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.
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