Here, Tim Love's best dishes to make for a Labor Day blowout.

By F&W Editors
Updated June 05, 2018
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If you asked Tim Love what you should make for a Labor Day bash, he’d probably say his “bad ass” spice rub. According to him (and F&W’s Justin Chapple, who put it to the test in this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips), it’s almost universally useful. You can mix it into chocolate, use it to rim a margarita glass, stir it into salad dressings—the possibilities are endless. But Love’s spice rub isn’t his only cookout-friendly recipe. Here, the Texas chef’s best dishes to make for a Labor Day blowout.

This fantastic recipe requires just four things: beautifully marbled steaks, canola oil, seasoning and fire.

These beef ribs—leftovers from the giant rib roast—are incredibly luscious. Chef Tim Love douses them in his sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce, then cooks them on the grill until they're crusty, sizzling and outrageously good.

These luscious ribs are crusty, sizzling and outrageously good.

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Love douses these luscious beef ribs in his sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce, then cooks them on the grill until they’re crusty, sizzling and outrageously good.

For charro—a Tex-Mex take on pork and beans—the beans are served whole in a spicy broth.

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Tim Love freezes all kinds of cocktails on sticks for backyard parties, but his cucumber-mint version is especially good on a blazing-hot day. To prevent the pops from melting too quickly, he adds gelatin to the mixture.

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Love freezes all kinds of cocktails on sticks for backyard parties, but his cucumber-mint version is especially good on a blazing-hot day.

Whether you're looking for delicious side dishes or ideas for vegetarian mains, throwing veggies on the grill is always a great idea—and Dad will agree. With everything from grilled potato salad to flavor-packed corn on the cob, these recipes are sure to be Dad-pleasers. Here, grilled vegetable dishes that Dad will love.
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“If it were up to me, I would throw everything on the grill,” Love says. Case in point: He cooks tomatoes and scallions over a hot fire for a simple salad flavored with a little lime juice and crumbled cheese.

Cooking an eight-pound fish might sound intimidating, but it’s surprisingly fast and simple.

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Love overstuffs his quesadillas with delectable braised pork and sautéed onions and peppers, then goes (almost) over-the-top by smearing the tortillas with soft, tangy goat cheese.

Yuca, a starchy root that grows in very warm climates, makes supercrunchy chips.

9. Smoky Barbecued Chicken
Love brines the meat so it’s seasoned throughout, then grills it near smoldering coals. The result: the best barbecued chicken F&W has ever run.