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Labor Day is a holiday held to honor the contributions and achievements of workers all over America and Canada. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September and in many other countries on May 1st.

Fun Facts on Labor Day:

  1. Labor Day is celebrated by most American’s as the symbolic end of the summer and start of the back-to-school season.

  2. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.

  3. 33 million America’s travel for the holiday, 85% of Labor Day travelers will travel by automobile

  4. In 1938 the first federally mandated minimum wage was just 25cents.

  5. Today minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25.

  6. 66% of American’s grill on Labor Day

  7. 66% of American’s choose burgers on the grill

Chemistry explains why grilling meat makes it taste so much tastier

  1. Even though gas grills are convenient you must use charcoal to get the perfect BBQ flavor. Charcoal has a compound called guaiacol which produces the delicious deep, smokey wood fired flavor we all crave.

  2. Another reason to use charcoal is when the meats juices drip onto the charcoal it develops more tasty compounds that float upwards and season the meat again with even more delicious flavor.

Click on the video to learn more on the Chemistry of Grilling!


Happy Labor Day Weekend!


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