How to Prepare Your Memorial Day BBQ with Your Family

A U.S. flag stands proudly behind a BBQ grill ready for Memorial Day weekend.Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Now is the time to remember those our country has lost as well as celebrate the community and people we have at home. Starting with the community we have in our home, Memorial Day is a great family event.

The current stay-at-home order in our state won’t prevent you and your family from having a great family holiday. This year’s celebration may look different than other years, but there is a chance to bring in some familiar touches. Keep reading to learn our tips for prepping for your family Memorial Day BBQ during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

1. Make it Fun with a Theme

Going patriotic makes for an easy theme. Red, white, and blue plates and napkins make decorating a breeze. Make some crafts beforehand with the kids (also good to give them an activity if you are working from home). Easy crafts include pinwheels and painted stars. Try filling mason jars with flowers from around the yard or a nearby park, then tie festive ribbons around the jars. 

2. Keep it Simple

Today is a holiday and a much-needed chance for you and your family to take a break. Go easy with the menu. Try a few staples for the main dishes (burgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc.) and then go for a few sides. Help everyone feel connected by asking each family member to be in charge of one dish.

3. Grilling on the Big Day

Get the food all set up, so no one is worried about being hungry. Make sure to prep your meats with dry rubs or marinades for extra flavor. Clean off the grill with soap pads or wire brushes. Preheat the grill for about 15 minutes. Now get into the grilling and don’t forget to have a cold drink nearby!

4. Competition Brings out the Smiles

Everyone likes a little competition. Get out the lawn games. Try cornhole or horseshoes for hours of fun. For larger families, three-legged races and water balloon tosses are great games for hours of fun. If you have a few activity zones, the kids will have something to do while you are getting food ready. 

5. Have a Backup Plan

Always have a backup plan. Rain can ruin outdoor plans, or just change them. Have a slip-and-slide handy if the rain starts pouring. Make sure you can switch to indoor cooking. Have some indoor games as a good plan B. 

Take it Easy with Takeout BBQ from the Famous Dave’s

Make your Memorial Day BBQ even easier with takeout or catering from Famous Dave’s. Whether you need a backup plan or want to focus on the games of the day and relaxing, we have your tasty food covered. Our award-winning sauces and recipes will have the whole family satisfied and full. Though our dining inside the restaurant is currently closed, we can make the food for you in a safe environment. 

Return to Work celebration at Famous Dave's

There is no denying that the past year or so has been incredibly difficult for employees and businesses worldwide. Consequently, it is important to show some appreciation for everything your employees have had to go through and the loyalty they have...

Guide To Having A Family Rib Cook-Off

Nothing beats a tasty BBQ, and what better way to enjoy BBQ food than a family rib cook-off? If you’ve never held a cook-off before you’re probably wondering where to begin. To help you plan an amazing event, check out these five ideas...

Pick the Perfect Menu for Your Graduate's Party

Originally posted on 06/17/2019 With your graduate’s time in high school coming to a close, it is time to party! You have so many options to explore with the party to give them a last get-together with friends and family before...

How to Throw a Great Outdoor Party in Winter

This year has been a tough time for seeing people. The many social distancing guidelines are important to keep people safe, but they also might have left you feeling disconnected. Luckily, during the summer getting together while being responsible...

How to Throw an Outdoor Halloween Party

The leaves have begun to change and the days are starting to end earlier. You know what that means, right?  It is getting spookier out there! Halloween draws closer, along with all the fun and excitement that go with it. The 2020...

Top 4 Tips for Fall Outings with Famous Dave's

With the recent shift in weather and the kids heading back to school (or maybe heading to their laptops for digital school), fall is finally here for the year. Some people feel the slightly cooler breeze and run indoors. Avoid that urge! Fall...

Top 5 Tips for How to Prep Your Grill for the Season

After a long winter and despite much social distancing, it is time to dust off your grill. If you have found that you put off firing up your grill for the season, you are not alone. But now is the time to start it up for you and your family to enjoy...

8 Tips for Safe Winter Grilling: Do's and Don'ts

At this point, we have had a few snowfalls, the cold has been here for months, and spring is still a distant goal. Despite the weather, many die-hard barbequers have a craving that only the grill can satisfy. For our hardiest of friends, grilling is...

Can BBQ Meals be Healthy? [Benefit List Included]

Have you made any nutrition-related New Year’s resolutions? Are you counting calories or cutting carbs? There are many benefits of eating barbeque meals that go beyond the amazing flavors. We consider many nutritional needs when creating our...

Famous Dave's BBQ Honors Veteran's Day

Recognizing people for their contribution is a vital part of Famous Dave’s. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the many honors, awards, and recognition we have received throughout the years. We also wouldn’t be here as a...

How to Keep Your BBQ Sauce Souvenirs While Traveling

Sure, you can get the award-winning BBQ meat and sauces of Famous Dave’s at one of our restaurants, but what about when you are on the road? Many people enjoy food as one of the top reasons for traveling. While on the road you can enjoy...

Five Questions To Ask Your Corporate Event Caterer

​When planning a corporate event, there are a lot of components to juggle. The venue needs to be set up, speakers and presenters need necessary space and equipment, and of course, you have to feed your guests. To eliminate the panic that comes...

BBQ Catering for Your Wedding

  A couple has much to consider when they put together their wedding day. Who to invite, what venue to select, and which theme to go with are just a few of their many choices. Going with a catering service can help you have the best...

Best Side Dishes for Your Next Barbecue

Getting together a barbeque is about creating an experience. Every meal can draw people together to enjoy food and each other’s company. But there is something about barbequing that makes for a relaxing time and a connection to the...

Top 10 Winter Grilling Tips

We have all seen the pictures of folks barbequing in shorts, sandals, and a tank top over the summer. Grabbing some cold ones while the meat sizzles on the grill sounds like a great way to spend a summer day. But about when you get those charcoal...

Picking the Right Sauce for You

Famous Dave’s DMV brings new meaning to barbequed food. Before you get a plate of award-winning meat cooked to perfection, your food goes through several stages. First, the cook hand rubs the meat with spices. Next, the slab goes into the...

3 Benefits Of Having Your Party Catered

Hosting a party can be an intimidating undertaking for even the most hospitable among us. Events ranging from a child birthday party to a family holiday or formal banquets and events, throwing a party requires a lot of time and careful planning. The...

Operation Barbeque Relief

Famous Dave's is proud to be a Hall of Fame member for Operation Barbeque Relief A non-profit response team providing hot meals to those in need after disaster strikes The mission of Operation BBQ Relief is to provide compassion and to...
Sink Your Teeth Into This!
Like Free Stuff? Sign Up For Rewards!
Download our app and earn "BONES" for each visit, receive exclusive offers, and get a FREE burger or sandwich just for signing up! OR join the Famous Nation to receive news, offers, and a tasty gift for your birthday!
Proud Sponsor
Special Olympics of Maryland
Proud Supporter
Vienna Little League
Proud Sponsor
Marine Corps Marathon