The History of Labor Day & Must-know Grilling Tips

Always celebrated on the first Monday of September regardless of the year we humbly welcome the day that honors the laborers whose names have long been forgotten while we graciously reap the benefits of their hard work. While the supposed 'father' of the day is disputed, the actual idea of celebrating labor had been tossed around since the early 1880s and probably long before then. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to recognize the day and by 1894 thirty states followed suit, closely followed by Congress making it an official federal holiday in the same year. Though in the 1930s several unions encouraged workers to go on strike to be sure they received the day off.

As 2021 draws to a slow close and the most popular holidays in the U.S. near I'm going to give you a few tips that made my life around the grill much easier.

1. Oil. Oil. Oil. You might not think you need it, but I'm here to tell you that you absolutely do especially when cooking lean meats. All you need is a vegetable-oil soaked paper towel and a pair of tongs, then procced to rub it along the rack. Do not use spray oil on a hot grill unless you'd like to shave a few years off your life and possibly receive a visit from your local fire station.

2. PLEASE scrape your grill and replace your grill brush often. There's nothing worse than a perfectly cooked steak tasting like the last thing you grilled and on top of that wire bristles sticking out from it. It's simple and easy to do, so long as you brush the rack while it's warm. 

3. Charcoal vs. Gas 100% a personal opinion. While gas burns cleaner and charcoal contributes to pollution, neither have been proven to be healthier than the other. I personally use wood chips for flavor but I do alternate between both charcoal and gas.