Everything You Need For the Perfect Summer Barbecue

With a luxurious three-day weekend stretching before us and (from where we sit) not a cloud in the sky, Memorial Day weekend calls out for grilling, picnicking, and relaxing out of doors. Whether you dive in deep with plans to make a home-smoked Texas-style brisket, you need a foolproof potato salad recipe to bring to a pot-luck, or you're looking to get as much mileage as possible out of a homemade dessert without turning on the oven, we've got you covered with our outdoor entertaining guides:

Main Courses

17 Styles of Regional American Barbecue

Grilling, Smoked Ribs
Grilling then smoking these ribs gives them an intense crust and soulful flavor.Michael Turek

A Dozen Meat-Free Grilling Ideas

corn
Place shucked corn on the grill for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally to evenly grill on all sides.Todd Coleman

A Guide to Classic Cuts of Meat for Barbecue

A guide to classic cuts of meat for barbecue
Taken from the belly of the hog, these are called "spare" because they're cut close to the rib to leave the belly intact to make bacon. These meaty ribs are fattier at one end of the rack and leaner at the other, intensely flavorful, and they take longer to cook than baby back ribs.Brenda Weaver

Classic Grilled Chicken Recipes

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
This grilled chicken dish is the Holy Trinity of weeknight cooking: delicious, quick, and made from easy-to-find ingredients.Farideh Sadeghin

The easy way to make a better (and gluten-free!) Corn Dog

Gluten-Free Corn Dogs
These golden corn dogs are gluten-free. The absence of wheat flour intensifies the corn batter's natural nutty sweetness.Anna Stockwell

20 Ideas for Flavorful Picnic Fare

Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad
In this summer salad, watermelon serves as a sweet counterpoint to the briny pungency of feta and olives.André Baranowski

Flavorful Ideas for Grilled Fish and Seafood

Koji-Cured Grilled Salmon
Koji-Cured Grilled SalmonFarideh Sadeghin

Side Dishes

18 Classic American Side Dishes

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip
This recipe is a far cry from the gloopy, mayonnaise-like onion dip you'll find in a jar at your local grocery store. It's light, tangy, and inspired by Persian mast-o-musir, a mix of diced shallots and yogurt or labneh. Here, the alliums are lightly cooked to soften their bite; it's the perfect thing to make for a beach picnic or summer cookout.Matt Taylor-Gross

14 Surprising Variations on Classic Potato Salad

14 Surprising Variations on Classic Potato Salad
Some recipes for this salad call for sauteing the onions in the bacon fat, but we prefer them left raw. This version comes from James Beard's American Cookery (Little, Brown & Co., 1972). Get the recipe for German Potato Salad »Helen Rosner

Perfect Pickle Recipes

Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma (close up)
Bittersweet satsumas, a citrus fruit native to Louisiana, brighten these pickled shrimp, which chef Justin Devillier of New Orleans' La Petite Grocery spikes with Korean chile flakes. Substitute tangerines or any orange-related citrus and crushed red chile flakes, if necessary. Get the recipe for Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma »Christina Holmes

Classic Takes on Baked Beans and Summer Slaws

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits.Drew Anthony Smith

16 Ideas For Sweet Summer Corn

Fettucine with Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions
For a creamy texture—without the cream—Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri purées fresh, starchy corn into a thick sauce that he then tosses with smoky scallions for a succulent summer pasta. Get the recipe for Fettucine with Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions »Matt Taylor-Gross

Condiments

DIY Pantry

The DIY Pantry

Bring the DIY pantry into your kitchenMatt Taylor-Gross

The Best Dipping Sauces

king crab gratin
Known as chupe de centolla, this Chilean crab gratin borders on a cheesy crab dip. While similar South American chupe are always prepared with milk-soaked bread and any combination of shrimp, scallops, shellfish, meats, and cheeses, Patagonia's version relies solely on the massive local king crabs, the hallmark of fishermen's kitchens along Chile's southernmost coast. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Crab Dip »William Hereford

10 Great Commercial Dry Rubs

dry rub
Barbecue rubs add more flavor to ribs, brisket, chicken wings and seafood. Rubs are generally a blend of salt, black pepper, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and other spices. These dry marinades definitely enhance the meat you grill.Helen Rosner

Desserts

Techniques