40 Best Labor Day BBQ Recipes

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Ah, Labor Day—the unofficial farewell to summer and a final hurrah before we’re plunged into the crisp fall season. For many of us, this long weekend is a perfect opportunity to fire up the grill one last time, to celebrate with family and friends over a feast of BBQ delights.

If you’re aiming to be the master griller of your Labor Day gathering, you’re likely in search of recipes that will make a lasting impression. You’ve come to the right place. This blog post is all about leveling up your Labor Day BBQ recipes game.

best labor day bbq recipes

We’re not just talking the usual suspects like burgers and ribs; we’re venturing into some creative, palate-pleasing options that are sure to be the talk of the party. From succulent meat dishes to our favorite sides, drinks, and desserts, these recipes are designed to send off summer with a culinary bang.

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Our Favorite Labor Day BBQ Recipes

Appetizers

Easy Guacamole Recipe
Packed with good monounsaturated fats and fiber, this easy guacamole recipe makes a healthy and irresistible snack.
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simple homemade guacamole
Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. This fun variation of the traditional Caprese salad replaces the classic tomato with sweet strawberries, which pair beautifully with the rich balsamic blaze and fresh basil.
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strawberry caprese skewers
Mini Taco Appetizers
These mini taco appetizers are filled with meat, cheese, and all your favorite taco toppings.
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Mini Taco Appetizer
BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
These BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls are packed with delicious pulled pork, tangy bbq sauce, and crispy coleslaw.
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BBQ Pulled Pork Eggrolls
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Just because you’re on a keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t grill up amazing appetizers like these Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Spears.
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Classic Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
A classic Mexican street food, this corn on the cob is charred on the grill, then slathered in mayo, and topped with tangy Cotija cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
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mexican street corn
Smoked Cream Cheese
If you haven't tried Smoked Cream Cheese yet, you must give this tasty appetizer a try. With just two ingredients – cream cheese and dry rub – it's a serious flavor bomb when smoked.
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A block of smoked cream cheese with crackers
Easy Tomato Tart
This Tomato Tart is an easy vegetarian recipe that is flavorful and comforting. Make a delightful tomato tart with ready-rolled pastry and delicious tomatoes that will be a big hit at the dinner table.
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Tomato tart
Pigs in a Blanket (Classic Finger Food)
Pigs in a Blanket is a tasty appetizer that combines crescent roll dough and cocktail-sized smoked sausages with a delicious Sriracha mayo dip to add a spicy kick to this crowd-pleasing snack. » You might also like these Fried Chicken Sliders. Who can resist pigs in a blanket? It’s a classic appetiz…
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Pigs in a Blanket (Classic Finger Food)
Corn Dip With Cream Cheese
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack, this delicious corn dip with cream cheese recipe is the one. Made with cream cheese, green chilies, sweetcorn, and Mexican cheese.
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Corn Dip With Cream Cheese

Salads

Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad
This Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad combines fusilli pasta with corn, black beans, bell pepper and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.
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corn and black bean pasta salad
Classic Potato Salad (Easy & Delicious)
This Classic Potato Salad is made with tender potatoes, eggs, celery, and pickles, with a creamy mayonnaise dressing and one simple secret ingredient that really elevates the flavor. » You might also like this Smoked Corn on the Cob and Classic Macaroni Salad. When summer is in full swing and the gr…
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Classic Potato Salad (Easy & Delicious)
BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad
This BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad is a great twist on a classic that combines tender macaroni with a medley of vegetables, tender chicken, and a tangy BBQ sauce and mayonnaise-based dressing. » You might also like this Grilled Mexican Street Corn and Classic Potato Salad. This side dish is one of our…
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BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad
Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing is a colorful, irresistible treat for any summer occasion. Whether a pool party, backyard barbecue, or picnic, this fruit salad will steal the show with its vibrant, fresh fruit and sweet, zesty dressing!
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Fruit Salad
Broccoli Salad
This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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broccoli salad

