Memorial Day BBQ Picnic Recipes: Drunk Corn, Tropical Chicken Sticks and Patriotic Fruit Parfait

Memorial Day marks the start of summer, BBQs and days at the beach for many families across the US. Hello 80 degree days and backyard barbecues with friends and family. With the Memorial Day fast approaching, we put together a complete BBQ picnic recipe list that will please young, old and those in between! 


Let’s start with my dessert inspired by Evite ..because, well, everyone eats dessert first on holidays, right? Although this recipe can barely be called a recipe at all – it’s so stinking easy! – it is sure to be a hit with everyone.
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Patriotic Fruit Parfait


  • 6 Vanilla Super Snack Pack Pudding cups
  • 2 cans of Reddi-Wip Real Cream
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

memorial day parfait 3 Directions

  1. Blend Reddi-Wip with Vanilla pudding in a large bowl (Note: You will use about 3 cups of Reddi-Wip per 1 Snack Pack. Feel free to adjust this mixture to suit your taste)
  2. Spoon mixture into cups, layering fruit in between.
  3. Serve immediately or you can pre-make and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Tropical Chicken Sticks


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce4
  • 3-4 lbs chicken filets
  • skewers


  1. Mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce in small saucepan over med heat. Remove from heat just before it comes to a boil.
  2. In a medium bowl cover the chick’n with pineapple marinade.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  5. Place the chicken on kabob skewers.
  6. Oil the grate lightly.
  7. Grill until cooked through – watch closely.

*TIP* You can make this recipe vegan friendly by using 4 boxes of Gardein Chick’n Filets instead of chicken :)

bbq cornDrunk BBQ Corn


  • 10 ears fresh corn with husks
  • 1 quart beer (non-alcoholic or wheat free if desired)
  • 1 (7 pound) bag of ice cubes


  1. Fill an ice check with the corn.
  2. Pour beer on top.
  3. Cover corn with ice and top the cooler with a id..
  4. Allow to marinate 8hrs or overnight.
  5. Preheat smoker to 250 degrees.
  6. Place corn in the smoker and close the lid.
  7. Cook for 1 to 2 hours, turning about every 20 minutes.
  8. Kernels should give easily under pressure when done.
  9. Peel husk and eat.

NOTE: Drunk BBQ Corn and Tropical Chicken Sticks recipes courtesy of Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, The Healthy Voyager. Check out “The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen” for more delicious plant-based recipes from around the world.

46 thoughts on “Memorial Day BBQ Picnic Recipes: Drunk Corn, Tropical Chicken Sticks and Patriotic Fruit Parfait”

  1. Thank you for linking up at Inspiration Monday Party, Jeana! I will be featuring your Patriotic Fruit Parfait’s tomorrow on Redhead’s Kitchen! Congrats! Your Featured Chef Ribbon will be waiting for you! ~ Julie

  2. What a lovely, wholesome barbecue menu! I love the idea of marinating the corn in beer and the marinade on the chicken sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned :-)

  3. Looks like you guys had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for linking up and sharing this with us at the @WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. The fruit parfait is such an easy dessert or snack! I’m pinning that for my kids to make.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

  5. That chicken sounds delish!! I have heard of smoking corn with the husks, but never tried it! It looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks delish, Jeana! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us! Pinning this!

  7. Okay, your recipes today look plain amazing! I am drooling all over myself and I just ate lunch!! I would be honored if you would stop by Pure Grace Farms and link this gorgeous recipe at the Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop this evening. This will be my first week at co-hosting and I am beyond excited! Blessings…Shari

  8. Those patriotic parfaits are too cute! I love that they are full of healthy fruits and sweet treats. And that drunk corn? YUM! Can I come to your party?

  9. I could eat that fruit parfait right now. What do you mean dessert first on holidays? You mean not every day?

  10. I’m pretty sure I’m in love with all the food in this post! Especially that yogurt parfait-life’s short, eat dessert first, right? ;)

    Plus it helps it’s quite a healthy dessert, too!

  11. That corn does look tasty. And the beach looks great too. I love bbqs, long weekends, and the beach! Happy Memorial Day to you.

  12. yum!! that looks so delicious! I’ll have to pick up some corn to grill this weekend, because it’s one of the veggies that my little guy loves :) I like grilling out, because it keeps the house cooler and cleaner :P That parfait is perfect for summer and for breakfast!

  13. I love bbq corn. I really do. There is something about the flavor of the smoke and char. We love grilling out in our home.

  14. We are attending a family cookout this Saturday in honor of Memorial Day. I love these simple recipes and the food photos look so good!

  15. Ooh, that all looks so good! We’re roadtripping this year, so we’ll probably have to eat nasty fast food on the road. :( I’ll have to try these another weekend!

  16. I love the parfait. Vanilla pudding is one of my favorites, and I’m sure you could make it with yogurt, too!


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