The Menu for the Best Labor Day BBQ!
FLANK STEAK WITH OLIVE TAPENADE
LEMON BASIL POTATO SALAD
Get the recipe!: Lemon Basil Potato Salad
Ree Drummond's "really easy and beautiful" summer side is made with toasted pine nuts for an added crunch.
SPICY TEQUILA SHRIMP
GRILLED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
Get the recipe!: Grilled Strawberry Shortcake
"Grilling the berries adds a different dimension and depth of flavor to this classic American dish," says the executive chef of New York City's Beatrice Inn (and the most recent Chopped Grill Masters winner) Angie Mar.
BACON BBQ OYSTERS
Get the recipe!: Bacon BBQ Oysters
A homemade barbecue sauce – and lots of crisp bacon! – finish this savory seafood dish that's cooked quickly on the grill.
Get the recipe!: Marinated Shrimp
Spice up your end-of-summer cookout with Sam Talbot's shrimp recipe, featuring flavorful ingredients like chili paste, ginger, cilantro and scallions.
PICKLED CORN-BACON RELISH
Get the recipe!: Pickled Corn-Bacon Relish
Chef Edward Lee (a former Top Chef contender) is all about adding bacon to this veggie-packed relish, which can be enjoyed on a sandwich or solo as a side.
ARUGULA, FIG & BLEU CHEESE SALAD
Get the recipe!: Arugula, Fig & Bleu Cheese Salad
Chef Alan Jackson's light starter, topped with a homemade sherry vinaigrette, is the perfect way to kick off a refreshing summer meal.
WHITE PEACH & GRAPE SANGRIA
Get the recipe!: White Peach & Grape Sangria
Skip the super-involved sangria recipes and stick to this version, which features peaches, grapes, lemons and sugar simply mixed into some pinot grigio.
Get the recipe!: Summer Spice
Chef Michael Symon's four-ingredient cocktail has whiskey for kick, citrus for flavor and crème de cacao for a smooth finish.
Get the recipe!: Firecracker
Pump up your party beverage offerings with an icy-cold drink made using sweet and tart summery fruits like cherries and limes.
Get the recipe!: Summer Fling
Lighten up your summer soirée with a sparkling wine cocktail garnished with your favorite seasonal fruits.
SEA SCALLOPS WITH WATERMELON
Get the recipe!: Sea Scallops with Watermelon
Anne Burrell finds new uses for watermelon – including pickled rind! – in her easy-to-assemble salad recipe that calls for delicious summery ingredients.
SPICY MAC & CHEESE
Get the recipe!: Spicy Mac & Cheese
Jalapeños are one of the secret ingredients in Annie M.'s delicious dish, full of creamy cheese and chopped vegetables.
Get the recipe!: Potato Salad
A straightforward take on the BBQ staple – created by Top Chef season one alum Tiffani Faison – features apple cider vinegar and honey for a little zest and sweetness.
Get the recipe!: Backyard Chicken
Emeril Lagasse's delicious dish comes topped with a homemade barbecue sauce (with just a hint bit of bam!) that you're going to love.
CALI LETTUCE-WRAP BURGER
Get the recipe!: Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger
Don't worry about the calories: Gina Neely's healthy update on this all-American summer staple is made with lean ground beef and cuts out the carb-laden bun.
CAJUN BLACKENED FISH TACOS
Get the recipe!: Cajun Blackened Fish Tacos
Bite-sized and beyond flavorful, this signature seafood dish from Tommy Bahama Manhattan Island's beachy kitchen is topped with a spicy Asian slaw.
SMASHED APPLE CIDER BBQ RIBS
Get the recipe!: Apple Cider BBQ Ribs
A little spiked apple cider gives these St. Louis-style ribs a sweet, tangy edge. Add paprika, brown sugar and a homemade barbecue sauce made with chipotles and molasses, and you've got yourself the ultimate backyard favorite.
HERB-RUBBED GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN
Get the recipe!: Herb-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
If you marinate Jamie Deen's pork tenderloin overnight before you throw it on the grill, you'll be rewarded the next day with a juicy cut of meat that has a crispy, herb crust.
Get the recipe!: Blackberry Cobbler
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump says this dessert, served at her haute Hills restaurant SUR, is "easy to make." Topped with ice cream, it's easy to inhale, too!
Get the recipe!: Homemade Popsicles
Sweet tooths will surely be satisfied by these berry and chocolate treats, which are a snap to mix and freeze (and low-fat, too). Just be sure to keep them away from the kids: both recipes call for bourbon.
CHERRY COKE FLOAT CUPCAKES
CHILLY BANANA PUDDING
Get the recipe!: Chilly Banana Pudding
If you can keep your hands off of Deen's banana pudding for the two hours it needs to set in the fridge, then you'll really enjoy it once it's cold and served with a scoop of sorbet or vanilla ice cream.