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Classic Cookout Recipes for Labor Day

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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The end of summer is now offical, but it wouldn't be right to say goodbye without a good, old fashioned Labor Day cookout. After a long, hot summer, it's time to savor the end of another beautiful season with your favorite friends, family and classic cookout recipes.

Whether you're hosting your own cookout with neighbors beside the pool, or heading to a friend or family member's house for a potluck picnic, you'll want to have fresh cookout ideas to make this last cookout of the summer special. From side dishes and desserts to main dishes and kid-friendly snacks, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite end of summer recipes to help you satisfy everyone at your gathering.

Here are classic cookout recipes that will wow your guests and warm your heart as you prepare for fall and a new season at Monticello at Town Center

  1. 7 Layer Pasta Salad. Save this recipe because it may quickly become your favorite salad to bring to potlucks and parties through the fall. Creamy avocado, ham, broccoli, pasta, cheddar cheese and romaine lettuce fill your salad bowl with everything you need to make a satisfying and delicious side dish.
  2. Dijon Chicken Wings. These sweet and savory chicken wings are bursting with tangy flavor from their awesome and simple-to-make glaze. For chicken wing fanatics, this recipe will be a go-to all year long, and will wow the crowd at your cookout, for sure.
  3. American Style Potato Salad. Crunchy, creamy, tangy and full of hearty, delicious potatoes, you'll love the crisp onions and celery and you'll feel extra satisfied from the protein in the eggs.
  4. Macaroni & Egg Salad. Love macaroni salad AND egg salad? Merge your two favorite cold salads in this delightful, simple and protein-packed side dish that will wow just about anyone at your Labor Day cookout.
  5. Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Skewers. Tangy ranch, grilled chicken and bacon make these skewers one of our favorite cookout recipes of the entire summer. Easy to prepare and grill, you won't be able to eat just one (so save room)! 
  6. Grilled Corn 6 Ways. This recipe is NOT your standard grilled corn recipe and with 6 different variations on toppings, you'll have choices for all of your guests' preferences. From pesto parmesan to old bay and mayo, grilled corn 6 ways will satisfy your entire crowd.
  7. Berry Cheesecake Bars. Send summer away with a sweet goodbye when you prepare and serve these delightful berry cheesecake bars. Bite-sized, but bursting with berry fruit and creamy cheesecake, your guests will swoon at first bite.
  8. Smoky Baked Beans. Perfect for Labor Day and packed with smoky flavor and a rich sauce, this baked beans recipe will remain a hit throughout the fall and winter. Easy to prepare and sure to please a crowd, you'll love eating this with a grilled burger or hot dog.
  9. Picnic Bars. These fudgy treats are perfect for small kids and little ones who may shy away from traditional cookout fare. Sweet and chewey, your kiddos will love the chocolate chips and walnuts on top, and your guests will enjoy them as a dessert or sweet treat after their meal.

Photo | Taste of Home: Smoky Baked Beans

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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