Main Dish

Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is the ultimate recipe to make tender and flavorful pulled pork from a Pork Butt or Shoulder.
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Pulled Pork Sandwich
Fried Chicken Sliders
These Fried Chicken Sliders are perfect for any get together. Make with tasty fried chicken, crunchy pickle slices, and homemade slaw on sweet slider buns, they will go down a treat. » You might also like these Tasty Cajun Potato Wedges and What to Serve With Sliders. Fried Chicken Sliders using chi…
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Fried Chicken Sliders
Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs
As soon as you taste these marinated grilled chicken thighs it will be the only thing you want to grill, thanks to the marinade that's packed with flavor.
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marinated chicken thighs
Smoked Pulled Pork (Butt or Shoulder)
Smoked Pulled Pork is a mouth-watering treat that brings together the tangy, sweet, and smoky flavors characteristic of barbecue. » You might also like The Best Smoked Mac and Cheese and Smoked Corn on the Cob. Smoking the meat at a low temperature for a long period allows it to become incredibly te…
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Smoked Pulled Pork (Butt or Shoulder)
How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer
Cooking brats in the air fryer is an easy method that always leads to crispy and juicy brats.
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Brat on a Bun with Sauerkraut
Ninja Woodfire Grill Smoked Chicken
Ninja Woodfire Grill Smoked Chicken makes a delicious meal that will blow you away with the smoky flavor, crispy skin, and incredibly juicy meat.
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Smoked chicken on the Ninja woodfire grill
Smoked Tri Tip
This delicious smoked Tri Tip is coated in a flavorful dry rub and slow smoked to perfection.
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smoked tri tip
Easy Brisket Sliders
These easy Brisket Sliders are made with deliciously tender smoked brisket (get the recipe here), served on toasted, buttered slider rolls, bbq sauce, a quick pickle, and pickled red peppers.
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A brisket slider
Easy Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Oven-baked baby back ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and flavorful, just like grilled ribs, but with a lot less effort.
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baked baby back ribs
Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings
These delicious Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then cooked to perfection. They're so crispy and delicious, you won't be able to stop eating them.
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Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Jerk Chicken Wings
These easy Jerk chicken wings have a spicy, flavorful jerk seasoning and they turn out perfectly crispy and juicy in just 30 minutes in the oven.
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Jerk chicken wings
Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings
These delicious Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection, then coated in sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.
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Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Dessert

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
This homemade vanilla ice cream uses a custard-style base to make a creamy deliciously scoopable homemade ice cream.
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homemade vanilla ice cream
Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream
This homemade blueberry ice cream is made with fresh blueberries, sugar, and half and half to make a creamy deliciously scoopable homemade ice cream that's incredibly flavorful.
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A scoop of homemade blueberry ice cream
Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream
This Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream is so rich and chocolatey, with a hint of malt flavor, and lots of crunchy bits from the Whoppers candies.
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A scoop of chocolate malted crunch ice cream in a cone
No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
Who could resist this decadent, rich, silky No-Bake Oreo cheesecake, with none of the bake time? It’s a no-brainer, especially for summertime when no-bake is a must.
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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
Scotcheroos
These easy no-bake scotcheroos are rich, decadent, and packed full of chocolate and butterscotch flavor.
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two stacked scotcheroo bars
Brookies
The perfect marriage of rich chocolaty brownie and buttery chewy cookies.
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Brookies with PB Cups

Drinks and Cocktails

Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea
This fresh and fruity Blackberry Iced Tea uses in-season fruit to create a tasty summer drink. The instant pot is fantastic for making tea.
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Blackberry Iced Tea
Raspberry Gin Fizz
This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a great cocktail for a summer holiday, like 4th of July or Labor Day. The colors are vibrant and you can make them in a large batch to serve at a barbecue.
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raspberry gin fizz
Classic Moscow Mule Recipe
The Classic Moscow Mule has a very good balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and boozy, but watch out…they go down easy!
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Moscow Mule
Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea
You can make a batch of Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea in just 15 minutes and it won’t heat up your kitchen like it does on the stovetop. Its the perfect drink for a lazy summer afternoon.
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Peach Iced Tea
Watermelon Vodka Lemonade
This refreshing watermelon vodka lemonade is super quick and easy to prepare. It combines 2 iconic summer treats and is perfect for a backyard BBQ.
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Watermelon Vodka Lemonade
The Best Strawberry Mojito Recipe
This Strawberry Mojito is packed with fresh, vibrant strawberries and mint, mixed with sugar and rum and soda water.
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Strawberry Mojito
Hippie Juice Cocktail for a Crowd
This delicious summer cocktail is made with lemonade and watermelon vodka to make the summer’s best big-batch cocktail for parties and gatherings.
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Hippie Juice

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