15 Best Labor Day Recipes

It’s nearly here–Labor Day. That last hurrah for the summer, before the days start to lose their sun-drenched glory. And by Labor Day, you might’ve had your fill of burgers and dogs, right? We’ve gathered up a list of other delish recipes for grilling and eating during those dog days. You know what we always say–make Frosé while the sun shines, darling. Without further ado, our 15 best Labor Day recipes.

This New England clambake was great! Followed directions and added some shrimp in because why not? Huge hit! Definitely making this again!!!.–Anna

A sliced grilled flank steak with a bowl of seasoning mix and a knife on the side.
This grilled flank steak with chile rub relies on a quick and easy dry rub of cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, and cayenne rather than a long-soaking marinade so you can toss it together at the last minute without hassle. Perfect for tacos.
A white bowl filled with pimento cheese and some saltine crackers topped with the cheese next to the bowl
This barbecue pimento cheese may just be the best thing that could happen to you today. One taste of this slightly spicy take on a classic Southern spread with a cult following and you’ll understand.

I made this BBQ pimento cheese for a party recently, and to say it was an enormous hit is an understatement. No fewer than 15 people asked for the recipe, and when there was no more cheese ball, one of my guests rolled up every single one of the leaves resting underneath (radiccio, cabbage, etc.), and ate those too.–Val

A partially sliced smoked coffee brisket on a wooden cutting board with a meat fork resting beside it.
Smoked brisket with coffee takes a few of our favorite things and combines them into a meltingly tender, spicy, and smoky masterpiece.
Two beer can chickens sitting on cans of beer in aluminum tray, a tray of smolder wood chips nearby.
Beer can chicken, whether cooked on the grill or in the oven, produces the most tender fall-off-the-bone chicken you've ever tried.
A white porcelain bowl filled with creamy red potato salad, topped with sliced scallions and a serving spoon resting inside
Small red potatoes hold their shape well and make the prettiest salad. Swapping in some sour cream for mayonnaise lightens up this summer staple. The salad is best made ahead of time and chilled a few hours before serving.

This was a spectacular little red potato salad, with flavor that surprises due to its simple ingredients. Made it last night and it was a hit with everyone. I used a quite large lemon, and white Italian vinegar rather than simple white distilled. So easy to make – this one will go into the rotation.–Kelly

A close up of two serving spoons in a bowl of corn, lima beans, chopped peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes, dressed with parsley, mint, and dressing.
The dressing is a moment to create flavor. The heavy cream is for texture, the Champagne vinegar for taste. It lends itself well to the many components that make up the salad itself.
A platter of pickle-brined fried chicken with pieces of dill pickle, and a bottle of beer.
If you've never tried pickle-brined fried chicken, it needs to go to the top of your must-make list. Now.
A carved wooden bowl filled with barbecue potato chips.
Yes, homemade potato chips are great but if you don’t feel like deep-frying, instead try spicing up a few bags of regular store-bought chips. The quality of the spice is the most important thing, so make sure your paprika is fresh and intensely fragrant. I like to use the very smoky Spanish paprika called Pimentón de la Vera.
Five ears of grilled corn on the cob in their husks, sprinkled with cilantro.
This one's a backyard party classic that I've put a new spin on. Corn on the cob is cooked in the husk, then slathered with plenty of cilantro-lime pesto.
A tall plastic cup filled with frosé or frozen rosé on a wooden table.
This easy frosé recipe is essentially a quick and easy rosé slushie made with frozen fruit and rosé wine. It's our go-to drink of the summer.
A dark chocolate cream pie partially covered with whipped cream and a knife and a bowl of whipped cream on the side.
This dark chocolate cream pie is made with bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate. Think of it as a grown-up riff on classic chocolate cream pie.
A spoon resting in a dish of cornmeal drop-biscuit peach cobbler.
This old-fashioned peach cobbler is made with peaches, flour, milk, sugar, and a surprise trick to make the surface irresistibly crackly and crisp. It's the best cobbler we've ever tried.

I didn’t actually believe peach cobbler could be improved upon but this recipe showed that it could. It is the best cobbler I have ever tasted and according to my husband his new favorite as well. The crunchy top is the bomb.–Cleo

Caramel apple slab pie in a large metal sheet pan, on a wire rack with a pie knife.
Slab pies are perfect for feeding a crowd–or a small group of people who just really, really love pie. My take on the American favorite includes caramel-coated apples and raisins, covered with a nutty crumble topping.
Three pieces of Cheryl Day's s'mores bars on individual fluted plates
These easy s'more dessert bars are every bit as good as the classic childhood campfire treat. Toasted meringue and creamy chocolate filling are piled atop a buttery graham cracker crust for the full experience. No fire required, but you will need plenty of napkins.


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