21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

by Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day is one of the most anticipated annual events in the country. It is a day set aside year after year without failing to recognize the achievements of the country’s labor force. Thus, we have the Labor Day cookouts held in their honor, and at the same time marking the unofficial end of summer–the end of a season filled with fun and adventure. And what is a Labor Day cookout without amazing food? So get warmed up and prepare your kitchen for these 21 awesome and delicious Labor Day recipes that will definitely be the star of every cookout. Read on!

21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

Bring These Awesome Dishes To Your Labor Day Cookout For A Feast Of Good Food And Good Company!

I can never imagine a Labor Day cookout without one of its main attraction–gorgeous delicious food. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Labor Day is an occasion where people bring out their best dishes and judge the winner. Well, that’s not completely wrong, is it? You would not want to  go to a cookout and bring a sub par and forgettable dish, you want to bring something that will be the talk among your friends and family for days!

There is actually no rule as to which kinds of food you should make for a cookout. But you must still prepare something that screams “Labor Day!” How, you ask? By cooking mind-blowing and scrumptious dishes that’ll remind people how lucky they are to enjoy life and freedom, thanks to our brave fallen brothers and sisters.

But there is no reason to fret. In this article, I will show you a list of the some of the most memorable Labor Day recipes that you will absolutely love and, of course, be proud of.

Click on the title of the recipes below to check them out!

1. Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Let’s start off our list with a unique and flavorful appetizer. Who would’ve thought a pickle can be more than just something to add to cheeseburgers and salads? This Labor Day recipe puts the humble pickle in the spotlight, and together with a crunchy Ritz cracker crust, you have one heck of a combo.

2. Armadillo Eggs

Armadillo Eggs | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Caught your attention, did it? It’s not really an armadillo egg, but I’m not really sure why it’s called one, either. Nevertheless, there is one thing I’m sure about–it’s crazily delicious. It’s jalapeño filled with cheese and wrapped with oh-so-yummy bacon, if you must know.

3. Root Beer Ribs

These delectable meaty ribs will surely be the star of your Labor Day cookout. Place heaps of it in your table and I assure you nothing will be left of it. This unique ribs recipe capitalizes on the distinct flavor of root beer. While some of you may not like root beer, I assure you that this rib and beer pairing will throw your apprehensions out the window.

4. Grilled Salmon Sandwich

Grilled Salmon Sandwich | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Like bacon and salmon? Then you will definitely enjoy this delicious salmon sandwich recipe for your Labor Day cookout. Just imagine the smell of grilled salmon in between buttery toasted kaiser rolls, it’s enough to make your mouth water.

5. Barbecue Pork Sandwich

Barbecue Pork Sandwich | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Another way to enjoy your Labor Day cookout is with this awesome pulled pork sandwich recipe. Once your guests take a bite out of one of these juicy and tender sandwiches, they will definitely be begging for more.

6. Grilled Sausages and Bell Peppers

If you still have room for your Labor Day menu list, here is another recipe that will complete it. Simple yet delicious, this recipe will not require expert grilling skills. Just heat up your grill and let the juicy sausages and colorful bell peppers sizzle.



7. Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Here’s another Labor Day cookout regular you will absolutely love. Try this  crispy and crunchy buttermilk fried chicken, and make sure to make lots of them because I assure you, none of it will be left. Whether you dip it in your favorite sauce or just eat it plain, this fried chicken will still taste the same–like heaven.

8. Grilled Hoisin Sesame Corn

Grilled Hoisin Sesame Corn | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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One of the best partners of any good hearty dish is a hefty serving sweet and salty corn on the cob. This grilled corn recipe will go nicely with any of your Labor Day dishes.

9. Honey Chicken Kebab

Honey Chicken Kebab | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Here is another chicken recipe that will be the star of your Labor Day cookout. These juicy cuts of chicken skewered with flavorful bell peppers and onions are delicious handy options for you and your guests.

10. Grilled Taco Lime Chicken

You must be thinking, “Chicken? Again?” But what can we do when chicken is a very versatile meat? And yes, I love it. This grilled chicken recipe is made even more exciting with taco seasoning and fresh lime–definitely a dish you’ll want to make and taste again.

11. Chicken Macaroni Salad

What is a good cookout without your favorite side? Check out this macaroni salad recipe for a taste of one of the classics. This creamy macaroni salad is full of texture and flavor, and will complement every dish. This can even stand as a meal on its own.

12. Baked Bacon and Beans

Of course, let’s not forget about our beans. This meaty and savory baked beans recipe will fill you and your guests up nicely. Forget about the soggy baked beans you’ve had before, this will totally level up your standards for beans!

13.  Potato and Zucchini Salad

Potato and Zucchini Salad | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Tired of the regular potato salad loaded with cream? You will absolutely love this potato and zucchini salad recipe. It is a fresher rendition of your regular potato salad. You will never get tired of this.

14. Labor Day Dip

Looking for the perfect dip to serve on your Labor Day cookout? This creamy and cheesy dip is just the thing for you! Serve this up with your favorite finger foods. It also has bacon bits in it for texture. Yes, it’s so good.

15. Kale Salad

For a healthier addition to your Labor Day cookout menu, try this awesome green salad recipe made up of kale, one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Partnered with a refreshing Asian dressing, this salad would be one you  and your guests will not forget.

16. Patriotic Pizza

Ready for some dessertYou can make this colorful Labor Day pizza recipe that will show the full colors of the American flag. This will also not be only a feast for the eyes, but for the stomach as well. It’s easy to make and will be done in just a few minutes.

17. Labor Day Meringue Cups

Labor Day Meringue Cups | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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This dessert will excite not only kids, but the inner kid in you.  Personally, I consider this as one of the most creative desserts ever made, and one of the most delicious, too. The meringue in this recipe is tainted with the colors of the flag, and twisted to form cute and dainty edible cups you can place bits of delicious fruits in. Yum!

18. Camouflage Cookies

This is surely one cool recipe you’ll like. These cookies are perfect to hand out for Labor Day as it sports the design and color of the country. It is not also limited to just this design, you can be creative and tweak them however you like. Cool designs? Check! Delicious? A big check!

19. Peach Sangria

With all the savory food on this list, of course you need something to wash it down. This peach-flavored sangria recipe will do just that and more. There’s nothing like a bit of alcohol to brighten one’s day! But remember, this is for adults only.

20. Watermelon Slushy

Watermelon Slushy | 21 Labor Day Recipes That Will Rock Your Cookout

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Here is one drink kids can guzzle up. This watermelon slushy is the perfect palate cleanser and a refreshing finisher for any meal. It’s not only thirst quenching, it’s healthy, too. It’s also the start of the watermelon season, so you can make as much as you want.

21. Patriotic Labor Day Drink

What’s Labor Day without this themed drinks? These might look like they are difficult to make, but I assure they are super easy, though it might take you five minutes. But what’s five minutes if you can see the awe on your loved one’s faces after seeing and tasting these?

Want to learn more Labor Day recipes? Check out this video from Chef Nathan Lippy.

So, have you decided on your Labor Day cookout menu yet? Or did I just make things harder for you? Either way, you will definitely have no problems with these recipes. They are easy and fun to make, plus they are oh-so-delicious. Try out these recipes on Labor Day and let us know what you think. Have a wonderful Labor Day cookout!

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