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The Ultimate Labor Day Weekend Backyard Cookout Menu

If you’re cooking this weekend, we have a great menu inspired by the best dishes from local restaurants

Learn how to make the perfect burger from a chef who makes one of the city’s best for your backyard barbecue this weekend. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Nothing celebrates the end of white-pants season like a Labor Day cookout, so why not let your favorite local restaurants help with the menu? We scoured our Recipe Sleuth files with a backyard feast in mind, and put together a lineup that’s a little retro and a lot of fun.

If you’re planning on a big get together, many of the items like the punch, deviled eggs, and corn dogs can be prepped in advance and finished or assembled the day-of. Headed to a potluck? Whip up Justin Bittner’s buttermilk pie—one of our favorite items at Bar Pilar in this year’s Cheap Eats—for a surefire crowd pleaser.

Labor Day Backyard Cookout

Drinks: Hank’s Oyster Bar Church Lady Punch

Appetizers: Firefly’s Deviled Eggs and ChurchKey’s Shrimp Corn Dogs

Main Courses: Michael Landrum’s Perfect Hamburger with a side of Jack Rose’s Cole Slaw and Vidalia’s Mac and Cheese 

Dessert: Bar Pilar’s Buttermilk Pie

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