Enjoy one last hurrah of summer with a Labor Day BBQ. Wondering what to make for Labor Day? Here are our top favorite recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts – 25 recipe ideas in total. There is something for everyone here!
It’s so strange to think that we’ve been back in school for 2 weeks already. Gone are the days of not starting school until after Labor Day. But, sometimes it’s nice to have a long weekend after the transition back to the routines of getting up early, homework, and school sports.
I know we are looking forward to the long weekend for sure! It’s been a busy start to the year already and it will be great to have an extra day to recharge after the busy end to August.
I have no idea what we’ll be making for our Labor Day BBQ yet, but I’v been browsing through my Recipe Archives for ideas. Here are some of the top contenders!
Labor Day Recipes
Labor Day is just around the corner, and what better time for one last summer BBQ before we start settling into the routines of fall. Here are some of our very favorite recipes recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. There is something for everyone here!
Labor Day Appetizers
Here are our top 5 most popular summer appetizer recipes to go with your Labor Day menu! For even more ideas be sure to check out the Appetizer section of the Recipe Index.
Take advantage of summer's colorful and delicious produce and make this Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese. Crostini is a great summer appetizer to serve while sitting out on the patio in the evening.
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe – and it couldn’t be more summery with it’s gorgeous bright pink color. The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day! *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Homemade slushies like this recipe for a Cherry Limeade Slushie are perfect for summer and they're super easy to make! *For adults, you can make some fun Frozen Cherry Limeade Cocktails. Add a total of 4 – 6 shots of vodka or tequila (depending on your personal preference!) to the blender with the rest of the ingredients to make a frozen cocktail. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
A classic Moscow Mule get a fruity twist in this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules thanks to the addition of fresh pineapple juice, pineapple garnish, and a sprig of mint. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of fresh squeeze strawberry lemonade. The perfect sweet and tart drink to pair with any summer BBQ. Drink it just like it is, or use it as the base for your favorite adult cocktail *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21*
Labor Day Side Dishes
Here are our top 5 most popular summer side dish recipes to go with your Labor Day menu! For even more ideas be sure to check out the Side Dishes section of the Recipe Index.
Summer Potlucks and BBQs don't seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad. Creamy Mayo, celery, onion, hardboiled eggs, and of course plenty of potatoes make up this recipe - in our family's opinion it is simply the best!
You can't go wrong with something as classic as coleslaw when you're planning out your Labor Day menu. In this recipe, your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a touch of heat for your tastebuds!
Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.
Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is a perfect easy summer grilled chicken recipe. The chicken tenderloins are marinaded in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon juice, then quickly cooked on a hot grill. So good and so easy!
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat this summer. They're a fun and easy snack for kids to prepare that doesn't heat up the kitchen or make a lot of mess. Try these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles for a fun take on some favorite summer flavors.
This berry galette recipe is so colorful thanks to the mix of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Free-form pies like these are so simple because there is no crimping or perfection intended. Rustic is best and I think the ground almonds and portion of whole wheat flour add to the rustic nature of this crust.
Strawberry Fool is such an easy strawberry dessert recipe. It’s basically strawberries and cream taken up a notch! Simple, yet delicious! If you prefer blueberries, give it a try with this Lemon Blueberry Sauce in place of the strawberries.
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