The Perfect Memorial Day BBQ Recipes!

Guest chef George Duran shares the best recipes for your Memorial Day BBQ including a red, white and blue potato salad; also edible vegetable skewers with a honey-chipotle barbecue sauce. Check out these amazing dishes from The Wendy Williams Show.

Deep Fried Crispy Ribs


1 pre-cooked rack of baby back ribs, dry-rubbed and refrigerated

1 C. flour

1 egg, beaten

1 C. seasoned Panko breadcrumbs

3 C. vegetable oil

Directions: Cut each rib individually and cover each one in flour. Then dredge it in beaten egg and finally adhere Panko breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a deep pan until shimmering (about 350F). Work in batches and fry each side of the crusted ribs and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.

This just made your cookout awesome.

Red White and Blue Potato Salad


½ lb. blue potatoes

1 C. mini mozzarella balls, like bocconcini

1 C. red cherry tomatoes

For Dressing:

6 oz. pancetta or smoked bacon

1 Tblsp. whole grain mustard

1 Tblsp. white wine vinegar

3 scallions, finely chopped

1 C. fresh basil, chopped

Salt and pepper

Shaved parmesan, optional

Directions: Cook blue potatoes until tender. Allow to come to room temperature. If larger than the cherry tomatoes, cut them down to a bite size. Place potatoes, mozzarella and tomatoes in a large salad bowl.

Make dressing by chopping and frying pancetta on medium heat until crispy brown. Allow to slightly cool, then mixing the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle dressing in salad and gently mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Edible Vegetable Skewers 

Prep Time: 30 minutes / Grill: 6 minutes / Yield: 15 skewers


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons garlic powder

3 tablespoons kosher salt or 2 tablespoons table salt

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 small zucchini

3 small yellow squash

15 baby carrots

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce


½ C. honey

1 C. Ketchup

3 Tblsp. chipotle sauce

½ C. dark molasses

4 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. liquid smoke

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

Directions: In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients for the spice rub together until well blended; set aside.

Cut the zucchini and squash in half lengthwise and gently scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Place the vegetables skin side down on a sheet pan. Sprinkle them evenly with salt and let them sit for 5 minutes to sweat. Rinse them in cold water to remove the excess salt and pat them dry with paper towels. Slice them widthwise into 1-inch pieces. Using the sharper end of a chopstick, gently screw a hole through the center of each piece. Put them into the spice rub and let them marinate while you prep the carrots.

Using a peeler, peel down the baby carrots to the width of a chopstick, leaving the top inch of the carrot to use as a handle. Gently push a piece of zucchini onto the carrot with the skin side facing the “handle” of the carrot. Next skewer a piece of squash at a 90 degree angle to the zucchini. Repeat 2 more times so that there are 2 pieces each of zucchini and squash on the carrot “skewer.” Repeat until all the carrots have been used.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 3 minutes on each side or just until the vegetables are tender.

Stars And Stripes Sangria 


2 pints strawberries, hulled and chopped

Granny smith apple slices cut into stars

1 cup blueberries

5 cups white grape juice

1 bottle dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)

½ cup brandy

½ cup orange liquer


Directions: Put all the ingredients into a large pitcher and gently stir to mix. Add some ice. Pour into glasses making sure to get a nice helping of fruit into each one. Serve with spoons.

Make Memorial Day even more memorable!

Chuey Martinez

Chuey Martinez

Chuey Martinez is on air radio host at KIIS FM and REAL 92.3! Read more


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