Happy Labor Day!

School’s out today and I’ve been taking it pretty easy. Usually I blog about a craft on the holidays, but this time, I thought I’d talk about why we celebrate Labor Day and then show you what I did today with my Dad……

Labor Day

I went to the History Channel.com and found an interesting article about why we celebrate Labor Day. You can read it here.  I had no idea that during the Industrial Revolution, “children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.”  Wow!  A lot of immigrants had to work in unsafe conditions for long hours every single day.  It seems that workers were not respected and in some ways were not treated very good. So Labor Day pretty much started in 1882 when 10,000 workers in New York took off work and held the first Labor Day parade.  Although I’ve never been to a Labor Day parade, every year we celebrate Labor Day with a barbeque.  A lot of my friends go to the lake.  I’m usually at home relaxing.  This year I decided to help my dad cook out.

He’s really particular about his grilling.  He preps the meat the day before and gets up early to smoke or grill for hours and hours. He’s always trying new recipes and techniques.  Since I didn’t want to get up at the crack of dawn (I did that all last week for school), I decided to help with grilling the corn.  I even took pictures!

Simple Grilled Corn Recipe

  1. Select nice corn on the cob
  2. Place unshucked corn on a hot grill.
  3. Close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes until the outside husk is lightly burned. (What I found amazing was the outside husk was burned but the corn was not).
  4. Shuck the corn, butter and salt to taste.
  5. Enjoy.

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I got my Dad’s recipe for simple smoked ribs.

  1. Salt and Pepper spare ribs, wrap in saran wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Smoke in smoker at 225 – 235 degrees for 7 hours.
  3. After the first two hours, spray ribs with apple juice every 45 minutes.

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