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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, meaning there’s no better way to celebrate than with lots of BBQ staples. We’re talking all the cookout essentials from mac and cheese to ribs to baked beans. Here are 45 easy Labor Day recipes that are as easy to make as they are impressive.

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1. White Sangria with Peaches and Berries

No one likes a diluted cocktail. That’s why we freeze fresh peaches and raspberries to use in place of ice cubes.

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2. Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers

Sweet, juicy watermelon and tangy, salty feta are a match made in BBQ heaven. Plus, salad is just better on a stick.

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3. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

Cauli florets > boring spuds. Mayo can sit this one out too; Greek yogurt and sour cream have it covered.

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4. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread

Meet pulled pork’s new best friend. They’ll get to meet in just 40 minutes.

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5. Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese

And we thought our go-to comfort food couldn’t get any better. Bring on the pickled jalapeños, green chiles and all the white cheddar.

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6. Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Not only is this recipe pretty hands-off, it’s also super versatile. Serve it in tacos, over salad or on a brioche bun.

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7. Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli

No barbecue is complete without a few charred ears. And our simple spicy aioli will put them over the top.

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8. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Well, aren’t you fancy? Bet you never thought salad would be the star of your picnic spread.

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9. Chilled Cucumber Salad

Leave lettuce behind for an app that’s ten times as refreshing. Especially after a few sunny rounds of cornhole.

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10. Light and Tangy Coleslaw

The quintessential summer side. Whether you pile it high on a pulled pork sandwich or eat it straight out of the fridge, you can’t go wrong.

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11. Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

These beat the canned kind by a mile. Think chopped bacon, ketchup and dark brown sugar.

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12. Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops

Roasted peach puree transforms into marbled magic when it meets swirls of sweet Greek yogurt.

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13. Salmon Burgers

If you have beef with red meat, salmon is here to save the day. The patties are seasoned with a mix of garlic, green onions, lemon, dill and Old Bay.

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14. Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil

Maximum flavor, minimal cleanup. Just pop each foil packet on the grill and your work is done.

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15. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

There’s nothing a sheet pan can’t do. But our favorite trick is light-as-air meringue topped with summer fruit and fresh whipped cream.

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16. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

Sorry, pizza stone. This is a job for the barbecue. Extra crushed red-pepper flakes, please.

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17. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Just the ticket for an alfresco family dinner. A drizzle of sour cream or avocado crema will take the hot edge off the shrimp if your kids are picky.

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18. Grilled Zucchini Caprese Salad

We’ll never get sick of the OG, but thin slices of charred summer zucchini are a total game changer.

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19. Campfire Grilled S’more Calzones

Stuff store-bought pizza dough with chocolate and marshmallows before grilling until ooey-gooey. And the crowd goes wild.

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20. Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Bun or no bun, this Crock-Pot classic is an easy win. But we like it on a sandwich with lots of crispy coleslaw.

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21. Grilled Flank Steak with Lemon-Herb Sauce

Don’t let grilling meat intimidate you. All it takes is a killer marinade, five to seven minutes of browning per side and a 15-minute rest before serving.

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22. Boozy Lemonade Granita

Aren’t you glad you’re one of the grown-ups?

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23. Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

For everyone who thought their diet meant dessert was off the table. Garnish with toasted hazelnuts and fresh mint.

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24. Avocado Chicken Salad

Sliced grapes and lots of mayo? Yawn. Upgrade to avocado, rice vinegar, fresh dill and lemon juice. The store-bought rotisserie chicken will be our little secret.

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25. Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce

The trick to drool-worthy brisket? Pop it on the grill or under the broiler to caramelize the outer crust.

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26. Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

See ya, artificial flavors and dyes. These pops are the real deal and totally customizable.

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27. Roasted Cauliflower Sliders

Vegetarians rejoice. You can still sink your teeth into a stick-to-your-ribs main, and it’s slathered in Sriracha yogurt.

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28. Loaded Baked Potato Chips

Wouldn’t it be cool if potato chips and nachos had a delicious baby? We made it happen—and it’s amazing.

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29. Bacon Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Burgers

With chopped bacon, shredded cheddar and Worcestershire sauce in the patty mix, these handhelds are beyond juicy.

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30. Honey-Peach Semifreddo

Picture digging into a luscious mix of heavy cream, egg yolks, peach jam and diced peaches. (With a glass of prosecco, of course.)

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31. Grilled Peach, Chicken and Ricotta Pizza

No one’s passing on a slice fresh off the barbecue. We’re betting it tastes just as good eaten cold the next morning too.

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32. Fourth of July Ice-Cream Cake

Labor Day is a patriotic holiday, but we’d be lying if we said we needed an excuse to eat cake.

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33. Sweet and Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple

Any reason to put pineapple on the grill, right? There’s pineapple juice in the sauce too, along with soy sauce, rice vinegar and Sriracha.

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34. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Don’t look now, but the ground beef in your fridge is getting jealous. Don’t be shy about the homemade yogurt sauce.

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35. Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Sorry, messy frying. Not today. Top the fish with fresh slaw, sour cream and lots of lime juice.

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36. Kale and Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw

Your two favorite veggies, together at last. Shredding the sprouts is easier than you think, we promise.

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37. Broiler S’mores

Try this once and change backyard bonfire nights forever.

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38. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice

A trip to Maui is only 30 minutes of prep and a stint in the freezer away.

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39. Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers

Once you have this recipe is in your back pocket, you’ll save a fortune on takeout. Finish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

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40. Chicken Tinga Tacos

You take care of the roasted tomato-chipotle chicken. We’ll bring the margaritas.

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41. Oven Barbecue Ribs

Homemade dry rub *and* sauce? You’re quite the grill master.

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42. Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes

Looking for a break from burgers and dogs? Enter the most low-maintenance, mess-free main you’ve ever made.

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43. Grilled Parmesan Garlic Asparagus

Say cheese. Five-ingredient vegetable sides always make us smile.

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44. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

She’s light, she’s healthy, but most importantly, she only takes 30 minutes to make. Use the oven or trade parchment for foil and upgrade to the grill.

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45. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

Red, white and wow. It doesn’t get any simpler than store-bought ladyfingers, raspberry jam and fresh fruit.

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