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Metro Detroiters Celebrate Holiday With Cookouts, Family And Friends

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LongHorn Steakhouse has launched a grilling helpline in time for the Fourth of July holiday. (File photo. Credit: Beth Fisher/WWJ)

LongHorn Steakhouse has launched a grilling helpline in time for the Fourth of July holiday. (File photo. Credit: Beth Fisher/WWJ)

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REDFORD TWP. (WWJ) - The nation is marking Memorial Day with somber ceremonies, flag-planting at cemeteries, and parades — but it’s also a day to gather with family and friends.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Beth Fisher spoke with people enjoying Monday’s gorgeous weather, cooking out in Bell Creek Park.

That included James Smith of Romulus, who claims friends call him “The Grill Master.”

“You know, I just get on the grill and just do my thing,” Smith said. “Right now we got some ribs, lemon pepper chicken — it’s actually pretty good; you should come back and get some — hot dogs, turkey burgers, you know, just your regular Memorial Day festivities, that’s all.”

He even had some shrimp grilling.

D’Andre Alford of Detroit, also celebrating at the park with his family, said “Pit Master Mack” was manning the barbecue for his group.

“Just some dogs, ribs, sausage, chicken…a party platter, pretty much!” Alford said, adding that he had no complaints about the weather.

“Oh, yeah, it’s very beautiful,” he said. “It’s hot and breezy, so…a perfect day for grilling.”

Before you put your meat to the flame, Johnny McGee, a cook at Bert’s Marketplace in Detroit’s Eastern Market, says follow these tips for meat that’s lip-smacking good.

First of all you have to season your meat, clean it real good, and marinate — that’s very important,” he said. “Of course a pinch of salt, pepper, seasoning salt…garlic powder is very important.”

Which side dishes would go well with your Memorial Day feast?

“That’s easy,” McGee said. “Potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans.”

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