129 Recipes For Labor Day!


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With Labor Day coming up, it's time to get your butt off the computer and out onto the deck for some chilling and grilling. But first, make sure to check out our awesome recipes guide to help you plan the best labor day cook-out (or cook-in) ever. We've rounded up dozens of our favorite recipes, from American classics like burgers and dogs to our favorite end-of-summer international dishes.

Want to go even deeper into our recipes and guides? Check out our grilling page, packed with all kinds of recipes, great general grilling guides, and full features on how to make the most of your chicken, pork chops, steaks, and other grilling basics. If you're ready to jump straight to dessert, check out these pies, ice creams, and no-bake desserts. Thirsty? We've got a collection of drinks to pair with your Labor Day feast.



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Check out The Burger Lab for in-depth features all about how to make the best burgers, or jump straight to a recipe below:

Hot Dogs and Sausages


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Interested in making your own sausages from scratch? Start by getting yourself a good meat grinder (see our guide to buying, using, and caring for a meat grinder here). Then check out this post about the science of sausages (ever wonder why sausages are usually salty? There's a reason!) and this guide to making them at home. After that, jump into any one of the sausage and hot dog recipes below.

Finally, check out this Food Lab post for some in depth discussion on the best way to grill sausages.

Grilled Meat


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First, check out The Food Lab's Complete Guide to How To Grill a Steak for tips on how to select and cook the best high end steaks for the grill. If you want to really up the ante, you can go ahead and age your own beef using this guide to add some of that characteristic cheesy funk that you can usually only get at a fine steakhouse.

Looking for a more budget-friendly approach? Check out The Food Lab's Guide to Inexpensive Steak for the Grill, where we talk about the basics, and then jump straight into our recipes.

And if you want to go all out this year? Check out our guide to How to Roast a Pig On a Spit.

Grilled Chicken and Poultry

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Perfectly juicy chicken on the grill is no easy feat, but we've come up with a couple of foolproof methods. First off, check out our guide to Grilled Chicken Breasts to find out the secrets, then take a look at our article on The Best Barbecue Chicken to find out how to deal with whole birds, or just jump straight to a recipe below!

Grilled Seafood


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Easy Sides


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Condiments, Sauces, and Toppings


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Check out our entire Sauced Column for sauces, dips, and condiments from around the world Here are a few of our favorites below:

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