There’s a right way and a wrong way to chow down on Labor Day. This my Manly friends, is the right way.


Ahhh, Labor Day Weekend. The time of year when swimming pools, beaches and water parks wave the white flag of surrender, signaling the last official days of summer and the beginning of fall. It’s a time of somber reflection for those of us who work for a living and a not so subtle reminder that Summer Fridays and those unofficial three day weekends that come with them are officially over.

For those of us who paid attention in civics class, Labor Day is undeniable proof that, when We The People, rise up and put our minds to it, we really can make change for the better. Labor Day, after all, more than anything is a symbol of what it means to be a worker in America.

The birthplace of the 8-Hour Work Day. The 5-Day Work Week. And perhaps most importantly when it comes to what really matters when it comes to life, liberty and the pursuit of extracurricular manly pursuits – the 2-Day Weekend.

But enough about that. Let’s take a few minutes to ponder what Labor Day is really all about. Namely, the grub. Because, let’s face it, without the food, Labor Day (all the nostalgia and mythology associated with it, notwithstanding) would just be one more long, forgettable weekend that comes and passes before you know it.

No Labor Day end of summer bash is complete without some of/all of the following: Home-grilled burgers, hot dogs, sausages, bratwursts, barbecued chicken, ribs, brisket, shrimp, corn on the cob, potato salad, and just to give the appearance of including something in the neighborhood of being healthy – tasty grilled veggies. All washed down with your choice of ice-cold beer, wine, mixed drinks, iced tea, lemonade, soda or whatever pups your tent.

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? As well it should, chief. If you have any or all of the above victuals as a part of your Labor Day spread, congratulations, amigo. You’re not just good to go. You’re well on your way to make the most of this most special of summer days in the manner in which it was meant to be celebrated.


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