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12 Recipes for the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Cookout

Everyone loves a great meal on Memorial Day, and it’s the unofficial beginning of grilling season. On this important day of remembrance, we honor those who served in the armed forces, as Memorial Day is, most importantly, a day to honor the veterans that gave the their lives for their country. At cookouts and celebrations across the nation, and as people are serving their guests many a red, white and blue-themed dish, we hope everyone remembers how our service men and women proudly served us. Happy Memorial Day.

Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach

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12 Recipes for the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Cookout

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Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce

Salmon, packed with omega-3’s and a good source of protein, along with other meaty filets like swordfish and mahi-mahi, are fantastic when infused with the flavorful char of a grill. It’s a great option when looking for a healthy protein to toss on the grates.

Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce

This recipe is based on a version of poached salmon served cold alongside a yogurt-based sauce with lemon juice, capers and dill that you’ll often find at brunches, bridal showers and potlucks. But here, the salmon is grilled, giving it tons of added flavor, and it can be served chilled, like the classic, or warm from the grill.

Because this version of salmon with yogurt sauce is so versatile, it works well for any kind of entertaining, whether it’s for a large group or a small family. The sauce can be made ahead so the flavors have time to meld, and the salmon can be grilled in advance, too. Then, everything can be refrigerated and cooled for a refreshing and light summer meal or as part of a buffet.

Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce


Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 fillet (1 1/4 lbs.) salmon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
Heat grill to RED zone.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir yogurt, dill, capers, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Brush salmon with oil and grill, flesh side down for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn over and continue to grill for 4 to 5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.
Serve cold salmon with sauce.
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Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

With the warm weather here, we’ve been giving our grill a workout, preparing for Memorial Day and summer cookouts. We’ve been grilling salmon, steak, lemon chicken and tequila-marinated shrimp, but nothing can match our favorite dish so far this year: Grilled Bourbon Chicken.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

This is a far cry from the take-out bourbon chicken you order from Chinese restaurants. Our version contains real bourbon, so it has a little kick of spice and a hint of deep sweetness. It’s combined in the marinade with brown sugar, soy sauce, molasses, cloves and red pepper for a combination that will knock your socks off.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

We use a whole chicken, which is affordable, and with a little practice, it’s quick and easy to break down into 8 separate pieces yourself. Double bonus: you’ll not only save a few dollars per pound for a few minutes of effort, but you’ll end up with leftover parts perfect for a simple and delicious slow cooker chicken stock. You won’t have to buy stock the next time you need it, so it’s really like saving money twice. Can’t beat that!

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

Once bourbon-marinated chicken hits the hot grill, the sugars in the marinade start to caramelize on the skin, creating a gorgeous brown, crispy skin that has a sweet and smoky flavor you can’t quite describe, but definitely can’t put down.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

So as it turns out, Mac from The Whisky Grill was onto something when he talked to us about cooking with bourbon. It adds a lot to the flavor and texture of the chicken – so juicy! – and combined with the rest of the ingredients in this marinade, it’s a home run. We can’t wait to grill this bourbon chicken again on Memorial Day… and 4th of July… and probably again soon after that. Who even needs a holiday? If it’s nice out and we’re hungry, this is it.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach


Grilled Bourbon Chicken
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (3 to 3 1/2 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Instructions
In a large resealable plastic bag, add soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vegetable oil, garlic and crushed red pepper. Seal and shake bag to blend mixture.
Add chicken pieces to resealable bag. Seal and shake to coat chicken. Refrigerate overnight.
Heat grill to ORANGE zone (Medium-High heat).
Drain chicken, reserving marinade. In a 2-quart saucepan, cook over medium heat, about 20 minutes or until reduced to 3/4 cup. Set aside to serve with chicken.
Grill pieces, turning occasionally for 18 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 165°F.
Serve chicken with sauce.
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But restaurant-quality results don’t have to come from a steakhouse. Instead, they can start at home with an indoor grill that does what most grills can’t: keep meat tender and juicy without overcooking it.

Quick Assembly with Excellent Grill Performance.

843-quick-assembly-grillEveryone loves to grill outdoors, but assembling a new grillcan take 2 to 4 hours, not to mention the time it takes to decipher the often-confusing instructions.

With the Quick Assembly Grill, setup is a snap because the grill is partially assembled inside the package. Just roll the grill out of the box and unfold it with help from a friend. With only a Phillips screwdriver to attach the side shelves, you’ll be ready to grill your favorite steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, or chops in about 10 minutes.

With top-of-the-line features such as porcelain-coated, cast iron cooking grates and oversized temperature gauges, Hamilton Beach grills are built to perform.



Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

Spring is here, the grills are coming out and everyone is craving fresh, bright flavors and dishes with a little kick. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo are these grilled shrimp marinated in a blend of añejo tequila, lime and spices. They’ll bring a little fire and a lot flavor to your average taco.

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

Find some big, jumbo shrimp at the supermarket and fresh bell peppers and onions. While the shrimp is soaking up all that delicious south-of-the-border flavor, cut up your peppers and onions and start tossing them on the grill. (You can make the sauce in your personal blender ahead of time to save a few minutes of work on Cinco de Mayo.)

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

We recommend grilling the taco shells, too, as it really brings out the toasted corn flavor. Skewer the shrimp and cook them on a really hot grill for a couple minutes until they are just done. Be careful not to overcook them.

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

Set out all of the ingredients on your table – including some fresh lime margaritas – and let everyone dig in. The punchy flavor of the tacos will go perfectly with your drinks and a side of chips and salsa. It’s a quick and easy recipe full of festive fiesta flavor – and just in time for May 5th. Ole!

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach


Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
MARINADE
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
SAUCE
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
TACOS
1 green pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 red pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 yellow pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 medium sweet onion, quartered
6 to 8 small corn tortillas
1 tablespoon oil
1 avocado, cut into strips
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
8 wooden skewers
Instructions
In a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag, add tequila, lime juice, garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and shrimp. Shake bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat grill on SEARING. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, cumin and salt until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Grill peppers and onions for 15 minutes, turning once until tender. Remove from grill to a platter and cover until ready to serve.
Drain shrimp and discard marinade. Thread 6 shrimp onto each skewer.
Place 4 skewers on grill and cook for 3 minutes, turning once. Remove from grill to a platter and cover. Repeat grilling with remaining skewers.
Lightly brush oil on one side of each tortilla. Grill 30 seconds to 1 minute to get grill marks and tortilla is warmed. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Top each tortilla with peppers, avocado, shrimp and cilantro. Drizzle with Sauce. Fold in half to serve.
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Hamilton Beach Searing Grill @hamiltonbeach

 

With the Indoor Searing Grill, you can enjoy outdoor grilled flavor anytime you want, regardless of the weather. There are two secrets to its excellent grilling capability. The Searing Grill’s high-heat searing temperature locks in juices and flavor, giving your meat better taste, texture and appearance. What’s more, its unique hooded design helps keep in flavor to give your food that authentic outdoor grilled taste.

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

 Quick Assembly with Excellent Grill Performance.

843-quick-assembly-grillEveryone loves to grill outdoors, but assembling a new grillcan take 2 to 4 hours, not to mention the time it takes to decipher the often-confusing instructions.

With the Quick Assembly Grill, setup is a snap because the grill is partially assembled inside the package. Just roll the grill out of the box and unfold it with help from a friend. With only a Phillips screwdriver to attach the side shelves, you’ll be ready to grill your favorite steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, or chops in about 10 minutes.

With top-of-the-line features such as porcelain-coated, cast iron cooking grates and oversized temperature gauges, Hamilton Beach grills are built to perform.



Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

William McCormack, affectionately known by regulars as “Mac,” has been a bartender since he was 18 and has owned bars since he was 24. He is the owner of McCormack’s Whisky Grill in Richmond, Virginia’s “Fan” district, which he started because he was “bored and curious.” At the time, he was putting in a lot of work at his other restaurant, McCormack’s Irish Pub, known for its rowdy but loyal punk rock following. He was no longer enamored with his day-to-day work, and when he turned 30, he became curious about spirits and their unique qualities. He dove right into every aspect of bar education, reigniting his fire for the industry, and started serving premium spirits for a small, but interested, segment of his clientele. He began to understand there was a connoisseur market out there, and wanted to open a restaurant just for them. “The Whisky,” in its repurposed-wood and library-wall-of-spirits glory, was born.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

The Whisky has no phones, no TVs and no website. It’s not an oversight. For its first few years, the Whisky Grill didn’t even take credit cards. “There’s a lot of people that don’t like me, but they aren’t my ideal customer, so I don’t care. Sometimes I do controversial things; I’m kind of loud mouth. But the right people really love it, and we have a very loyal following now,” Mac explains, still channeling his devil-may-care attitude. But don’t let his punk cred fool you. Mac has three college degrees (“I was just curious about things,” he explains.) and got into medical school. “Being a doctor was my a backup plan in case owning a bar didn’t work out.”

