Five Best BBQ Recipes for Labor Day

Labor Day barbecue recipes

Here’s our top 5 picks for this year’s meat-lovers Labor Day barbecue recipes!

Can we talk for a minute about Labor Day? Specifically, which of our favorite barbecue recipes we’re going to make? If you haven’t thought about it yet, allow us to help you. Below you’ll find our top five picks for this year’s Labor Day barbecue recipes (separated by meat of course), and let’s not forget the sides that go with them. So, grab a pen and paper and get ready to plan your holiday menu!

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Low and slow is the name of the game when it comes to ribs. If you’re in a hurry, skip down to hotdogs… because when it comes to ribs, there’s only one way to do them – and it ain’t fast!

The recipe we’ve chosen this year is from The Food Network and combines a delicious dry rub and a sweet and sultry wet sauce. The secret here is to remove the fatty membrane from the meat before cooking so you end up with tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. You’ll need to stick close by the grill though, because these beauties will need to be turned often, before finally basting them to perfection during the last twenty minutes of cook time.

Serve with homemade mac-n-cheese, slow-cooker collard greens, cheesy jalapeno cornbread, and a refreshing cucumber, tomato and onion salad.

Pulled Pork

If you have a smoker (or access to one), it’s time to break it out. Perfectly smoked, fall-apart pulled pork can take your average Labor Day cookout to the next level. For the meat, you’ll want to look for a whole pork shoulder, but if that’s not available a Boston Butt will do.

The recipe we’ve chosen is from Southern Living magazine and gets its unmistakable smoky flavor from pre-soaked hickory wood chips. You’ll need to set your alarm for this one, with six to eight hours of cooking time (depending on the size of your cut of meat) you’ll need to get up early to have this one ready by lunchtime!

Serve with Hawaiian or butter buns, Carolina cole-slaw, baked beans, corn pudding, and hush puppies.


Wings and drumsticks make the perfect Labor Day finger food, and they are usually a hit with just about everyone. But, just to be clear – we’re not talking about those tiny little wings you order as an appetizer. These are big, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pieces that will have your guests coming back for more.

We chose a beer marinated chicken barbecue recipe for this one, and added wings in with the drums. The recipe combines beer, zesty lime, cumin, and cayenne for a kick that is sure to be a hit.

Serve with grilled Brussels sprouts, creamy cheese grits, corn on the cob, and southern greens.


There are many different ways you can go when it comes to hamburgers, but there are just keep a couple of things in mind so you can’t go wrong. Medium, to medium-rare is the best temp for the best tasting, juiciest burgers. Also, grass-fed beef is the way to go – every time.

Since burgers require a personal preferences, we’re giving you a list of the 33 best burger recipes from Food & Wine magazine so you can choose your favorite.

Serve with sweet potato fries, green garden salad, and zesty grilled corn on the cob.

Hot Dogs

If all else fails, the all American hot dog will always do the trick. To spice things up for your Labor Day party, offer a variety of dog options including all beef hot dogs, bratwurst, and sausages. The toppings are what will set your barbecue apart from the rest. Get creative with these suggestions from Real Simple magazine.

Serve with homemade kettle chips, classic coleslaw, and pasta salad with grilled veggies.

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So, who’s ready for Labor Day now? Tell us about the barbecue recipes you’re planning for your holiday cookout in the comments below!


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