Labor Day Weekend BBQ Dishes (8 EPIC Dishes for You To Try)

Labor Day Weekend should be the time to kick back and relax. Good company, good weather, and delicious food. 

While you’ve been busy getting ready for that first weekend in September, have you forgotten to plan what you’ll be eating?

Or maybe you’re sick of cooking up the same three dishes every year. 

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

Barbecuing is a staple of Labor Day Weekend and we’re not going to let you go hungry. We’ve got together some BBQ and meat smoking recipes so that you can have the perfect Labor Day Weekend. 

Have a read of the article below to find the BBQ dish that’s right for you. 

Barbecued Chicken Pizzas 

Barbecued pizzas are a crowd-pleaser for a reason and this recipe is no exception. This dish is simple, quick to make, and most importantly; child friendly. 

Grilling the pizzas gives them an extra smokey flavor and leaves you more room in the kitchen. If you’re looking for something different, feel free to experiment with toppings!

Smoked Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These smokey meatballs are a hit at all cookouts! You can serve them as an appetizer or as a main.

If your serving them as a main, whip up some tomatro sauce to serve them in.

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers 

Are fresh shrimp too expensive? No problem. This recipe is best cooked with frozen shrimp!

These skewers are marinated in a delicious combination of olive oil, garlic, and herbs. This recipe is easy, scrumptious, and also makes for fantastic leftovers!

If you don’t have any skewers on hand, you could try searing the shrimp on a salt block

Smoked Pork Loin

Wanting to impress some guests? Look no further than this smoked pork loin

It features a beautiful combination of caramel, soy, and smokey flavors. 

This sauce can also be used with duck or chicken breasts if that is what you have on hand. If you’re wanting to make food ahead of time, you can prepare the sauce up to a week beforehand. 

Grilled Sausages 

Easy? Tick. Few ingredients? Tick. Yummy? Absolutely!

Grilled sausages are a perfect dish if you’ve got little time and are after a quick and cheap meal. Topped with marinated vegetables, you can use whatever you have at home to dress the sausages. 

This dish is ideal for serving crowds, occupying the kids, or using up those spare sausages in your freezer. 

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Ginger Glaze

If you’re feeling a bit fancy (but without too much effort) this is the dish for you. This recipe guarantees a smoky delicious salmon, without the pain of it sticking to the grill. 

Topped with a sweet and salty glaze, that will surely win over any fussy guests. 

Heat the barbecue and get cooking!

Grilled Ribs with Salt and Pepper

There’s nothing like pork that tastes like real pork. This recipe is all about enhancing the meat’s authentic flavor and getting back to basics. 

It’s a bit different from your regular saucy baby-backed ribs, so if you’re looking for something heavy this might not be the dish for you. 

But sometimes simple is best. It doesn’t take long to cook and can be served with rice, salad, or anything else you desire. 

Beef and Pineapple Kebabs with Cashew Rice

A little bit sweet, a little bit salty. That’s exactly how we like our kebabs. 

If you’re after something similar, this dish might just tick all your boxes. It’s a great recipe for leftovers, if you’re looking to use up spare vegetables or if you’re after a dish for both the kids and the adults. 

Try changing it up and serving it with mushrooms, zucchini, and halloumi. 

If you want to try a whole smoked pineapple, with brown sugar try this reicpe!

Detroit Hot Honey Wings

So, we heard you like your dishes with a bit of spice? Welcome; you’ve come to the right place! 

Spicy, juicy, and full of flavor. These hot honey wings are not only sweet and delicious, but they will also give you that extra kick. 

If you’re a bit worried about the spice factor, feel free to alter the amount of hot sauce you add. 

There’s no need to stress when it comes to planning your Labor Day weekend BBQ dishes. These recipes are fun, simple, and most importantly tasty!

So, sit back and enjoy your hard-earned weekend. What are your Labor Day go-to dishes?

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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