4th of July grilling: What to cook, how to prepare it

Nathan Anda, of Red Apron Butchery, talks pork, beef and creative hot dogs for summertime grilling. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON — This year, July 4th falls on Friday, giving everyone an extra day to absorb all the festive parades, fireworks, baseball games and carnivals.

The long weekend also brings three days worth of excuses to fire up the grill, open a cold one and celebrate with friends and family.

If you need some inspiration for your cookout menu, Nathan Anda, of Red Apron Butchery, and Fiona Lewis, of The District Fishwife, have some advice on what to cook and how to prepare it.

The Classics: Hot dogs and Hamburgers

You can’t go wrong with the traditional spread of hamburgers and hot dogs, but you can dress these summertime staples up a bit. For hamburgers, Anda goes beyond conventional ground beef to create a rich and savory burger patty.

“We use a coarse grind of brisket, chuck, short rib, sirloin and round, so we call it

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