Your Memorial Day weekend guide to grilling, eating and drinking

Get your grill game strong for Memorial Day. / Photo from the Austin American-Stateman

Have you really experienced Memorial Day weekend if you haven’t grilled out? Get ready for your barbecue with these recipes, tips and products.

Grilling recipes, tips and books to read

Food writer Mark Bittman’s latest book, “How to Grill Everything,” provides tips and recipes for grilling, including how not to overcook chicken and the best way to grill fish.

Female chefs in Atlanta are bosses behind the grill, and give their top tips for upping your grill game (you meat will stick to the grill no longer!)

You might be a grilling expert, but there’s always room for improvement — here are four things you might be doing wrong behind the grill and how to fix them.

Love your Big Green Egg? The company is headquartered here, and shares tips and recipes for getting the perfectly Big Green Egg-prepared food.

Try something a little different with these recipes for grilled skewers, spiedini and shawarma or barbecue with a decidedly Korean flair.

Looking for more books and recipes to up your grill game? Check out these barbecue tomes from well-known chefs here and here.

 

More grilling, products to buy

Atlanta History Center is celebrating the art of barbecue with “Barbecue Nation,” a new food-centric exhibition, focusing on the idea that barbecue is a truly American food.

From the perfect fish fry mix to premium meats delivered to your door, these are the products that’ll keep your Memorial Day on track.

 

What to make if it rains

It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B in case rain makes grilling outside too difficult. These make-inside recipes will help you forget all about char-grilled burgers.

Ditch the grill and get acquainted with your:

Cast iron

Instant Pot

Slow cooker

Rimmed baking sheet

Panini press

 

Mary Mac’s Potato Salad/ AJC file photoL

Can’t-miss side dishes, desserts

Elevate your grilled meats with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants:

Marlow’s Tavern Smoked Trout Dip

S&S Cafeteria Mac and Cheese

Century House Tavern Collard Greens

Mary Mac’s Tea Room Potato Salad

Daddy’s Country Kitchen Cole Slaw

King of Pops Strawberry Pop

Southern Kitchen Classic Caramel Cake

Make your own North Georgia apple pie

 

Cutwater Spirits carries four, low-ABV canned cocktails available at Tower Wine & Spirits. Photo: Beth McKibben

What to drink

Stay hydrated with these cocktails…

Make the refreshing Neapolitan Storm from The Local Pizzaiolo

Learn to make the El Diablo from The Pinewood

Mix up the ginger lemonade mocktail from Wahoo Grill

 

Beers…

Try these six spring-to-summer sippers

Try a crisp, Mexican lager

Try this locally-made pale ale

 

…and wines

10 canned wines to try right now

Try rosé every which way

 

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