Labor Day Recipes

Start your Labor Day menu planning here with our favorite recipes for the three-day weekend. Burgers and dogs, salads and slaws, with beverages to boot!

Staff Picks

Red Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.
Peach Desserts

Juicy Peach Crisp

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This recipe takes the simplicity of fresh peaches and turns them into a scrumptious dessert!
Pulled Pork

Missouri Miner Pulled Pork

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An easy, foolproof recipe for amazing pulled pork. I use a mixture of traditional and hickory/brown sugar barbeque sauce.
Pork Recipes

The Labor Day Burger

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Enjoy the end of summer with a burger with kick with The Labor Day Burger, my own creation. The bacon grease acts as a 'glue' and will cook out on the grill, leaving the flavor in the beef. Excellent with grilled portobello caps! Note: this is a flammable burger due to the grease. It requires constant attention when grilling due to flare-ups.
Pork Sausage

Sheboygan Grilled Brats

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Growing up on a lake in the Sheboygan area, this was a standard way that the German folks would grill their brats. We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better. Though it's expensive, on special occasions I use a dark beer which is not German at all: Guinness Irish Stout. Around our house, we eat them with ketchup and mustard, and the cooked onions from the brat sauce.
Sauces

Coney Island Hot Dog Chili Sauce

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This recipe is quick and easy. Only have to simmer for 30 minutes! It started as a very saucy Coney Island hot dog sauce. I prefer a meatier chili sauce, but if you prefer it saucy with less meat, reduce ground round to 1/2 pound meat.
Macaroni Salad

Family Picnic Macaroni Salad

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This macaroni salad tastes just like the ones you buy at the local grocery store. Only difference is, it's cheaper to make yourself, and you can make as much as you need. (Let's face it...macaroni salad is always the first one to go.) You can also add relish or onions depending on your desired taste. This recipe is an easy basic starter for you to add your own touch to and have everyone raving about your macaroni salad!
Corn Side Dishes

Daddy K's Milk Boiled Corn on the Cob

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Absolutely sweet and tender corn on the cob! Serve with salt, black pepper, and butter.
Baked Asparagus

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

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Salty and savory, the roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.
Guacamole

Guacamole

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You can make this avocado salad smooth or chunky depending on your tastes.
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Fried Green Tomatoes

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

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You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.
Caribbean Recipes

The Real Mojito

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This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.

Inspiration and Ideas

Labor Day Grilling Recipes

Send summer out in style! Cook up five-star burgers, kabobs, and grilled chicken for your end-of-summer picnic.

8 Creamy Pasta Salads for Summer

These cookout favorites have the perfect ratio of pasta, veggies, and dressing.

Simple BBQ Ribs

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Country-style ribs are cut from the loin, one of the leanest areas of pork. These ribs are seasoned, boiled until tender, then baked with your favorite barbeque sauce. That's it! Back to simplicity, back to the country life. Sigh.