Labor Day is the second largest cookout event of the year in the United States. However, as more and more people turn to year round grilling, this holiday no longer signifies the end of the outdoor cooking season. If you live in the northern climates, this may be your last chance to throw a backyard cookout before darker evenings and colder nights send your guests indoors.
Tradition dictates that food cooked on a open flame is synonymous with summer holidays and as Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, it had better be good, whether you plan on a clambake or a good old fashioned barbecue. If planning a backyard cookout then this is the right place. It's important to take advantage of Labor Day celebrations to mix up some summer time drinks, pop open some Beer, light up the grill or smoker, and have a great cookout.
Now, whether you choose to make steaks, ribs or even hot dogs or hamburgers, be sure to make it easy on yourself. Many great barbecue or grilling recipes require time to marinate. I always prepare as much as I can the day before so you have time to make the fire, mix the drinks and socialize.
Remember, just because the kids are heading back to school and Christmas items are showing up in the stores, doesn't mean it's time to pack up the patio barbecue. You can always relive the joy of summer with a freshly cooked meal straight from the grill.