[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

Not everyone has the day off today unfortunately, but if you do and you're reading this, you should probably turn around and get yourself to the grill. That's where we'll be spending the day! No matter what your mood (for burgers? ribs? steak tacos?), we've got these five different menus to pick from. Before you fire up the grill though, make sure to wise up on these 10 essential grilling tips from the Food Lab. Make room on your plate for dips, salads, and other nibbles, as well as something sweet. And to drink? There's nothing wrong with cracking open any ol' cold beer; here's a list of punches, pitchers, and other refreshing cocktails too.

You can find us doing all of the above today. Happy Labor Day, SE'rs! See you back here tomorrow.


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