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Memorial Day BBQ – A Twist on Tradition

Memorial Day is the day that we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day for almost 150 years in this country, the spirit of the holiday remains the same even today. However, the way in which we celebrate has certainly changed over the years. Where it began a sad, mourning holiday, it has grown into a celebration of life, a time to be with our loved ones and honor those lost.

Today, the most common celebration for Memorial Day is to have a barbecue. In fact, Memorial Day is the second most popular holiday for barbecuing (after July 4th). As you may have seen on our Facebook Page, we’ve dedicated this week to Memorial Day Barbecue ideas and recipes. So, we thought we’d take it a step further with some helpful techniques and tips for the big BBQ this weekend. Enjoy!

  • Give it time to heat up. In order to make sure your grill reaches the right temperature and kills off any bacteria that might be in there, be sure to preheat your grill 15-20 minutes before cooking.
  • A clean grill is a healthy grill. It’s easier to remove debris and residue from prior meals when the grill is hot. Use a wire grill brush on your grill rack after preheating to ensure a clean slate, and again after you use it.
  • Avoid sticky situations. Reduce sticking food by oiling up your grill rack. Use tongs to hold an oil-soaked paper towel (make sure it isn’t dripping into the flames), and rub it over the rack. Never use cooking spray on a hot grill.
  • Food poisoning (or worse) isn’t fun. Always use separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked food to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Contemplate before you marinate. Never baste food with the same liquid you marinated it in. Make extra marinade just for basting, or boil your marinating liquid before using it again. Refrigerate while marinating.
  • Reduce flare-ups. Try to use leaner cuts of meat, trim excess fat and remove the skin from poultry before grilling.
  • Think before you reach. Don’t forget, kebab skewers get hot on the grill. Enough said.
  • Know thy grill. Every grill is different, and will have different hotter and cooler spots. Know where those spots are so you can use them to your advantage.
  • Don’t lose the juice. When turning meat on the grill, use tongs or a spatula, rather than a fork, as piercing it can cause the juices to escape. When the meat is cooked, let it rest on a clean platter (tented with foil for better results) for about 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute evenly.
  • Dress the part. Don’t forget to put on your chef apron or chef coat before hitting the grill, to avoid splatter while cooking!


While we do realize that “barbecue” and “grilling” are not interchangeable, for the purposes of our Memorial Day celebrations, we’ll assume they are.

Memorial Day: Remembering the Lost

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day in which we remember those who lost their lives in service to our country. However, in light of recent events, we feel that we should also honor and remember the 3 Boston Marathon victims, the 24 Oklahoma Tornado victims, and the 28 Newton school shooting victims, as well as everyone else who lost their lives due to a tragedy like these.

With that in mind, Memorial Day in recent years has become more than simply honoring and remembering people who have perished. It has also become a day in which we gather with family and friends and celebrate that togetherness. But it is important to not lose sight of the true purpose of the day. So, this Memorial Day, while you man the BBQ in your chef coats and cook for your friends and relatives, don’t forget to remember why we have this holiday in the first place: To honor the fallen.

A Big Thank You to Our Nation’s Finest

ChefUniforms.com would like to wish all of our loyal readers and fans a happy Memorial Day today! Always on the last Monday in May, this holiday originated as a federal holiday to honor those who died while fighting in the Civil War. Later, it became a day to pay tribute to all of our fallen service men and women from the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, people use this long weekend to gather together with family and friends and to honor those who have died fighting for our country. We show our patriotism in many different ways, including fireworks displays, parades, and the good old fashioned BBQ.

As you may already know, May is National Barbecue Month, but what you may not know is that today is not only Memorial Day, it’s also National Hamburger Day! So, to honor our fallen American soldiers and to celebrate this great tradition, here are some patriotic dishes that are inspired by this great country of ours.





If you haven’t already, be sure to come by ChefUniforms.com and pick yourself up some patriotic-colored chef uniforms. You can wear a red or white chef coat with a blue shirt underneath, or choose your own style to show your USA pride!

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