BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Labor Day is a bittersweet holiday for many of us. It’s the final bow of our summertime bliss, marking the end of the relaxed, leisurely summer pace. 

Labor Day is the only holiday that is not associated with conflicts, battles or is religious in nature. This holiday is devoted solely to celebrating the workers that have made this great nation strong, prosperous and solid. 

According to a document of an unknown author, "Some believe it was either Peter McGuire, of the Carpenters Union, or Matthew McGuire, a machinist, who first suggested such a holiday." In either event, he must have had barbecue on his mind. Probably no other holiday, with possibly the exception of the 4th of July is more barbecue eaten.

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Some of your favorite refreshments, several hours sitting around with friends and family and capping this off with a great meal cooked over the open coals (or even the gas grill) offers a great opportunity to enjoy friends, family, life and the great outdoors. 

A recommendation from grilling experts suggests cooking ribs with friends since it takes less time than doing a whole brisket, pork shoulder or Boston butt. 

TAP into Berkeley Heights is passing along the following country fair first place award winning recipe in the hope that it will make you decide not to put the grill away quite yet.

Labor Day Barbecue Sauce

4 cups ketchup

4 tablespoons salt

1/2 cup lemon juice

2 cups brown sgar

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 cup water

4 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons red pepper

4 tablespoons mustard

1 cup apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

Mix all together on stove in saucepan and bring to good boil. Reduce heat to simmer cooking about 5-10 minutes. You can put this up in jars (with rings and lids).