Labor Day Grill Ideas & Recipes

Hot days may be coming to an end, but we still have plenty of hot grill recipes for your Labor Day BBQ menu. Celebrate your Labor Day weekend right with great company and tasty grill ideas.

Pulled Pork

The secret to making award-winning pulled pork lies in the preparation. With a little dedicated time preparing and seasoning a pork butt, you can easily pull off crowd-pleasing smoked pulled pork at your Labor Day BBQ.


  • Pulled Pork

    • No frills in this recipe. Just our tried and true method to making the best smoked pulled pork on a charcoal grill. Pair the pork with your favorite BBQ sauce and you’ll be sure to wow your friends and family.

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    • With a little variation from our Pulled Pork recipe, this pulled pork recipe sandwiches the meat between two pieces of bread with all the fixings. These smoky handhelds are a great option to satisfy a hungry Labor Day crowd.


Smoky, tender and juicy, BBQ ribs never disappoint. Beef ribs, spare ribs, pork ribs, short ribs, you name it! Try any of our BBQ rib recipes, and you’ll learn how to grill ribs to perfection for Labor Day and beyond.

  • Beef Short Ribs

    • Ribs don’t always have to mean pork. With a similar bold, smoky flavor and tender goodness of brisket, beef short ribs are amazing on the plate, both to the eyes and the palate. 

  • Beef Ribs

    • Smoked beef ribs are often referred to as "Brisket on a Stick", and if you've ever smoked beef ribs on the kettle grill, you know why. That smoked beef flavor is hard to beat. Treat your crowd to grilled beef ribs!

  • Korean Kalbi Short Ribs

    • With ingredients like fresh ginger and garlic, your guests will immediately be asking for this BBQ short rib recipe. Try it out at your next gathering and see for yourself!

  • Pork Spare Ribs

    • Nothing says BBQ more than ribs smoked to perfection. When done right, they’re tender, tasty and will have people licking their fingers every time!

  • 3-hour Appetizer Ribs

    • Slow-cooked ribs in half the time? We’ve got you covered?  In this recipe, we cook ribs low ‘n slow with a twist – we cut the rack into individual ribs BEFORE cooking. 

Grilled Chicken Wings

For even the pickiest of eaters, it’s hard to go wrong with some grilled chicken wings. If you don’t know how to grill wings, try one of these beginner-friendly bbq wings recipes for your Labor Day cookout!

  • Chicken Wings

    • Few snacks can surpass chicken wings as the favorite party food. Skip the deep fryer and experiment with smoky, flavorful chicken wings on the grill.

  • “Grill Fried” Wings

    • Bet you didn’t know you can “fry” on the grill. Take an American classic dish outside to your charcoal grill for a flavor profile like no other. And don’t skip the best grilled chicken wing sauces!

  • Elevated Chicken Wings

    • Take your grilled chicken wings to the next level with this recipe to really wow your crowd. A generous layer of dry rub paired with a green onion and parsley garnish make these wings a game-changer.

Beef Brisket

Since brisket is a tough cut of meat, it must be slow-cooked to break down tissues for optimal tenderness. That’s why we love smoked brisket. Smoking brisket slowly cooks the meat and infuses it with that smoky, satisfying deliciousness.

  • Beginner’s Brisket
    • For a brisket novice, we recommend trying this beginner-friendly smoked brisket recipe. It’s simple and it’s delicious!
  • Beef Brisket
    • Make a smoked brisket that tops your local BBQ joint right from your own home! At home, you can customize your brisket’s flavor by experimenting with dry rubs and wood chips.


There’s not much that compares to a perfectly grilled steak. Whether you like a warm pink center or a well-done steak, steak on the grill is always a classic among meat eaters. Go ahead and toss some steaks on the barbie for Labor Day!


  • Reverse Seared Ribeye Steak
    • Our favorite way to get all-over sear and tremendous flavor is to reverse sear using the “Cold Grate Technique".  You’ll get wall-to-wall color (no tan banding) and all-over brown crust, not just grill marked strips of flavor.
  • Picanha Steak
    • When it comes to making a delicious steak, almost nothing compares to a perfect Picanha steak. Picanha steaks offer the perfect balance of tenderness and richness and quickly become a favorite for all those who try it!
  • New York Strip Steak
    • A New York strip steak on the grill is easy to love. The optimal blend of flavor, texture and fat makes the NY strip perfect for satisfying any carnivore.


Nothing says backyard cookout like burgers on the grill. Perfect your burger-grilling technique with one of these best burger recipes during Labor Day Weekend.

  • Burgers

    • You can never go wrong with a classic grilled burger. Find tips for picking out the best meat and keeping your burgers juicy in this recipe.

  • Breakfast Smash Burgers

    • It’s more than just slapping a fried egg on a burger and calling it a “breakfast burger.” We’re talking bacon, hashbrowns and more on this handheld.

  • Burger Joint Smash Burgers

    • When time doesn’t allow for cooking a thick steakhouse-style burger, or maybe you’re just in the mood for something a little different, these “smash burgers” are what you’re looking for. Easy prep, simple cook, and absolutely delicious.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Smoked pork belly burnt ends may not be top-of-mind when planning your Labor Day cookout menu, but they’re sure to be a crowd-pleasing treat. Give them a try and see for yourself why they are irresistibly good!

  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends

    • Brisket burnt ends are amazing! In fact they are SO good the ONLY way to improve on them is to add bacon (a.k.a. pork belly). Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends are as rich, sweet and savory as it sounds. If meat were a candy, it would taste like this.

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