Plan a Labor Day Cookout On A Budget

Plan a Labor Day Cookout On A Budget

Labor Day is the final summer holiday, so almost everyone is ready to be done with barbecues for the year. But before you throw the tarp over the grill, host one more small party. Keep things budget-friendly by sticking to dishes with about a handful of ingredients and minor prep work! Enjoy!

From sizzling starters to meaty main courses, this Labor Day feast will be a knock-out party!

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If the weather permits, lay the appetizer outside. Try finger foods like pepperoni puffs and lots of yummy dips.

Spicy Bologna Appetizer
Beefy Bean Bites
Pepperoni Puffs
Vegetable Pizza
Dill Dip

Main Courses
Use your grill for the last time on Labor Day! Cook up some burgers, dogs and more!

French Onion Burgers
Spicy Grilled Chicken
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Emeril's Grilled Dogs with Apple Mustard Sauce
Spinach and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Side Dishes
4 Ingredient Potato Salad
Arugula Salad
Cold Corn Salad
Quick Ham Salad
Pasta Veggie Salad

Easy does it when it comes to the sweet treats for this barbecue. Fun frozen bananas will be a hit!

Pecan Crescents
Easy Pound Cake
Pan Fried Apples
Frozen Banana Treats
Orange Jello Salad

Cocktails or smoothies; just make sure that all your drinks are ice cold!

Watermelon Coolers
Coffee Frappe
Lemonade Mocktail
Orange Smoothie
Homemade Lemonade

Presentation Pointers:

  1. It is around Labor Day that your garden starts to produce its last veggies. Use them up in everything from sides to salsas and more!
  2. Not everyone likes to dip their burgers and dogs in ketchup. Stock up on a variety of barbecue sauces, mustards and more. If you’re in a pinch, then ask some of your guests to bring the condiments.
  3. Ask in advance if there are any vegetarians coming to the party. You can possible grill some veggies for them, while the burgers are also cooking. Also, it’s always smart to have a small pasta dish for those who would rather pass on barbecue fare.

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