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

His thirst for knowledge paid off. The Whisky is known for being one of the most discerning places in town. “We often pick what our customers drink. We ask them what kind of spirit they want, how they want it served, and their price range. I never expected people would look to us for recommendations as much as they do, but it’s fun and they trust us,” Mac explains.

Mac guides us through the various types of American whiskies sitting on the huge library shelving behind him, such as moonshine, bourbon, malts and blended varieties; then through Scotland, Wales, Japan and Ireland. They all have different characteristics. Mac tells us bourbon is more popular in the United States, and it’s growing in popularity in Japan, but most whiskies of the world emulate smokier Scotch whiskies.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Since the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, we ask him for a recommendation to use in the South’s most prized cocktail, the mint julep. Bourbons tend to be on the sweeter side of the whisky lexicon, so they work well in a julep. Lexington or Larceny brands are appropriately sweet with a fruity smell. But if you don’t have these on hand, use whatever you like. “Who am I to tell you what you like?” Mac says. “There are some guys who wear salmon colored pants with blue whales all over them. It’s not my style, but there are people who love those things. It’s all personal taste.”

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Good bourbon has a lot of nuances that can get lost in a cocktail, so he suggests when making a mixed drink you sub a lower-priced bottle. He’ll even downsell a customer at The Whisky if they order something he feels will get lost in the drink. He explains there are plenty of affordable whiskies out there as good as their expensive counterparts. “Don’t be afraid to try something new when shopping,” he says. “If it’s $15 and you’ve never had it, the worst scenario is you don’t like it straight and you’ll like it mixed with ginger ale or used in cooking.”

Cooking with alcohol is one of the best ways to use it. Wines,
bourbons and beers add extra dimension and depth to food.

Cooking with alcohol is one of the best ways to use it. “We use bourbon in over ten dishes here at the restaurant. Wines, bourbons and beers add extra dimension and depth to food. It creates an amazing richness as the alcohol cooks off.” Home cooks should be careful using bourbon and whiskey in their food because it can be flammable. Use it sparingly and keep an eye on what you’re doing. The acidity in whisky also works great in marinades for because it helps break down the muscle fibers in tough cuts of meat. Mac suggests using sage, basil, dill, lemons, garlic, salt and pepper, and a cup each of bourbon, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. He does this with fish, mushrooms and meats.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

We steer back to the mint julep. Contrary to what many think, it’s not supposed to be really sweet, so Mac only uses about half a teaspoon of sugar or a teaspoon of simple syrup. He grabs 6-7 mint leaves, likely grown in the garden behind the restaurant, and muddles it with the simple syrup. He adds a full measure (2 oz.) of bourbon and muddles again, then adds a few ice cubes and shakes it well in a shaker to bruise the mint even more and combine it with the whiskey. Some recipes call for soda, but he reminds us the original recipe for mint juleps didn’t use it, so he doesn’t either. (Despite his rebellious nature, he has a charming appreciation for tradition.) He pours the julep into a glass, garnishes with a mint leaf, and serves us. The room smells like mint, sugar and spice, and everyone agrees it’s the perfect amount of sugar and soda isn’t necessary at all.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

He then makes us a non-traditional julep (“I love doing things non-traditionally,” he says, not recognizing his contradiction.) with sliced fresh ginger, 6-7 mint leaves and a splash of simple syrup. The fresh ginger adds a nice spicy zip to the drink. We can see why this is Mac’s favorite way to enjoy a mint julep. It’s delicious, and ginger is really inexpensive, so this is a fun summer drink to enjoy on the cheap.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Blueberries and raspberries highlight the final mint julep he makes. He adds a little more sugar than last time to carry the fruity notes. This drink was born as a custom creation for a friend’s wedding, and it’s been popular in their circle ever since. It gets rave reviews and everyone thinks of porch cocktails on a spring weekend. It’s a beautiful julep – full of bright colors from the berries and mint – so it makes sense it was used for a wedding.

Three Ways with Mint Juleps with McCormack’s Whisky Grill from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

You can try the mint julep with blackberries, oranges, or peaches and cream. You can also swap out the mint for basil or sage. While adamant Southerners might want to stick to their classic mint juleps (and they are delicious), Mac suggests thinking outside the box and trying something different. If you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party, suggest everyone dress up and wear big hats. Serve the mint juleps with a cheese assortment, sausages, smoked fish (which he points out is not southern, but from his New Jersey upbringing) and some crackers. Cheap, fun and perfect for a Kentucky-style spring weekend.

McCormack’s Whisky Grill | 204 N Robinson St Richmond, VA 23220
2nd location: McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill | Regency Square Mall, Eastridge Rd, Tuckahoe, VA 23229