Ready, set … grill!

Don’t have a grill? The Bywater (pictured) does. Located at 796 Riverside Dr, the riverfront bar will be open on the 4th, featuring live music, a pillowfighting championship and a few grills on which you can toss your burgers (or seitan). Photo by Jonathan Welch

Ready for a smoke-and-fire-filled Fourth? There's nothing quite like revving up the grill for what feels like the semi-official start of the high-summer season. There's something primal and utterly satisfying about cooking over open flame. Food cooked outdoors, however, does not need to be limited to burgers and dogs. Stumped about how to make a gourmet meal on the grill? We talked to three local open-air cooking fanatics about their tips for this big barbecue season. Read on.

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