Easy Labor Day Recipes + Barbecue Menus

Fun and Festive Labor Day Recipes, Menus and Entertaining Ideas


11 Labor Day Recipes and Party Menus to Celebrate the Final Days of Summer.

Recipes, Party and Menu Ideas for Labor Day

Labor Day may be the traditional end of summer, but the days are still The long, hot, and lovely.  Labor Day is the perfect time to gather friends and families, invite the neighbors for one last summer barbecue or block party.

Try one of these 11 easy Labor Day menus to throw the an awesome, stress-free Labor Day party.

It’s time to fire up the grill one last time, sip a cool relaxing cocktail and soak up the last rays of summer sun.

Mix and Match Labor Day recipes and menus to create the perfect stress-free Labor Day party.

So grab a tall cold drink, kick back and enjoy good food and good company

Try one of these party-perfect Labor Day recipes.

Party Ideas, Labor Day Recipes, and Menus

Backyard Burger Bar

Beach Party

Crab Boil

Fajitas & Margaritas

All-American Backyard BBQ

Hot Dog Heaven – 25 unique and upgraded hot dog recipes

Make-your-own Pizza Party (grilled pizza)  Amazing!

Simple Grilled Lobster

Grilled Wings and Bourbon Root Beer Floats

Tiki Bar Classics

Steak and Classic Cocktails





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Labor Day Recipes + Party Menus



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Labor Day Recipe for a Simple Low Country Shrimp Boil

Simple and easy and oh so good.  This is a party in a giant pot.  A shrimp boil is fun for young and old alike and it’s super easy to cook, so you’ll have time to enjoy the party.

Everything goes in one pot, the table is covered with newspaper, and rolls of paper towel are you napkins.

The hardest part about a shrimp boil is finding a place to keep the giant pot.

Easy Stress-freeShrimp Boil
How to Throw a Simple, Easy Shrimp Boil

Simple Strawberry Salad 

Follow the recipe, but don’t worry about the fancy presentation, just toss it all together.  It’s the perfect salad for a Labor Day Shrimp boil.

Easy Mixed Berry Cobbler 

Stress-free Tip: just grab your favorite dessert from the bakery or market.




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Backyard Burger Bar | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menus

An All-American Favorite, everyone loves a good burger cooked on the grill.  And if they are anything like my friends and family they love to create their own custom burger creation.

This Labor Day party is super easy and stress-free. Just make up a bunch of burger patties and black bean burgers, grill them up and set out a variety of toppings, so everyone can build their very own burger sensation. This is always a super fun party idea since everyone gets exactly what they want and there is usually a little good-natured competition.

Serve with blue cheese potato chips and grilled corn.

Finish dinner with a simple spiked watermelon.  Oh so good.


Backyard Burger Bar

Grilled Corn or Sweet Ancho Chili Grilled Corn

Blue Cheese Potato Chips

Spiked Watermelon Dessert



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Heavenly Hot Dogs | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu

Hot Dogs are the quintessential 4th of July food from my childhood.  Learn the secrets to grilling the perfect hot dog and enjoy one (or more) of these updated hot dog recipes


25 Hot Dog Recipes

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Blue Cheese Potato Chips   

Homemade Lemonade

Your Favorite Popsicles




Beach Party Appetizers and Cocktails | Labor Day Recipes and Menu

Pack your picnic baskets and head to the beach to celebrate with friends for a Labor Day Beach Party with beach proof appetizers and cocktails.

This is a fun way to soak every last minute of summer sun.

The trick to enjoying appetizers at the beach is to make little bites that travel well and stand up to the heat and humidity.

To make this even easier, make this a potluck and have everyone bring an appetizer or pitcher of cocktails to share.

