Memorial Day is a time of remembrance of those who have passed away in our families and for our nation’s freedom. It is also the kick off to summer and barbque season. Many Americans plan extravigant cook outs for their family and friends. I’ve decide to share some of my best Memorial Day recipes. I’ve compiled some of the dishes that I choose to prepare for large gatherings when I want to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the party. Time to get prepared to pig out on some tasty food that will satisfy hosts and guests alike.
Easy and delicious brisket
Let’s start with the main attraction, the meat. I am choosing to share a recipe that can be smoked in the oven… Brisket. I prefer to cook mine in the oven on low for several hours. It always comes out falling apart, juicy and tasteful. I prefer to use bottled barbque sauce to save time and add conveince. My brisket recipe is quite simple but you must follow instructions carefully.
The first and one of the most important steps is applying a good dry rub to your brisket. I prefer Cook Shack dry rub seasoning. Apply the rub generously to both sides of the brisket. Place in a large oven safe cooking pan, cover and refrigerate over night. Making sure that the brisket is well covered with foil place into a 250 degree oven for eight to twelve hours depending on the size of the brisket. Once the brisket is fully cooked slice or chop to personal preferance. Serve with heated barbque sauce on the side. When I follow those steps my brisket comes out perfect everytime without ever having to turn the grill on to cook.
Baked New Potatoes
New Potatoes add a flair to your Memorial day meal when cooked like a baked potato and while my recipe is not low on fat it is high on taste.
Wash several new potatoes and poke holes throughout with a fork. Tear foil sheets to wrap the potatoes. Place a small amount of butter along with a slice of bacon on top. Next place the new potato on top of the butter and bacon and then wrap in the foil as you would a regular potato. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes and one important point is to make sure to place the potatoes on a baking sheet before placing in the oven as this will avoid butter and bacon grease from dripping to the bottom of the oven while cooking.
My baked bean recipe has been passed down for generations in my family. It is a tastety time honored dish. This recipe will serve eight to ten people.
4 small cans of pork-n-beans
1 cup of sugar (or ¾ cup of splenda)
1 medium onion chopped finely
½ cup of ketchup
½ cup (or to taste) of barbque sauce
Combine all ingredients into a large casserole dish and cover with the bacon slices. Cook for thirty to fourty-five minutes in an 350 degree oven.
1 white cake mix
4 quarts of strawberries
Sugar or Splenda to taste
Prepare the white cake mix as directed on the box. While the cake is cooking rinse and drain the strawberries. Next remove the tops from strawberries and slice into smaller chunks. Add a cup of sugar (more if desired to taste) and mash the strawberries until juicy. Place in the refrigerator overnight so that the flavors can mix. Serve by cutting a piece of cake, place the slice in a serving bowl and cover with strawberries. You can also serve with cool whip if desired.
I hope that by sharing some of my cooking secrets that you will be able to make your next Memorial day party great while saving time and stress so that you are able to enjoy the party with your guests. No one will know how easy your preparation is as they will only know that you serve satisfying food and a delicious dessert.