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Labor Day Chicken Barbecue Recipes

Try 6 different sauces and surprising sides

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Try a new chicken barbecue recipe this week. — Photo by: Maura McEvoy/Getty Images

Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September, marks the end of the summer season in much of the country: the last hurrah of barbecues, pool parties and eating outdoors. Before ushering in the beginning of football season and gearing up for autumn, Labor Day is a perfect opportunity to try those grilling recipes that were overlooked on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

See also: Summer grilling.

If you spent the summer filling up on burgers and brats, these barbecue chicken recipes will provide a finger-licking change. There's also a selection of more barbecue sauces, for use on chicken, ribs, or slathered on any food you prefer.

Barbecue Chicken:

Pit-Barbecued Chicken by Eula Mae Dore: This barbecue chicken slow-cooks in a barbecue pit for about two and a half hours, allowing the flavors to deepen and permeate the meat.

Chicken With Barbecue Sauce by Joan Nathan: This chicken recipe starts roasting in the oven, then is transferred to the grill to caramelize the sauce.

Honey Mustard Barbecued Chicken by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner: Drumsticks steep in a tangy marinade for hours, then are glazed with honey, whole-grain mustard and lemon zest.

Gingered Barbecued Chicken Breasts by Michele Urvater: Fresh ginger gives this barbecued chicken recipe an extra kick.

Six More Barbecue Sauces:

Beer Mop Sauce by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Hank Coleman's Barbecue Sauce by Christopher Idone

Mean, Meaner, Meanest Barbecue Sauce by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

Next: More sauces and great side dishes. >>

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