It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m sure the plans we all have this year are looking quite different from past celebrations. Every Labor Day, we attend a big potluck picnic at an apple orchard. It’s always a much anticipated day filled tons of food, great music, and dancing…but not this year. Everything that makes the day so special to us-visiting with friends, eating our way through the buffet line, and clogging on a packed dance floor…are all not allowed in these Covid restricted times. It also means I won’t have the boxes of BBQ leftovers coming home, so I may just have to make extra.

So this year just like Memorial Day and the 4th of July, we will be grilling and it will just be the two of us. We will make the most of it and you can bet I’ll be looking forward to the leftovers.

Here are some of my favorite leftover BBQ recipes so you can make the most out of your holiday, too!


Corn Simple Syrup Bourbon Cocktail
Corn Simple Syrup Bourbon Cocktail

Everything from bourbon cocktails to BBQ sauce, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of every part of the corn-silk, husks, and cob. Get all my corn uses here.


Leftover Baked Bean Gazpacho
Leftover Baked Bean Gazpacho

Everything from bean burgers to bean gazpacho, will make you happy that there is no such thing as a small pot of beans. Find leftover baked bean recipes here.


Watermelon Rind Granita
Watermelon Rind Granita

Everything from French toast to granitas, you’ll never throw away the rind again. For me, it also wouldn’t be a grilling holiday without my all-time favorite grilling addition-watermelon rind cole slaw! Here are all the rind recipes..

Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: As always any leftover questions you may have send them my way. There are so many delicious ways to use up BBQ leftovers.

BBQ Leftovers

Keep in mind BBQ leftovers make easy Mexican dishes-think tacos, nachos and quesadillas. Leftover BBQ meats are a quick win stuffed in a potato. I love BBQ pork with black beans in a sweet potato. Have leftover BBQ pork and cole slaw mix? Make BBQ Pulled Pork Soup.

FOOD FUN: It’s gonna be hot standing over the grill, so cool off with a spicy summer mule.

Happy Labor Day Cheers!



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  • September 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Absolutely some great recipes! Love, love, love the watermelon rind coleslaw…we cannot get enough of this good stuff. Such delicious meals to be enjoyed and never throw leftovers out again.
    Happy Labor Day celebrated in a very different style….but the food is still sooooo yummy!!!!
    Including the Mule πŸ™‚


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