7 Honey-Inspired Recipes to Make Your Memorial Day Sweeter with Honey!

Posted by National Honey Board on May 25, 2016

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The weather is heating up and we all know what that means…..it's time to pull that dusty cover off the grill and fire it up. If you're hosting a sweet summer cookout, we're here to help bring your summer entertaining to whole new level with honey!

Honey is a pure, all-natural ingredient that elevates every part of your menu, giving your recipes unbeatable flavor and unmatched functional benefits. From balancing flavors to locking in all the yummy natural moisture for juicy meats and acting as an emulsifier in sauces and glazes, one-ingredient honey performs a slew of tasks spanning both sweet and savory dishes.

This year you will be the queen bee of the backyard BBQ! We've got everything, from pre-dinner bites, delectable side dishes, a delicious dessert and sweet beverages. Our honey-inspired recipes will make you the envy of the neighborhood because they embody everything we love about honey, grilling and summer.

While our Honey Grilled Chicken is the star of this party, guests want something to munch on before the big meal. Try setting out some fresh veggies with our Bees in Herb Garden Dip. Rich, creamy and full of flavor, your friends will be begging for the recipe.

Now, what's a summer cookout without the perfect beverages to keep you and your guests cool in the warm sunshine? Well, honey's sweetness and flavor balancing qualities make it the ideal base for all kinds of drinks! For the children running around we have our exotic and fruity Honey-Hibiscus Orange Punch, courtesy of our good friend and honey ambassador Chef David Guas, and for the adults, a twist on a summertime classic, our Alfalfa Arnold Palmer Cocktail.

Everyone knows that a star can't stand alone, so we are also including a couple of delicious sides to accompany our chicken. Honey adds the perfect touch of sweetness to our Honey Glazed Grilled Fruit Salad.

And what's a barbecue without baked beans? Honey enhances flavors in Chef Guas' sweet and savory Honey Baked Black Beans.

At this point your guests are both amazed and stuffed with all the delicious honey eats you have served up, but there is still one more surprise in store, the icing on the cake. No party is complete without a sweet dessert and we've got just what you need. With the warm weather, there is nothing quite like a cold popsicle, and our Honey Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles have just the right amount for sweet and tart to truly hit the sweet spot.

And now, congratulate yourself; you've done it. You have officially pulled off the party of the summer! You can see it all now, can't you? Well, don't wait another minute. It's time to call up your friends and neighbors; we're taking all of honey's all-natural benefits to the bee-bee-que! Honey, fire up that grill!