5 “Why Didn’t I think of That?” Ideas For Your Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day marks the beginning of grilling season (and unofficially, summer!) in the U.S. Unless, of course, you live in Seattle where we feign insouciance and grill under gray skies while listening to the rhythmic pitter-patter of raindrops until at least July 4th.

Growing up, satay, chicken wings, and pork chops were always staples on the grill. Yes, every family does it differently. You may think that satay, chicken wings and pork chops are very exciting but inevitably the same stuff on the grill, bbq after bbq (regardless of the numerous permutations and combinations), does become a bit of a bore.

So, if you, like me, are tired of the same ole same ole, here are 5 ideas to help you break out of the boring barbecue box:

1. Aloo Paratha

aloo paratha by you.

Easy to make and nutritious too, aloo paratha is a potato-stuffed flatbread. This one-dish Indian meal can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or at your next barbecue. In this recipe, Champa uses an electric griddle but I think the barbecue grill would make a fine substitute. Just be sure the grill grates are well-oiled.

2. Steamed Lemongrass Fish


I don’t usually grill fish on the barbecue but this isn’t quite grilling. Follow all the steps in this recipe but instead of steaming the fish in a claypot, wrap it up in aluminum foil and place it on the grill. The fish will steam nicely inside the foil packet. Remember to check on it frequently so it doesn’t overcook.

3. Cambodian Stuffed Chicken Wings 

What’s better than chicken wings on the grill? Stuffed chicken wings on the grill! Prepping this dish is a little laborious but the accolades from your guests will make it all worthwhile. Whether you choose to stuff chicken wings or a whole chicken, you will be rewarded with delicious bird.

4. Cantonese-style Steamed Cake

Steam a cake on the grill? Why not? In this case, I’d use a metal cake pan, not a glass one.

5. Grilled Rice Balls (Yaki Onigiri)

Photo by: umamimart.com

I’m Asian, I like rice. And these delicious rice balls are a delightful way to have my rice and grill it too.
Here are more fanciful ideas for the grill from around the Web:

The Daily Meal’s “8 Unlikely Grill Foods”

Delish.com’s “12 Unusual Recipes for the Grill”

HuffPost’s “Foods To Barbecue: Strange Options You Never Considered Before”


What are some of your break-out-of-the-box items you like to put on the grill?


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