Top 23 Labor Day Cookout Recipes

Try these recipes for Labor Day, the last big cookout day of the Summer

As the kids head back to school and the end of summer approaches it's time to end the season with one last, big cookout. Try these recipes for your Labor Day Cookout and make it spectacular. As you can see from this list the most popular foods for labor day include ​BBQ Ribs and Beer Can Chicken.

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    This traditional Texas-style Beef Brisket recipe will produce a great piece of smoked meat. This basic recipe gives you all you need to know to smoke a brisket. From here you can learn to take your brisket to a whole new level.

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    Carolina Ribs with Red Pepper Sauce
    Carolina Ribs with Red Pepper Sauce. luchezar/Getty Images

    These ribs are coated with a Carolina style rub and basted with a tangy red pepper sauce. A truly delicious experience!

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    Firecracker Salmon
    Firecracker Salmon. Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Marinated in a rich Asian-style mixture of spicy heat and savory flavors, this salmon picks up a little kick and a lot of flavors. If you want to turn up the heat, double the amount of red pepper flakes.

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    Steak Burgers with Port Wine Reduction Spread
    Steak Burgers with Port Wine Reduction Spread. Regarding BBQ Inc.

    This is sure to be one of the best gourmet burgers you'll ever try. Large, well-seasoned patties are grilled to perfection, placed onto toasted Ciabatta bread with melted cheese and topped with a delectable port wine spread. Definitely a great burger for any occasion.

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    Classic Steak Marinade
    Classic Steak Marinade. StockFood - Andre Baranowski/Riser/Getty Images

    A high-quality steak doesn't need any help. A not so perfect steak can definitely benefit from a good marinade. If you are grilling leaner steaks like flat-iron, skirt, or flank steak, then it is wise to marinade them first. This steak marinade provides just enough acid to help tenderize the steak but also infuses the outer layer with 

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    Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce
    Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce. Debbie Smirnoff/Getty Images

    Who doesn't love bacon and cheese? Add a few jalapenos to the mix and you'll have a fantastic hot dog to serve at cookouts, birthday parties, and on game nights.

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    Mustard Sauce
    Mustard Sauce. Lauri Patterson/Getty Images

    If you haven't tried a mustard-based barbecue sauce then you are really missing out on something truly delicious. This sauce works well with almost any smoked or grill meat but is perfect for pork.

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    Finished Chicken
    Finished Chicken. Derrick Riches

    This is the classic beer in the butt chicken recipe, developed by a couple of guys with too many beer cans and not enough pans. This chicken is moist and flavorful. About the best way, there is to cook a chicken. This recipe uses a smoker to slow roast the chicken with lots of smoky flavor.

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    Marinated Vegetable Kebabs
    Marinated Vegetable Kebabs. Rachel Slepekis/Getty Images

    These quick and easy veggie kebabs make a great main or side dish. You can even put them together and freeze them for when you need a quick, grilled meal.

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    Grilled Herb Burger
    Grilled Herb Burger. Gabrielle Revere/Getty Images

    These refreshing grilled her burgers are sure to please! You can use either burger buns or baguettes and your favorite condiments.

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    Rosemary and Red Wine Flat-Iron Steak
    Rosemary and Red Wine Flat-Iron Steak. Richard Jung/Getty Images

    If you love steak, then I recommend this flat-iron recipe. The combination of red wine, mustard and fresh herbs really brightens this already flavorful cut of beef.

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    Kansas City Ribs Cut three Ribs
    Kansas City Ribs Cut three Ribs. Derrick Riches

    If you're in the good a sweet, sticky, delicious pork bbq ribs recipe, then Kansas City Ribs are what you're looking for!

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    Fifty Dollar Ribeye Burger
    Fifty Dollar Ribeye Burger. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Quite likely to be the best hamburger you'll ever try. Rib-eye steaks are ground and filled with a delicious morel mushroom and shallot filling, topped with melted Port Salut cheese, a wine and Dijon reduction, onion rings, then served in a toasted brioche bun.

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    Guinness Marinade
    Guinness Marinade. Jim Scherer/Getty Images

    This is a classic marinade, full of flavor and contains really good beer! Perfect for beef but can also be used on pork, lamb, or game.

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    Grilled Apple and Brie Flatbread
    Grilled Apple and Brie Flatbread. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    A quick and delicious flatbread recipe utilizing the grill.  Apples and brie cheese work really well together, so give this recipe a try and you'll be pleased with the results. 

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    If you take a small zucchini and cut it lengthwise, you'll find that it's really easy to grill. I suggest sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese over them before you serve.

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    Lamb Sausage Sandwich with Cumin-Mint Yogurt Sauce
    Lamb Sausage Sandwich with Cumin-Mint Yogurt Sauce. Barry Wong/Getty Images

    Grilled lamb sausage in a warmed bun or pita, topped with a toasted cumin and mint yogurt sauce. If you're tired of the usual cookout hot dog and looking to try something new, then this is certainly the sausage sandwich to try!

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    Parmesan Potatoes
    Parmesan Potatoes. Westend61/Getty Images

    These delicious grilled potatoes are wrapped in foil and then cooked. They are an easy side dish to prepare and are incredibly flavorful morsels you guests will love.

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    Grilled Fig and Arugula Pizza
    Grilled Fig and Arugula Pizza. Thecrimsonmonkey/Gettyimages

    It's an established fact that figs and arugula work really well together. Factor in a nicely grilled pizza crust, and the end result is perfection. Choose a good, sharp cheese to round out the flavor of this dish.

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    Grilled Honey Basted Nectarines
    Grilled Honey Basted Nectarines. nicolebranan/Getty Images

    This grilled fruit recipe can be transformed into any dessert you wish. You can add a scoop of ice cream and crumbled cookies to make a sundae, or slice and place on top of baked sugar cookie dough to make a dessert pizza.

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    This burger recipe is filled with delicious flavor. Not only do the patties have a Cajun flare, but there is also a mildly spiced barbecue sauce to accompany it. You can step up the heat any way you want on these. Try a thick slice of pepper jack cheese (I like the habanero variety) or a hot and spicy barbecue sauce. If you make an extra messy burger try and extra hearty (and crunchy) bread for the bun.

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    Baked German Potato Salad
    Baked German Potato Salad. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This recipe is an alternative take on German-style potato salad. The onions and potatoes are baked, caramelized, and slightly crisped, before adding the dressing.  This is a must try recipe. 

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    Classic BBQ Rib Sauce. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    There is a flavor that is great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you get there, whether you smoked your ribs low and slow for hours or baked them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of flavor.