Top 25 Mother's Day Cookout Recipes

The Most Popular Barbecue & Grilling Recipes for Mother's Day

It's 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 (or more!) of these 25 favorites.

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    Basil-Tomato Chicken Breasts
    Basil-Tomato Chicken Breasts. Lisa Hubbard/Getty Images

    This is a great way to prepare chicken breasts. The combination of tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar gives this dish a fantastic Italian-inspired flavor.

  • 02 of 25
    Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto
    Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    As if grilled Chilean sea bass wasn't good enough, this recipe calls for it to be drizzled with garlic butter and topped off with an oregano pesto. A truly delicious meal!

  • 03 of 25
    Citrus-Honey Grilled Shrimp
    Citrus-Honey Grilled Shrimp. Armstrong Studios/Getty Images

    This is a deliciously sweet and citrus-flavored shrimp dish that can be served as either an appetizer or an entree. Enjoy with your favorite grilled vegetables or served over fresh greens and pasta.

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    Simple Steak Salad
    Simple Steak Salad. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    An easy go-to meal. The steak is marinated for a short time, grilled hot and fast, sliced, and assembled with fresh vegetables.

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  • 05 of 25
    Grilled Lobster Tails
    Grilled Lobster Tails. Lauri Patterson/Getty Images

    This grilled lobster is perfect for any occasion. If you don't have a lot of experience grilling shellfish, then this recipe is for you.

  • 06 of 25
    Sage and Cumin Pork Tenderloin
    Sage and Cumin Pork Tenderloin. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    A unique blending of sage, cumin, and other spices are used in this recipe. If so inclined, double the marinade recipe and set half aside for brushing onto the pork while it's cooking.

  • 07 of 25
    Grilled Corn Salsa
    Grilled Corn Salsa. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    A delectable mixture of grilled corn, green onions, tomatoes, and chiles in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette. Perfect served up as an appetizer or side dish.

  • 08 of 25
    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw
    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    These tacos have a wonderful blend of flavors. The halibut lends a buttery flavor to the natural bitterness of the radicchio while rounded out by the creaminess of the avocado. If radicchio offers too much of an edge, try substituting this ingredient with red cabbage.

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  • 09 of 25
    Red Wine Sangria with Grilled Fruit
    Red Wine Sangria with Grilled Fruit. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Grilling the fruit caramelizes its natural sugars, adding depth of flavor to an already delicious red wine sangria.

  • 10 of 25
    Chinese-Style Ribs
    Chinese-Style Ribs. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This Chinese-style rib recipe utilizes the deep flavors of hoisin and five spice powder, coupled with the saltiness of soy sauce and the light, sweet flavor of honey. Baby back ribs are perfect, since they are smaller, packed with meat and provide a better presentation. So, consider giving these delicious ribs a try!

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Cake
    Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Cake. John E. Kelly/Getty Images

    Didn't think you could bake a cake on the grill? Guess again. This wonderful cake is easy to prepare. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an amazing treat.

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    Garlic-Lemon Rotisserie Chicken
    Garlic-Lemon Rotisserie Chicken. Will Heap/Getty Images

    This grilled chicken has a fantastic garlic and lemon flavor complemented by the savory rub mixture.

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  • 13 of 25
    Apple and Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
    Apple and Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts. Noel Barnhurst/Getty Images

    The combination of the apple jelly, mustard and honey makes a fantastic glaze for chicken as well as pork. Keep as much of this thick marinade on the chicken as possible. This recipe is also great for the smoker.

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    Marinated London Broil
    Marinated London Broil. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images

    This classic recipe for London broil is marinated in wine and vinegar which makes it extra tender. If you really want to make it authentic try getting a ​flank steak.

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    Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon Fillets
    Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon Fillets. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Salmon is a delicious, heart-healthy fish. Taking it to the grill enhances its flavors and offers a mildly sweet caramelization to the surface of the flesh. Seasoned with dill, lemon juice, and garlic, this grilled salmon recipe is fast and convenient.

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    Tapenade Stuffed Pork Loin
    Tapenade Stuffed Pork Loin. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Tapenade is a traditional Mediterranean olive mixture that has a lot of wonderful flavor. This pork roast is filled with a tapenade mixture containing black olives, kalamata olives and capers, then grilled to perfection.

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  • 17 of 25
    Creamy Dill Potato Salad
    Creamy Dill Potato Salad. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    If Mom loves dill, then this is the perfect potato salad. The tangy flavor from the pickle juice marries well with the creaminess of the mayonnaise. This dish can be served with just about anything from hamburgers to steaks, to grilled chicken or seafood.

  • 18 of 25
    Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
    Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin. Joseph De Leo/Getty Images

    Beef tenderloin is certainly flavorful but can be quite mild depending on how it is prepared. However, this stuffed recipe is not only mouthwatering and delicious, the stuffing helps to bring out the natural beefiness of the meat.

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    Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade
    Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade. Westend61/Getty Images

    Using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil is a great way to start a marinade. The oil has already taken on the tomato flavor and ready to pass it to whatever you choose to marinate. This marinade works really well on poultry and pork but can be used on fish and even beef as well.

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    BBQ Chicken Thighs
    BBQ Chicken Thighs. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    At barbecue competitions, the champions cook chicken thighs to win the chicken category. It takes a lot of time, patience and practice to master barbecue chicken on this level. This is not the recipe for those chicken thighs but it is a lot easier and nearly as good.

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  • 21 of 25
    Grilled Pound Cake Slices with Fresh Berries
    Grilled Pound Cake Slices with Fresh Berries. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    An easy and delightful dessert prepared right on the grill. Nice and toasted, the pound cake slices are topped with cream, fresh berries, and finished off with grated chocolate.

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    Grilled Crab
    Grilled Crab. Danita Delimont/Getty Images

    The grill really adds great flavor to any kind of seafood. This recipe for grilled crab is simple, yet quite delicious.

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    Grilled Salmon Taco Recipe
    Grilled Salmon Taco Recipe. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Salmon tacos are a fresh and healthy alternative to traditional tacos. The salmon is generously rubbed with a spice mixture before it's grilled, then receives a splash of lime juice before hitting the tortilla with tomatoes, red onion, and a creamy avocado ranch dressing. Try this flavorful grilled salmon taco recipe for a new take on a classic favorite.

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    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops
    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    A quick and delicious option. Not only are these pork chops flavorful, but the glaze contains only three ingredients, most of which you probably have in your pantry. So, if you're looking for a new recipe, give these sweet and savory chops a try.

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    Jicama Slaw
    Jicama Slaw. Annabelle Breakey/Getty Images

    This flavorful slaw is great served on top of a juicy burger or pulled pork sandwich.