!


Dragon Claws

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a bbq (at least at my house) without the Dragon Claws. I originally developed this recipe to wow visitors at the Kenmore tent at RibFest, it did… and it’s been wowing them ever since, become a Pinterest sensation that’s been “pinned” nearly 100,000 times!

Dragon Claws Recipe

So, this year, if you can, find a family who has made the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom. Let them tell you about their fallen hero. Give them a hug, a handshake, and thank them.

Then bring them to your table, and feed them something yummy.

To all the heroes, past and present, from the bottom of our hearts, we say, “Thank You!”

Chefs Perry. Terry, & Chris.