Beach Proof Appetizers (choose a couple)


Buffalo Chicken Beggars Purse
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Camembert with Fig Jam
Brie with Lemon Curd
Gruyere with Sautéed Mushrooms
Mozzarella with Oil-packed Sun-dried Tomatoes
Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Fried Sage
Spanakopita – Spinach and Feta Cheese Phyllo Cups
Chicken Pesto
Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese and Rosemary
Herbed Goat Cheese with Crispy Bacon Jam

Tipsy Mermaid Rum Punch
The Perfect Classic Mojito




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All American Backyard BBQ | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu

Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ filled with all the favs – like BBQ Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers, Hot Dogs with all the fixin’s, and Chicken Skewers.

Baked potato salad and a corn topping station on the side make this a super easy and tasty 4th of July party menu.


Red Hot BBQ and Blue Cheese Bacon Burger 

or try one of these

Burger Recipes includes vegetarian, vegan and alternative burger recipes

Secrets to Grill the Perfect Hot Dogs

Chicken Skewers with Blueberry BBQ sauce (featured)
or Greek Chicken Skewers

Warm Baked Potato Salad

Southern Skillet Cornbread with Bacon, Spinach and Cheddar

Grilled Corn with Toppings

S’mores Bar – 22 S’mores Recipes




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Fajitas & Margaritas | Labor Day Recipes and Menu

Fajitas are so easy to make, travel well and are fun.  Serve with warm flour tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole and black bean salsa and Mexican street corn.

If you want a dessert try an easy to make Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Super Easy Chicken Fajitas

Fresh Pico De Gallo

Spicy Guacamole

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding

Classic Margarita, Strawberry Basil Margarita or Blue Moon Margarita




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Simple and Elegant Grilled Lobster | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu


Sometimes the best days are spent lazing around the backyard or the pool and firing up the grill.  Try a twist on the traditional burgers and hot dogs and grill up some lobster. 

It’s lobster season here in Florida and there is nothing better than fresh-caught Florida Lobster for a Labor Day or late summer feast.

If you can’t get reasonably priced lobster look for Florida Keys Pink Shrimp at Whole Foods and use that as a substitute


Pitchers of Bourbon Smash

Simple Grilled Lobster 

Simple split lobsters brushed with a little garlic butter.  Perfect.

The Perfect Baked Potato

Simple Tossed Green Salad

Easy Hazelnut Chocolate Fondue






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Backyard Grill Your Own Pizza Party | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu

Believe it or not, the grill is my favorite way to cook pizza.  The high heat of the grill makes it easy to get the perfect crispy and slightly charred pizza crust with melty cheese and hot toppings.

Everyone loves pizza.  Make or buy pizza dough and grab everyone’s favorite toppings and have a backyard pizza party.


Make Your Own Pizza Party | Recipes and ideas

Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Appetizer

Grilled Nectarine & Arugula Salad

Berries Tossed in Limoncello and Basil – 

Finish dinner with a simple dessert of fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries tossed in a little limoncello and topped with fresh chopped basil.

Simple and the perfect way to end a Labor Day pizza party.  So good.




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Tiki Bar Classic Cocktails + Jerk Pork | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu

Lime Daiquiris,  jerk pork, caramelized sweet plantains.  A simple and easy Labor Day party menu filled with just the right balance of sweet and spicy.


Lime Daiquiri or Zombie Cocktail

Jerk Pork

Caramelized Sweet Plantains

Coconut Rice with Curried Bananas and Cashews

Pina Colada Bread Pudding



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Wings and Bourbon Root Beer Floats

Grilled Chicken Wings with 5 Dipping Sauces | Labor Day Recipes and Party Menu

Grilled Chicken Wings

These are so easy to make and since they are naked, just whip up a couple of dipping sauces so everyone can enjoy dunking the wings in the sauce of their choice.

Try one of these wing sauces:

Anchor Bar Buffalo Sauce (the original)

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glaze

Tropical Coco Loco

Honey BBQ

Chili Sesame Soy Sauce

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Root Beer Ice Cream Bourbon Floats

to make these kid friendly just leave out the bourbon.




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