Memorial Day Grilling & the Ultimate Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

Memorial Day is not only a day of remembrance, it is also one of the top grilling days of the year. That means it’s time to start figuring out your menu options! Are you going dogs, burgers, chicken, pork, etc? Why not a combo platter? Don’t leave out vegetables!

The BBQ Dragon Rolling Grill Basket is the ultimate grilling tool – perfect for everything from vegetables to kabob meat, shrimp, hotdogs, and more!

Speaking of Grilled Vegetables

Did you know that there are a few ways you can add bonus flavor to your grilled veggies? Sure, a few dashes of salt and pepper or even a light brushing of olive oil works wonders… but don’t stop there!

  • Broth
  • Seasoned Steak Butter
  • Roasted nuts and a vinaigrette dressing toss

These are all ideas from the Grilled Veggie Hacks blog post – You can read the full article HERE

Top Grilling Holidays

According to a 2020 survey of grilling enthusiasts, the top holidays for firing up the grill or smoker start with Independence Day! Here’s how they break down according to the survey results.

  • Fourth of July
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day

Can’t argue with any of the above – but we think there’s probably a reason to fire up the BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity every day of the year!

The Ultimate Sweet and Spicy Molasses BBQ Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Splash of hot sauce

Saute the onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the butter. Combine with remaining ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on low for about 30 minutes.

Author Bio: Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is an award-winning culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned Young Reader, NASCAR, and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill. You can reach out to Kent at, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.




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