Fire up your grill and choose a recipe from our best grilling recipes for Labor Day. From grilled chicken to barbecue pork, these juicy, grilled meats are perfect for your celebratory feast.
How to Cook Beer-Can Chicken
Chicken on a beer can? You bet. Grilling is a delicious way to "roast" a whole bird, especially when beer is involved. Use a milder brew if you wish, but skip hoppy IPAs.
Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue SauceThis recipe comes from Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, CO. Don't forget to pack a heatproof brush for basting the chicken.
Parmesan Buffalo Burgers with Balsamic KetchupKick off your Labor Day party grilling with Parmesan Buffalo Burgers with Balsamic Ketchup. Ground buffalo has fewer calories and half the fat of lean beef but boasts big meaty flavor. And slow-roasted tomatoes in the Balsamic Ketchup intensifies their sweetness.
Grilled Pork Chops with Blueberry-Peach SalsaGo for bone-in center loin chops or loin chops at least 1 1/2 inches thick. Meatier chops ensure a good char while the inside cooks through.
Chipotle Barbecue Burgers with SlawSmoky burgers and creamy slaw create an all-American meal in 20 minutes.
Glazed Chicken and Fig SkewersTry this recipe for flavorful chicken kebabs. Because they will cook more quickly than the chicken, skewer the figs separately.
Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Sauce
Smoked paprika comes from a centuries-old tradition in which chile peppers are slowly dried over low-burning fires of Spanish oak and then ground into powder. In the slow cooker, this earthy, aromatic spice adds outdoor smoked barbecue flavor.
Grilled Shrimp and Smoky Grilled-Corn GritsGrab the skewers, fire up the grill, and enjoy these easy and delicious kabobs at your Labor Day celebration.
Grilled Ancho-Rubbed Pork with Smoky Tomato SalsaServe Ancho-Rubbed Pork inside a tortilla and with homemade tomato salsa for a delicious Labor Day dish.
Spicy Cheddar-Stuffed BurgersThese burgers feature cheddar cheese that melts between two patties instead of on top of one. Have tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, mustard, and mayonnaise on hand for guests to dress the hamburgers as they please.
Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ SauceThe spicy-sweet sauce goes well with grilled fish, pork, and chicken.
Grilled Lemon ChickenA great, mostly make-ahead party dish. Simmer the chicken ahead of time so that all it needs is a few minutes on the grill. Squeeze the soft, juicy grilled lemons over the meat, or cut the lemons into pieces to eat skin and all.
Barbecue Chicken SandwichesGood Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches don't have to result from hours over the grill. Try this chicken sandwich that starts with a rotisserie chicken and super easy homemade barbecue sauce for a quick Labor Day meal.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers with Blueberry-Balsamic SalsaBlueberries are the standout ingredient for the sweet and sour sauce that accompanies these grilled kebabs.
Burgers with Green Tomato Mayonnaise
This is a fabulous new way to add even more tomato flavor to a great burger. Try the tangy, chunky mayo on fish sandwiches and crab cakes too.
Basic Grilled SteakServe a Basic Grilled Steak with corn and Smoked Tomatoes for a simply delicious Labor Day meal.
Smoked Pork ShoulderEnjoy hickory smoke-infused pork shoulder at your Labor Day gathering. Serve the shredded pork on buns for sandwiches or use it to top salads and baked potatoes.
Roasted BBQ Drumsticks with Cowboy Beans
Brush drumsticks with a soy sauce and tomato paste mixture before baking and serve with cowboy beans.
Jamaican Ribs with Sticky Rum BBQ SauceGet a taste of the islands by seasoning the baby back ribs with spicy jerk seasoning, marinating in rum, and basting with a tangy brown sugar and rum sauce.
Perfect Chicken KabobsFor a delicious Labor Day dish, prepare these Perfect Chicken Kabobs.
Grilled Molasses Flank Steak with Watermelon SalsaSmoky sweet molasses flank steak pairs perfectly with the fresh watermelon salsa.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila GlazeYour guests will go crazy for these perfectly moist and flavorful chicken thighs.
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Pulled Chicken SandwichesImpress your Labor Day guests with this deceptively easy Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe, which includes a seven-ingredient rub and a simple 15-minute sauce that comes together while the chicken grills. Serve on buns, over fresh greens, or on top of a baked potato for a filling dinner.
Jerk Shrimp with Avocado-Mango SalsaSpicy Jamaican jerk seasoning gives this grilled shrimp recipe a hot kick. Pair with our Caribbean-inspired mango salsa to help cool your taste buds.
Triple Play Barbecued ChickenTriple the flavor of grilled chicken by first seasoning with a spicy rub, smoking the chicken over wood chips, then brushing with a sweet and tangy sauce.
Grilled Pork With Ranch SauceIt's hard to beat a low-and-slow-cooked Boston butt with its meat that just falls off the bone. This twist on traditional pulled pork relies on a rub of Ranch dressing mix, injected Creole butter, and a homemade Ranch-Barbecue Sauce to serve up incredible flavor.
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