Remembering With A BBQ On Memorial Day

Remembering With A BBQ On Memorial Day

In the northern hemisphere summer officially starts the 20th or 21st of June until the first day of the autumn equinox. But for many in the USA Memorial Day kicks off the summer for many, if not for all residence.

History notes that the first Memorial Day June 3, 1861 in Warrenton, Virginia. The first widely-publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War, was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. In that same year, 1865 the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for those who died and were enlisted in the Union Army.

decorating grave site with flowers

May 30th was the official chosen date to celebrate the fallen war veterans, and as the custom was and is to decorate the grave sites with flowers, in 2010 Barack Obama stated that May 30th was selected as an appropriate date to memorialize all who have died while in the armed forces, as it coincides with the time when flowers are in bloom.

Flaming Empty BBQ Grill Many will stay at home, fly or drive to visit loved ones and friends or maybe go to a national park this Memorial Day weekend.

It’s only appropriate to get the grill fired up, as you can’t come together for good conversation and remembering times past without a good plate of food in your hand.

Here at Splendid Recipes and More, we have a few recipe suggestions to BBQ on your grill.

Bacon Wrapped Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breast

Bacon Wrapped Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breast

This recipe is baked in the oven, but can be BBQ on the grill.

Just heat your grill, closing the lid to contain the heat.

Place the bacon wrapped chicken breast in an aluminum container and place that on the heated grill.

Keep in mind the meat will cook faster on the BBQ grill than in your electric oven.

 BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter

BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable PlatterIf your planing a trip to the park to BBQ, just cut the vegetables ahead of time at home, as well as prepare the dipping sauce.

 Mediterranean BBQ Chicken

Mediterranean BBQ Chicken and a side of Garlic Lemon Vegetables

 BBQ Beef and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

BBQ Beef and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

You can also make some tacos on the grill with Mexican Marinated Steak Fajitas

Marinated Steak Fajitas

 

If you don’t have a menu planned yet, we hope you enjoy these selections as part of your Memorial Day BBQ? If you have a planned menu for your BBQ, share it with us in the comment section below.

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Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Do you know the history of barbecuing? According to Hearth, Patio, and the Barbecue Association, “There is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective.

Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals. Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue’ (HPBA).

Here some BBQ Trivia from the HPBA:

1. The most popular holidays for barbecuing in the USA are: July 4th (71%), Memorial Day (57%), and Labor Day (55%).

2. The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are: burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%) and chicken (73%).

3. The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41%), potatoes (41%), and other vegetables (32%).

4. The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

With that said, here is our feature BBQ recipe, “Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers”, and here is what you will need:

1 ¼ lbs. boneless chicken thighs; skinless*

1 red onion; small*

1 navel orange; medium*

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

 

Soak 8 small wooden skewers in water for at least 15 minutes; doing so will keep skewers from catching fire, if you have metal skewers with wooden handles, even better. There is no need to soak the metal ones.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken, onion and orange with the oil, cumin, cayenne, ¾ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Allow mixture in bowl to set 20 to 30 minutes. Letting flavors penetrate meat. Mean time heat you’re outside grill.

Thread meat mixture onto the skewers. Spray with olive oil and lightly spray grill. Place skewers on grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and the onion is just tender; about 15 to 18 minutes.

*cut thighs and onion into 1 ½ -inch pieces; do not peel orange, wash and cut up into 16 pieces; also you can use chicken breast in place of thighs

Plate and serve.

If you want to replace the thighs with chicken breast you can do so. The chicken breast is leaner meat, and many like to shy away from the dark meat, believing it has more fat content.

But keep this in mind about the thighs: They contain iron and zinc, which provide more energy for you to work out or exercise, for longer periods. Furthermore, the protein is useful for feeding and building muscle.

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