16 Easy Memorial Day Party Recipes You Need To Start Summer 2016 Off Right

A long holiday weekend is upon us once again, and there is absolutely no better way to ring in the summer season than with a barbecue. Memorial Day is a wonderful excuse to gather outside and finally fire up the grill, and these Memorial Day barbecue recipes are sure to get the party going.

After a long, cold winter, I think we are all very excited to pack up our warm sweaters and boots in exchange for breezy tanks and sandals. Finally a beach trip doesn’t feel like an absurd idea, or a fuzzy memory from long ago. Though we still have a few weeks before the official first day of summer, I would like to declare Memorial Day as the unofficial, official start of summer. So break out a watermelon, a bathing suit, and obviously sunscreen, and let’s get this party started. Not all of the barbecue recipes below require an actual grill, but they are all great for an outdoor party. But even if you are hosting a more intimate gathering in your apartment, with only an oven to help, there is something here for you too.

These barbecue recipes are perfect for any kind of celebration. Happy weekend!

1. Grilled Pineapple Latte

Start the day off right with a grilled pineapple latte from A Beautiful Mess. Drink of the summer, anyone?

2. Honey Lime Chicken Wings

This killer recipe from A Cozy Kitchen is sure to please a crowd.

3. Roasted Curry Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini

You can pop these eats from A Farm Girl's Dabbles in the oven while you go back to hosting your party.

4. Ginger Lemonade Collins

This refreshing drink from A Better Happier St. Sebastian is easy to make and kicks your party up a notch.

5. Apricot Mojito

Oh apricots, how I love thee. This drink from Food and Style will cool you off on a summer day.

6. Pesto Grilled Chicken with Fresh Tomato Pasta

I can't say no to a chicken and pasta dish like this one from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

7. Coffee Brushed BBQ Ribs

I'll bet you've never had ribs like these from A Spicy Perspective before.

8. Barbecued Maple Balsamic Burger

Um, have you ever heard of anything as delicious as this maple balsamic burger from Adventures in Cooking?

9. Pork Barbecue Skewers

It's not a barbecue if there aren't any skewers like these from Apron and Sneakers.

10. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

No grill, no problem. You can make these sliders from Back to Her Roots.

11. Barbecue Brussels Sprout Pizza

Just because it's a barbecue doesn't mean you can't have pizza. Try this recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

12. Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Pizza

And another pizza, because why not. This cheesy dish is from Big Girls Small Kitchen.

13. Grilled Shawarma Corn with Fresh Dill

Gotta get those vegetables. Head to Climbing Grier Mountain for the full recipe.

14. Dad's Baked Beans

You have got to have beans at the party. Try this recipe from The Brewer and the Baker.

15. Grilled Avocado

This super easy dish from Food and Style is healthy and delicious.

16. Watermelon Slice Jell-O Shots

OK, NOW it's a party. Thanks, A Beautiful Mess.

Images: A Beautiful Mess (2), A Cozy Kitchen, A Farm Girl's Dabbles, A Better Happier St. Sebastian, Food and Style, A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, A Spicy Perspective, Adventures in Cooking, Apron and Sneakers, Back to Her Roots, Big Girls Small Kitchen, Climbing Grier Mountain, The Brewer and the Baker