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Labor Day Weekend -what's the plan Stan?

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It's coming up fast, the big end of summer long weekend.
What's everyone cooking, grilling, BBQing and baking?
I can't decide between a Mexican fiesta theme or good old, down home smoked spare ribs with American sides.
It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend for us up in the North Bay, and I hope it is the same for all of you.
Corn on the cob is a must, and probably freshly churned plum ice cream will finish things off. The rest is anyone's guess. Ideas? Suggestions?
What's your plan this Labor Day?

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  1. Wow, I never would have anticipated such an overwhelming response to a BBQ/Labor Day thread! Hope the mods don't have too hard of time with all this activity!
    Seriously, did I miss a post on Labor Day and this is a sad little duplicate post?
    It's like grade school and no one will sit next to me at lunch...

    1. Bourbon...Beer.
      BBQed Pork Spare Ribs....Pork Butts....ABT's
      The usual accoutrements...
      Might Hand Crank some French Vanilla....


      1. We are having our annual Labor Day party and doing BBQ. Pulled pork sliders, coleslaw, potato salad, and mac and cheese. I will also do hot dogs for the kids and nice cold beers for the grown ups. Hopefully hurricane Earl won't come to the party as well.
        Happy Labor Day!!

        1. I am having a BBQ on Sunday. So far my menu (subject to change at any time) is as follows:

          Fig, Brie and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza appetizer
          Homemade Guac, Salsa and chips

          BBQ'd Turkey Sausages
          BBQ'd Regular Beef Burgers - maybe provide different types of cheeses to top with - blue, chedder, etc.
          Short RIbs, cut Miami-Style (long), braised in the oven and finished on the BBQ
          New Potato Salad
          Green Bean Salad

          Salted caramel brownies
          Ice Cream
          Grilled Pineapple

          1. I'll probably do some BBQ'd pork ribs or (maybe and?) chicken thighs. I know the ribs are on special this week, so I'll get some and brine them overnight before doing a simple dry hub and then a low & slow with hickory chips. Although I typically like pork BBQ in the eastern NC style (mostly vinegar & a little hot pepper), for ribs I like a mop sauce that's a bit sweeter so I can get a really good char at the end of cooking.

            Guac & chips to nibble while waiting on the main event, typical slaw, beans & tater salad sides. Keep it simple with Smores made with 70% dark chocolate with chili for dessert.

            1. I am going to be one lazy bastard, pardon the indelicacy - we're having our annual White Trash party on Saturday, this time with with a luau theme, and I was going to get a ton of charcoal and fire up the water smoker and try YET AGAIN to actually cook two shoulder butts in there in something less than 18 hours. And then today I said Oh, the hell with it! So I'm getting out that Foods of Paradise book again, for the Fake Kalua Pig recipe that is SO good, using kosher salt, liquid smoke, an overnight bathing in the fridge and then a long, slow sojourn in the oven, wrapped in banana leaves. Served shredded w/sauce on the side. Plus mac salad and whatever the other folks bring. Gonna soak a bunch of chicken legs/thighs in a spicy-oil mixture and cook them on the grill too. And probably drink a bit.

              Then on Sunday we're going to the LA Times Food Festival. And on Monday I'm going to go lie down.

              1. Going (truck) camping at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Have been scrambling to get everything ready and find all of the gear.

                Not too chowish - but I'm ready for a break out of the heat. Fresh veggies on skewers w/ pasta. Breakfast burritos w/ eggs, cheese, grilled onions, etc. Going to try grilled bananas cuz' I got 'em and they need to be eaten up.

                Have a great holiday weekend, CHers!

                1. We finally have our plan in gear. It is as follows...

                  To warm up:

                  Eggplant caviar with levain toast
                  Assorted cheese and olives
                  Crudite with hummus

                  The main event:

                  Pulled pork sandwiches on cream rolls
                  Bradley Ogden's baked beans
                  Coleslaw with lime and cilantro
                  Corn on the cob

                  After we unbutton our pants:

                  Refrigerater dessert
                  Assorted cookies (gingersnaps, baci d'amis and cornmeal fregolatta)
                  Plum ice cream

                  Not exactly sure what the refigerator dessert will be. My friend from the mid-west is bringing it, and it's always something comforting and sweet which usually does not require many teeth.

                  There will be prosecco, and the usual beer and wine. Sparkling lemonade for the teenagers, and coffee for everyone who's driving home.

                  Wishing everyone a safe, peaceful and lovely Labor Day weekend!