It’s Memorial Day Long Weekend! And this weekend officially kicks off the grilling season! Here at Timber Block Insulated Log Homes, we all got together, and picked our favorite recipes to make the perfect Memorial Day Cookout!

This one comes from We’ve tried out this recipe…while you have to start hours before you serve, they are very easy to prepare, and then end result is FABULOUS!

Sweet Cola Ribs


Sweet Cola Barbecue Sauce:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups ketchup
1 can cola
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Dry Rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 racks pork spare ribs (about 3 pound each)


For the sauce:

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add oil. Once heated, add the onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

For the dry rub:

Whisk all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. This can be stored up to 6 months in an airtight container.

For the ribs:

Rinse and dry ribs. Place on a clean cutting board, pull off the membrane and trim the ribs of excess fat. Liberally season both sides of the ribs with rub. Wrap ribs with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours so flavors can permeate.

Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. using hickory and charcoal. Set up your grill for indirect heat.

Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill away from the coals. Close grill cover. Cook the pork ribs for 1 hour 15 minutes; flipping several times for even cook. *Coat ribs with Sweet Cola Barbecue Sauce and cook for another 20 minutes.

*Reserve some of the sauce for dipping when the ribs are served.

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For your side, we choose these sides.

Peanutty Coleslaw


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (16-oz.) package shredded coleslaw mix
3/4 cup lightly salted peanuts


Whisk together first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; add coleslaw mix, stirring to coat. Cover and chill 1 hour; stir in peanuts just before serving.

Your second side:

Smoked Corn


Hickory wood chips
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
8 ears fresh corn with husks


Soak wood chips in water at least 30 minutes.
Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir together butter and thyme.
Remove heavy outer husks from corn; pull back inner husks. Remove and discard silks. Rub corn with butter mixture. Pull husks back over corn.
Drain chips, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add water to depth of fill line. Place corn on upper food rack; cover with smoker lid.
Cook 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from smoker, and let stand 10 minutes. Pull husks back, and serve

And for Dessert? We think this is cute as pie! (wink) and much easier than you may think!

American Flag Berry Pie


Pastry for a double-crust pie (9 inches)
2-1/2 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1 tablespoon butter
•Additional sugar


Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge. Set aside.
In a large bowl, gently combine cherries and blueberries. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; stir into fruit. Let stand for 10 minutes. Pour into crust; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry into a 10-in. circle. Cut pastry in half. Cut one half into two wedges. Using a 1-in. star cookie cutter, cut out stars from one wedge. Place cutout pastry wedge over filling. Discard cutout stars.
Cut remaining pastry pieces into 1/2-in.-wide strips; position over filling to resemble a flag. Seal and flute edges. Sprinkle pastry with additional sugar. Cover edges with foil.
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

There you have it! Your perfect Memorial Day cookout is planned! Enjoy, and let us know how it goes! We’d love to hear from you, and see your Memorial Day Photos! You can Like us on Facebook, and post on our page!

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