Top 3 Memorial Day Cookout Ideas


Fire up your grill this Memorial Day weekend with these fan favorites that are sure to please any crowd! Share your grilling results with us by using #weber365.

Top 3 Memorial Day Menu Ideas

1. Pulled Pork Barbecue

Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae

Pulled Pork Barbecue with Hot Pepper Vinegar Sauce

Serves 12 to 15
Prep Time
20 mins
Grilling Time
3 to 4 h

the Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon pure ground ancho chile
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), 4 to 5 pounds, rolled and tied


  • 1½ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 hamburger buns, split


  • 01 In a small bowl combine the rub ingredients, including 1 teaspoon salt. Coat the roast evenly with the rub. Allow the roast to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  • 02 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  • 03 Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the roast, fat side up, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the internal temperature registers at least 190°F, 3 to 4 hours. The meat should be so tender it pulls apart easily when prodded with a fork. Remove from the grill, loosely cover with foil, and let rest for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile make the sauce.
  • 04 In a medium saucepan combine the sauce ingredients, including salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Keep warm.
  • 05 Thinly slice, chop, or pull the meat into shreds with your fingers or two forks. Discard any large bits of fat. Moisten the meat with some of the sauce and mix well in a bowl. Toast the cut side of the buns over direct heat for about 30 seconds. Serve the pulled pork warm on the buns with the remaining sauce on the side.

2. Chicken Breasts with Green Herb Salsa

Recipe from Weber's Ultimate Grilling by Jamie Purviance

Chicken Breasts with Green Herb Salsa

Serves 4
Prep Time
15 mins
Marinating Time
30 mins to 24 h
Grilling Time
8 to 12 mins

the Ingredients


  • 1 cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves and tender stems
  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro sprigs
  • ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 small jalapeño or serrano chile pepper, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, tenders removed, each 6 to 8 ounces
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


  • 01 In a food processor combine all the salsa ingredients except the oil. Pulse to chop coarsely.
  • 02 With the motor running, add the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream, processing until a pesto-like consistency forms (the herbs will be finely chopped).
  • 03 Transfer ⅓ cup of the herb mixture to a shallow medium bowl and reserve the remaining salsa for serving. (The flavors of the salsa will develop as it stands while you marinate the chicken.)
  • 04 Lightly score the chicken breasts on the diagonal, on the smooth (skin) side, making three or four evenly spaced slashes, each about ¼ inch deep.
  • 05 Put the chicken in the bowl with the herb mixture and turn the chicken to coat evenly with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours, turning the chicken occasionally.
  • 06 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (about 400°F). Brush the cooking grates clean. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip back into the bowl to avoid flare-ups. Place the chicken, smooth (skin) side down, on an angle to the grate bars over direct medium heat. (Discard the marinade.)
  • 07 Grill on the first side, with the lid closed, until the chicken breasts are well grill-marked and release easily from the grates, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip the chicken and repeat on the other side, until firm to the touch and opaque all the way to the center, 4 to 6 minutes longer.
  • 08 Remove from the grill and let rest for a few minutes. Serve with the reserved salsa and the lemon wedges, if using.

3. Combat Steaks

Winning recipe from the book Command of the Grill, this Ooh-Rah Combat Steak, courtesy of Colonel Stewart Navarre from Camp Pendleton in California, is one of our favorites! Click here for the recipe.