Labor Day BBQ Recipe Ideas

On July 4th this year, I had a little party for some friends. So with Labor Day coming up, I thought I would give you all a round-up of food recipes I made for the party since everything came out pretty great! And they were all very simple things to prepare. I made the salad, the bellinis, chopped the potatoes, and made the BBQ sauce all the day before. The day of, I made the salad dressing, cooked the ribs and made the french fries.

I did a Cherry Tomato Salad with Everyday Salad Dressing from The Nourishing Gourmet. The salad was just chopped up onions, tomatoes, green onions, basil and a little salt.

Blueberry Bellinis.
I cooked down a cup of fresh-from-the-farm blueberries and added a tablespoon of rapadura sugar. Then I placed about a spoonful into each glass and filled it with Prosecco, or you can do it with champagne. These were very yummy!

I made french fries, fried in beef lard. I tried to save some time and skipped the boiling so the fries were not crispy, but they were very, very tasty! These cook very fast, so try to do this the very last thing. One of my favorite blogs has a great recipe for homemade ketchup.

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I did some frozen watermelon stars for the kids, which were a huge hit of course.

My friend brought a delicious dessert, but if she hadn’t, I was thinking about just doing a simple homemade whipping cream with berries. When I am doing a party, I don’t like to be overly ambitious with food, I like to keep things as simple as possible.

I made Baby Back Ribs for the first time, without knowing that I was going to have a master BBQ’er in my house. My friend’s husband is one of those guys who goes to BBQ contests and I had no clue. I gave her a hard time and said I would have made hamburgers if I knew beforehand! But he said he liked my ribs! I had cooked them at 375 degrees for an hour, but he told me to turn the heat down and cook them longer, so that is what I have listed below in the recipe.

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Baby Back Ribs and Homemade Healthy Mama BBQ Sauce


  • 4 pounds baby back ribs (2 racks)
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 12 ounces tomato paste


  1. Cut the ribs into serving sizes, 2-3 bones each
  2. Place the ribs into a large pot and submerge in water, cover with a lid
  3. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat
  4. Once the water is boiling, cook for 30 minutes, then drain
  5. While the ribs are boiling, measure the rest of the ingredients into a sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently
  6. Simmer until the onion is soft
  7. Preheat the oven to 275 °F
  8. Transfer the ribs to a baking dish, and pour over the sauce
  9. Cover with a lid or tin foil
  10. Bake for three hours or until done

 The sauce recipe will make enough for the ribs and extra. So I put 2 pounds of chicken thighs into two, one gallon freezer bags an poured about a 3/4 to 1 cup of the sauce in each bag and froze them for later use. Later I grilled the chicken and they were delish!

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Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day!

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