Memorial Day Recipes and Ideas

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The month of May is well underway, so it’s about time we started thinking about Memorial Day! Memorial Day was first observed in the US back in 1868, although back then it was named Decoration Day! Though the name has changed, the reason for celebrating remains the same – to honor all those who have died while serving in our armed forces. Of course, Memorial Day wouldn’t be much of a celebration without an all-American spread of grilled meats, burgers, hotdogs, and some home-baked cookies or pumpkin pie! Here at NetCost Market, we’ve got some great recipe ideas that will make your Memorial Day one to remember!

Oven-roasted pulled pork with a sweet and spicy sauce

This pulled pork recipe is great if you don’t have a backyard or if the weather outside just isn’t grilling weather! It brings together the classic herbs and spices such as cumin, ground cilantro, and jalapeño peppers that make pulled pork so distinctive, and then adds a delightfully sweet and spicy sauce that goes perfectly with any roasted meat!


Ingredients: For the pork – 1 tbsp. ground cumin, 1 tbsp. ground coriander, 1 tbsp. paprika, salt, ground black pepper, 1 7lb. bone-in and skin-on pork butt or shoulder (cut into 3 or four pieces), ½ cup apricot jam, 2 medium onions (sliced), 4 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced.
For the Sauce – 1 cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ ketchup, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, ½ tsp. red pepper, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp black pepper.

To make:

  • Preheat the oven to 300F, and then combine the cumin, cilantro, paprika, 5 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Cover a baking tray with aluminum foil and the place the pork on the tray. Then, rub the spice mixture all over the pork, ensuring it gets into all the folds and crevices. Spoon the jam on the pork and coat completely.
  • Scatter the onions and jalapeño peppers over the meat, then cover with more aluminum foil and seal at the edges to make an airtight seal over the meat. Roast the pork for 5 hours.
  • While the meat is roasting, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, red pepper, salt, and black pepper in a small pan. Bring it to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once done, shred the meat using two forks and remove the bones. Add the onions, jalapeño peppers, and remaining juices and mix together. Serve with salad, bread, or classic sides of corn and coleslaw, and of course the great sweet and spicy sauce!

Cauliflower steaks with scallions

This cauliflower dish is the perfect side for meats of all kinds and what’s more, it’s quick, easy, and deceptively healthy!


Ingredients: 1 large cauliflower, 6 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 bunch scallions, 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger (peeled and grated), 1 clove of garlic, ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice, toasted black sesame seeds, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper.

To make:

  • Remove the leaves of the cauliflower so that you’re left with the core.
  • Slicing across the core of the cauliflower, cut it into four 1-inch “steaks” keeping any parts that crumble off.
  • Get the grill going and drizzle some oil on the steaks and the parts that may have crumbled off. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill the scallions, turning so that they’re charred slightly.
  • Next, grill the cauliflower steaks until tender and starting to char in parts. Make sure that any parts that have broken loose are grilled in a grill basket.
  • Blend together the ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and 2 tbsp of oil in a food processor.
  • Drizzle the sauce on the cauliflower steaks and then sprinkle with cilantro, sesame seeds, and sesame oil before serving.

Strawberry pie

Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without a pie, and today we’re going to give you a recipe for a great strawberry pie that’ll be the hit of your Memorial Day celebration!


Ingredients: 1 9-inch pie crust, ¾ cup white sugar, ¾ cup all-purpose flour, 6 tbsp. butter, 1 pinch ground nutmeg, 4 cups fresh strawberries (hulled and chopped), ½ cup white sugar, another ½ cup all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp. corn starch.

To make:

  • Preheat oven to 400F and place a drip pan on the lowest shelf.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ¾ cup sugar, ¾ cup flour, butter, and nutmeg until a fluffy mixture is formed.
  • Place the cleaned, hulled, and chopped strawberries in a deep bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the ½ cup sugar, ½ cup flour, and the corn starch. Gently coat the berries in this mixture.
  • Pour the berries in the pie crust that’s placed in a 9-inch pie dish, mounding the berries in the middle of the dish.
  • Cover the berries with the topping and then top this with about 10 small (pea-sized) pieces of butter.
  • Bake the pie for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375F for an additional 40 minutes. 10 minutes before it’s done, sprinkle over a little extra sugar on the topping.
  • Serve hot or cold with ice cream or simply by itself!

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to show off your creative culinary skills, so get thinking well ahead of the day about what you can do to wow your guests and family! At NetCost Market, we love getting creative with the all-American classics, so head down to one of our stores to see how we can help you make this Memorial Day one to remember!