Memorial Day Carne Asada

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Choose a location. If you have a backyard, that’s the perfect place to host a BBQ. If not, you can rent a park or pavilion.

Invite your guests. Be sure to invite your family and friends well in advance so they can save the date.

Plan the menu. BBQs are all about the food, so make sure you have plenty of options to choose from. Some classic BBQ dishes include burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, and pulled pork.

Set up the grill. If you’re using a charcoal grill, be sure to start it up early so it has time to heat up. If you’re using a gas grill, just turn it on and let it preheat for a few minutes.

Cook the food. Once the grill is hot, start cooking the food. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Once the food is cooked, serve it with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Clean up. After the party is over, be sure to clean up the grill and any other messes.

Memorial Day Carne Asada -Memorial Day BBQs are a great way to celebrate our country and the people who have served it.

With a little planning, you can throw a party that everyone will enjoy.

Here are some additional tips:
If you’re short on time, you can always buy pre-made food from the grocery store.
Be sure to have plenty of drinks on hand, including water, soda, and beer.
If you have kids, set up some activities for them to do, such as playing games or swimming.
Don’t forget the dessert! Some classic BBQ desserts include ice cream, pie, and cobbler.
With these tips, you’re sure to have a great Memorial Day BBQ!

Recipe for BBQ


  • 1.5 – 2 kg / 3 – 4 lb beef brisket
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or a neutral oil like vegetable, canola)

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml ketchup
  • 1/2 cup / 110g brown sugar , packed
  • 2 tsp EACH black pepper, onion powder, mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste re: spiciness)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


Mix Rub ingredients. Rub all over brisket. If time permits, leave for 30 minutes – 24 hours in the fridge, but I rarely do this.

Memorial Day Carne Asada – Combine BBQ Sauce ingredients in a slow cooker. Mix then add the brisket – squish it in if needed, like I did (see video).

Slow cook in slow cooker for 8 hours (1.5 kg / 3 lb) to 10 hours (2 kg / 4 lb). (Note 2 for pressure cooker and click here for oven)

Remove brisket onto a tray.

Pour liquid in slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat and reduce until it thickens to a syrup consistency (it thickens more as it cools).

Meanwhile, drizzle brisket with oil then roast in a 200C/390F oven for 15 minutes until brown spots appear.

Remove then baste generously with Sauce, then return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove and baste again, then return to oven for 5 – 10 minutes until it caramelizes and looks like the photos. (See note for BBQ option)

TO SERVE: Slice brisket thinly across the grain and serve with remaining BBQ Sauce. This is terrific served as a meal with sides or piled high onto rolls with Coleslaw as sliders. See Note 3 for more ideas.

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