Labor Day Main Dish Recipes

Enjoy the last long weekend of the summer with these Labor Day main dishes. With recipes for fried chicken, plank salmon and pulled pork, these main dishes are perfect features for your Labor Day menu.

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Juicy Lucy Burgers

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A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp

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Lime and tequila-marinated shrimp grilled on skewers make an easy appetizer to enjoy all summer.

BBQ Teriyaki Pork Kabobs

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A simple way to make kabobs for summer grilling, and easily adaptable to add your favorite veggies. Great with rice and a nice salad!

All-American Burger Dog

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This 'burger dog' is far more than a hot dog-shaped cheeseburger. It's a one-handed wonder that's perfectly proportioned and easier to eat than a regular cheeseburger.

Kansas City BBQ Ribs

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Get your napkins ready! These sumptuous ribs will be devoured by one and all. The overnight rest in the fridge lets the spice rub penetrate and really flavor these meaty ribs.

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.

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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This is a down home recipe that I have used for years, and thought I would share it! The buttermilk marinade is terrific and is such a comfort food. However this is not a recipe that can be done quickly, but the wait is WELL worth it!

Slow Cooker Philly Steak Sandwich Meat

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This makes a fantastic meat for Philly steak sandwiches. You can even use lower grade roasts and have this turn out. It also makes its own au jus if you like to dip as I do. To serve, sautee a sliced onion and sliced green pepper in a skillet. Put meat on a sub bun and top with onion and green pepper and Swiss or provolone cheese on top of that. Leave open-faced and broil until the cheese just starts to brown. The top of the bun will brown fast so don't broil that until the cheese has completely melted and just starts to show color.

Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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If you're in the mood for a little virtual trip into summer, give this technique a try. This works with literally any dry rub and barbecue sauce combo.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

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This is the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! It is equally good served hot or cold and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years.

Corn Dogs

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I made up this recipe many years ago, because I loved the corn dogs you buy at carnivals but could not find a recipe for them. Great served with mustard.

Crispy Fried Chicken

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I experimented for many years before developing this recipe. It's bits and pieces of hints I had heard over the years. I have had many compliments on this chicken. Most of this recipe is dependant on your own taste. It's more a matter of preparation and cooking method!

Inspiration and Ideas

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken

"This is the crispiest, spiciest homemade fried chicken ever! It is equally good served hot or cold, and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years." – QUIRKYIQ

Easy Make-Ahead BBQ Menu

When guests arrive, all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy your cookout.

Grilled Salmon Sandwich with Dill Sauce

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I made this sandwich once, and have been hooked ever since! Once you get a rhythm, this is a quick and easy dinner. And tastes great hot or cold.