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Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.

If you plan on a cookout this Labor Day weekend, we’ve got you covered with our list of amazing dishes. Treat your guest to an absolutely tasty menu. From incredible barbecue meats to the simple yet refreshing iced tea, your cookout will definitely be a great finale for this summer.

Grilled chicken may not be new to cookouts but no one can deny that it's a classic. People will definitely ask for it anyway so why not make the most delicious grilled chicken out there. Just make sure you make enough because everyone will surely want a piece.

Meat on sticks! It’s a great way to eat grilled meat and a wonderful idea to do in a cookout. The key to any shish kebab recipe is to marinate the meat long enough to get the flavor into the meat. It's easier to marinate the meat the night before so you can quickly grill the shish kebabs for a great cookout.

A fresh salad makes the perfect barbecue side dish. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. And the great thing about salad is that you can always add other ingredients to change it up if you want!

These delicious Classic Deviled Eggs are a perfect appetizer or side dish for picnics, cookouts, and holiday feasts. They’re very easy to make and are sure to be an instant hit once you serve them out.

Chili dogs have become synonymous with amusement parks and college dining halls. But really, they’re an ingenious meal for feeding a hungry crowd or family. With your hotdogs cooked on the grill, it won't be hard to get a lot of flavor into this dish. Just don't skip on toasting the bun as it keeps the chili from softening the bun too quickly.


Authentic chimichurri from Uruguay & Argentina is the best accompaniment to any barbecued or grilled meat. Most will claim that their recipe is the "real thing", but the truth is there are so many variations in the world of Chimichurri that it’s now difficult to say which is the closest to the most authentic recipe there is.

You can’t have a cookout without ribs. Although we love burgers, hotdogs, and chicken cookouts, ribs are the ultimate grilled meat. They’re messy, indulgent, delicious, and can turn any ordinary Labor Day weekend into a festive occasion.

Garlic Grilled Shrimp is a perfect summer staple on the grill, especially on skewers! Level up your grilled shrimp game by adding taco seasoning. It’s so fast and easy to prepare, these marinated shrimp are destined to be the hit of any cookout.

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be sipping on these summer berry sangrias. And this just requires 5 minutes of prep work and an hour to chill. I’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s perfect for entertaining large crowds. So if you don’t have anything prepared for Labor Day, this should do the trick.

It really doesn’t get more refreshing than a chilled glass of homemade lemon iced tea! This quick and easy recipe for Sweet Lemon Iced Tea will be the cookout favorite. The hot brew of the tea helps give the drink a robust quality while the fresh lemon juice provides a vibrant flavor you just can't get with store-bought iced teas.

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