Top 20 Mother's Day Cookout Recipes

The Most Popular Barbecue Recipes for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is the one day a year we set aside to celebrate Mom and she would probably like nothing better than to not have to cook. Fire up the grill and impress her with one of these favorite dishes. They're perfect for the spring holiday and a great excuse for a cookout.

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    Basil-Tomato Chicken Breasts
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    A simple marinade and a little time on the grill is a great way to prepare chicken breasts. You'll love the Italian-inspired combination of tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Preparing a main dish really doesn't get much easier than this.

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    Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Chilean sea bass is a great fish for any barbecue. When you drizzle it with garlic butter and drench it in an oregano pesto, it gets even better. It is a perfect start to a truly delicious meal!

  • 03 of 20
    Citrus-Honey Grilled Shrimp
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    Grilled shrimp is nice on its own and it's even tastier when basted with bright flavors. This citrus-honey grilled shrimp recipe is quick and easy. Serve the sweetened shrimp as an entree or appetizer alongside grilled vegetables or fresh greens and pasta.

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    Grilled Lobster Tails
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    If you're looking to really step up your barbecue game, go with grilled lobster tails. It's perfect for any occasion and the moms in your life will enjoy its delicate flavor. Also, this is a great recipe for anyone who has not grilled shellfish before.

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  • 05 of 20
    Sage and Cumin Pork Tenderloin
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    With a spice blend that will tantalize your taste buds, this sage and cumin pork tenderloin is an unforgettable outdoor dining experience. The flavorful and thick marinade creates an entree that's ideal with a creamy potato salad or any of your favorite sides.

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    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Fish tacos reach a new level of deliciousness with this recipe. The halibut tacos are filled with a spicy radicchio-avocado slaw. The combination of fish and fresh produce is a pure delight and, if you're not a radicchio fan, cabbage will do just fine.

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    Chinese-Style Ribs
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    The taste of your favorite Chinese dishes come to life on the grill in extraordinary ways. The Chinese-style rib recipe uses a flavorful combination of hoisin and soy sauces along with five spice powder. The baby back ribs also have a sweeter side thanks to honey, lending it even more dimension. 

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Cake
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    It really is possible to bake a cake on your grill. Give it a try with this fun strawberry-rhubarb crumb cake that shows off the best produce of the spring season. It's easy to make and an amazing dessert when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Garlic-Lemon Rotisserie Chicken
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    Break out the rotisserie because it's time for the perfect spring chicken. Treat your special ladies to a garlic-lemon rotisserie chicken with a savory rub that is simply delectable.

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    Apple and Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
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    Bright, semi-sweet, and just a little spicy, the recipe for apple, honey, and mustard chicken breasts is a keeper. Test the recipe on Mother's Day and it may just become a new family favorite.

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    Marinated London Broil
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    If you're looking for a classic dish, it's hard to beat a London broil. This recipe uses a wine and balsamic vinegar marinade to keep things nice and tender. To make it as authentic as possible, look for a flank steak at the butcher.

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    Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon Fillets
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    Lemon and dill are a fantastic duo and they really shine on grilled salmon fillets. If you've enjoyed this from the kitchen, you'll find that taking it to the grill not only enhances the flavor but adds a nice caramelization as well.

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    Tapenade Stuffed Pork Loin
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Fans of the Mediterranean olive mixture known as tapenade are going to thoroughly enjoy this recipe. A pork loin stuffed with homemade tapenade is a delight on its own and it only gets better with the herb crust. This is a very special main dish that's perfect for a special occasion like this.

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    Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
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    Tapenade not your thing? Try a spinach stuffed beef tenderloin instead. It's a mouthwatering recipe that is surprisingly easy to make. It's also unique enough to become something Mom will have to tell everyone about.

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    Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade
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    Few flavors get us thinking about the upcoming summer like sun-dried tomatoes. They also happen to be an ideal base for a simple marinade. Pick your meat—poultry and pork are best, but fish and beef work, too—and try this delicious sun-dried tomato marinade.

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    Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs

    The Spruce

    Maybe Mom would like some good, old-fashioned barbecue chicken? If that's so, these BBQ chicken thighs are sure to please. Inspired by the pros at barbecue competitions, you don't have to be a grill master to pull off this simple recipe.

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    Grilled Crab
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    Any seafood is a perfect candidate for some time on the grill and crab is no exception. Enjoy the enhanced flavor of fresh Dungeness crab with this simple recipe, complete with white wine vinegar, ginger, jalapeno, and a touch of cilantro.

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    Grilled Salmon Taco Recipe
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Fresh, healthy, and the perfect dish for lunch on the patio, your family will love these grilled salmon tacos. You'll love just how easy they are to make! Top the lime-kissed, spiced, and grilled fish with fresh veggies and a creamy avocado ranch dressing and enjoy a fresh spin on a classic dish.

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    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops
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    Pork chops are among the easiest meat to grill and all they need is a little flavor. These maple-dijon pork chops use both an herb rub and a sweet glaze, resulting in a delectable sweet and savory chop that's hard to resist.

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    Grilled fruit sangria
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    You need a drink to go along with all this great food, right? Keep the grill theme going for Mother's Day and delight her with a tasty sangria with grilled fruit. The heat caramelizes the natural sugars of the fruit and gives this favorite red wine punch a new depth of flavor.  Just add the grilled fruit to your favorite sangria!