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Your Labor Day Menu

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Are you ready for the holiday weekend? Got plans for a cook-out or maybe a picnic? Even in these weird and uncertain times, we still find ways to celebrate. Your Labor Day menu planning may look different this year, but never fear. I’ve been working on a plan and have all the best recipe ideas for your Labor Day menu right here!

You can definitely count on one thing – our Labor Day menu will certainly have a Southern bent and many of the following recipes will be included. I’ve gathered some of the most popular southern summer recipes that have previously appeared here on the blog.

16 Recipes for Your Labor Day Menu

There’s enough variety here that I’m sure you’ll find at least one or two to add to your Labor Day menu! Let’s start with the main course, shall we?

Collage of main dish recipes.

Main Dishes

An always popular menu item here is my Slow Cooker Ribs! Followed closely by Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Both of these are always a good choice for us because our weather can be really unpredictable this time of year!

If you’re not a fan of the barbecue, then how about a great grilled burger. BeeBop’s Bacon Cheeseburger is a fantastic choice.

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Slow Cooker Ribs
Luscious, fall-off-the-bone tender, spare ribs from your slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs - These luscious, fall-off-the-bone tender ribs are prepped in a jiffy and cook long and low in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
A fool-proof slow cooker method of preparing southern style pulled pork.
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Pulled pork barbecue sandwich on a white serving plate.
BeeBop’s Bacon Cheeseburger
A luscious burger topped with bacon and bleu cheese.
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BeeBop's Bacon Cheeseburger is a unique burger that has the bacon cooked right on top of the burger. It's totally delicious and really easy to make!
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You know you can’t have a summer cookout menu without including several salads, right? Some of my favorites are this Black Eyed Pea Salad, old-fashioned Copper Pennies, Fire and Ice Tomatoes, and my traditional Potato Salad.

And if you’re a born-and-bred Southerner (or just one at heart) you know you must include a congealed salad! Polly’s Pink Stuff fits that requirement very nicely.

Black Eyed Pea Salad
Southern marinated Black Eyed Pea Salad is a versatile and effortless side dish for your next picnic or potluck dinner. 15 minutes to make!
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Black Eyed Pea Salad in a vintage serving bowl set on a kitchen towel.
Old Fashioned Copper Pennies
This delicious vintage recipe for Old Fashioned Copper Pennies is a sweet-sour combination of carrots, onions, and peppers that will keep your guests coming back for more!
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Copper pennies salad in a serving bowl.
Fire and Ice Tomatoes
A sweet-tart salad with fresh summer tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet Vidalia onions .
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This vintage recipe for Fire and Ice Tomatoes is a sweet-tart salad with late summer tomatoes, bell peppers, and sweet Vidalia onions.
Southern Potato Salad
This Classic Southern Potato Salad Recipe is great to take to a potluck. It's made with tender, steamed potatoes and a mayonnaise dressing.
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Southern potato salad on a white plate with a hamburger and slice of watermelon.
Polly’s Pink Stuff (Raspberry Jello Mold)
A retro recipe for a festive raspberry jello mold. My grandmother's holiday specialty served for every Christmas and Easter dinner.
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Polly's Pink Stuff - A retro recipe for a festive raspberry jello mold.
Photo collage of side dish recipes.

Side Dishes

Now, on to the sides! What better to go with the pulled pork or barbecued ribs above than a pot of Brunswick Stew? And, of course, Baked Beans are pretty much a given.

Also, if your crew doesn’t care for the mayonnaise type of potato salad, why don’t you try my Lemon-Dill Potato Salad? It’s nice and tangy and you can easily take it to a friend’s house or on a picnic without worrying about the mayonnaise!

And then there’s Deviled Eggs. One of BeeBop’s all-time favorite recipes. I think he could eat a dozen of them right by himself.

Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew
A classic Southern barbecue side dish combining meat and a variety of vegetables.
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Brunswick stew in a vintage bowl.
Mama’s Southern Baked Beans with Bacon
Everybody loves Mama's Southern Baked Beans with Bacon! Their sweet, smoky flavor makes them ideal for cookouts and potluck dinners!
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Baked beans and bacon on a plate with a hamburger.
Lemon Dill Potato Salad
Lemon Dill Potato Salad – a warm potato salad dressed with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and dill. No mayo makes it safer for picnics!
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Lemon Dill Potato Salad - A warm potato salad dressed with a mixture of olive oil, lemon, and dill. No mayo makes it safer for picnics!
Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs
Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs are just about perfect for any party, barbecue, or holiday. This classic recipe is easy and delicious!
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A finished deviled egg on a white plate.
Photo collage of dessert recipes.


No celebration would be complete without a delicious dessert, right? One of my favorites and one which I haven’t made in quite some time is good Old-Fashioned Southern Teacakes. Not exactly a cookie but not a cake either and not too sweet, they’re just perfect for a light treat after a big meal.

Or maybe you could go for something cold? Like my Homemade Peach Ice Cream. But if cake is what you’re craving, choose one of these Southern specialties – Caramel Layer Cake or Chocolate Little Layer Cake. Both are delicious and very, very Southern.

Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes
Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes is a classic, vintage recipe. A cross between a cookie and cake, not too sweet, and utterly delicious.
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Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes on a white serving plate.
Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Southern summers wouldn’t be complete without a churn of homemade peach ice cream.
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Creamy, cold and delicious homemade peach ice cream with sweet, fresh Georgia grown peaches and rich with eggs, heavy cream, and whole milk.
Old Fashioned Southern Caramel Layer Cake
This old fashioned southern Caramel Layer Cake with an easy homemade caramel frosting tastes like a little slice of heaven!
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Southern caramel layer cake on a white cake stand.
Chocolate Little Layer Cake
This heritage recipe for Chocolate Little Layer Cake consists of tiny layers baked individually and topped with a boiled chocolate icing.
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Completed Chocolate Little Layer Cake on a cake stand.

So there you have it! A recap of some of the very best recipes from Lana’s Cooking for your Labor Day celebration.

16 Recipes for Your Labor Day Menu

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  1. Thanks! I think I’ve decided to make pulled pork for our Independence Day. With coleslaw and potato salad. Don’t know about dessert yet, but maybe teacakes :-)

    1. I, too, wish you and yours a great Holiday. I neglected to mention your recipe recap…I’ll have some of everything…!!!