15 Recipes For A Perfect Labor Day Cookout
Generally considered the summer's final hurrah before we move into the fall season, Labor Day weekend proves to be an ideal time for a backyard cookout. You'll love gathering outdoors with your family to enjoy these 15 boldly flavored and ultra-seasonal recipes for your Labor Day celebration.
Perfect Deviled Eggs
Cool, creamy, and very portable, deviled eggs make excellent appetizers for an outdoor event. This particular recipe adds savory Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce to the mix, resulting in a crave-worthy handheld snack.
These ribs undergo a two-part cooking process; they're baked with aromatic garlic, then grilled with barbeque sauce until they're fully glazed and ready for a messy (but so worthwhile) chow down experience.
Watermelon Summer Salad
For a unique recipe, this watermelon salad includes red onion, black olives, mint, and feta cheese. "This is a recipe I stumbled upon one hot lazy afternoon," says recipe creator Jessica Mayo. "Don't be scared by the ingredients; they work together to make a very tasty and refreshing salad. Go ahead and try it - be prepared for a pleasant surprise!"
Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
A homestyle mac and cheese recipe singing with sharp Cheddar, this baked pasta dish also incorporates both cottage cheese and sour cream for an extra layer of richness. Don't forget to sprinkle the bread crumbs on top before baking for a contrasting crunch!
Sheboygan Grilled Brats
Sure, you could serve up regular hot dogs at your Labor Day cookout, but grilled bratwurst topped with beer-soaked caramelized onions offer a far more flavorful alternative.
Esquites (Mexican Elotes Salad)
A popular street-food treat in Mexico, elote consists of grilled corn slathered in mayo, spices, and cheese. When you cut the kernels off the cobs, elote become esquites, a flavorful side dish that pairs beautifully with cookout barbeque fare.
Boston Baked Beans
These slow-cooked baked beans load a lot of flavor into every bite: sweetness from the molasses, salty umami from the Worcestershire sauce, smokiness from the bacon, and a spicy kick from the dry mustard. "[These beans] taste great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy," says recipe creator AJRHODES3.
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Strawberries count among the most beloved seasonal summer produce out there, which is why strawberry shortcakes regularly show up on cookout menus from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For an easy spin on this classic that doesn't require a fork, try this strawberry shortcake cupcake recipe.
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
"This chicken turned out very moist and flavorful; you don't need a lot of ingredients to make good grilled chicken;" raves commenter Jillian about this simple recipe, which centers around a homemade honey mustard marinade.
Grilled Potato Salad
If you're of the opinion that "it's not a cookout without potato salad", then you're sure to enjoy this version of the classic barbeque side, which includes a tangy, mayo-free dressing.
Amazing Spicy Grilled Shrimp
The marinade for this grilled shrimp dish packs a ton of heat, so if you're a spice fiend, then you'll be very pleased with the recipe as written. If you prefer a milder version, then you can easily reduce the amount of chile paste and hot sauce used in the marinade.
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad
Recipe writer thedailygourmet says that this salad is "the traditional Caprese salad modified to pasta form." Seasonal ingredients like grape tomatoes and fresh basil are used to their full effect here, and fresh mozzarella cheese provides a creamy counterpoint to the salad's natural acidity.
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Your vegetarian friends shouldn't have to compromise on flavor, and this veggie burger recipe, specially formulated for backyard cookout purposes, ensures that they'll have a delicious meal option.
The campfire staple of s'mores seamlessly adapts to a brownie format in this decadent recipe. And this version utilizes boxed brownie mix as its base ingredient, making it a quick and low-stress dessert to whip up for your Labor Day cookout.
Skewers make outdoor grilling as simple as can be, allowing each piece of meat and vegetable to cook evenly and come off the barbecue with the perfect amount of char. These beef and mushroom kabobs feature a maple syrup marinade, which lends a nuanced sweetness to the finished dish.