The Ultimate Summer Send-Off: Your Labor Day Cookout Menu

Before it's too late, live it up over the long Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of summer with our favorite cookout-ready recipes.
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Unless you've shielded your eyes from your calendar at all costs (we don't blame you), you know September is approaching — and fast. No matter how many beaches you've hit, parks you've sprawled in or weekend trips you've taken, we can guess there's one summertime tradition you still haven't gotten enough of: the outdoor cookout. Before it's too late, live it up over the long Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of summer with our favorite cookout-ready recipes.

Even if you think that burgers have no season, you can bet that they taste better fired up on a hot grill (while you're in your bathing suit ... with a cold beer in your hand). Go big over Labor Day weekend with Trisha Yearwood's  Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, which trade the usual slice of cheese on top for a molten, gooey and cheesy center.

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Anna Williams

You can take a heaping scoop out of a jar of tomato salsa literally any day of the year, but making Trisha's  Watermelon Salsa, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a much more pressing assignment. Each scoop boasts morsels of the juicy fruit, plus bites of cucumber, jalapeno, mango and more.

Count how many people will be at your cookout, and that's how many ears of corn you'll want to buy. You could nibble corn off the cob that's just been brushed with butter and sprinkled with salt, but Marc Murphy's  Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Butter and Cotija Cheese screams summer celebration with every bite.

Creamy Cole Slaw; Bobby Flay

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Tara Donne

The glory of a crazy-simple side dish is something that shouldn't be underestimated, especially when you're cooking on your day off. Bobby Flay's classic  Creamy Coleslaw is just that, but your guests will think of it as a fresh, crunchy dose of refreshment.

Food Network Kitchen’s NoChurn Vanilla Ice Cream as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Matt Armendariz, 2015

If you haven't taken a stab at making your own no-churn ice cream yet, what's stopping you? Our easy recipe for  No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream takes just four base ingredients (and no special equipment), and your guests will be astonished that you made it yourself.

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Tara Donne

Before the sun sets on another summer well spent, clink glasses filled with this boozy Tropical Temptation cocktail. It tastes like summertime in a glass.

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