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Jun. 2011: BBQing Fathers

June 2011
Welcome Dads and barbecues. A combination for the ages. Alternatively a source of frustration, entertainment and, if we're lucky, food too. Some of us dads are pretty good at the grill. All of us think we are. We have to think that way. It's not something we can admit that we're not good at. "What me? No, I don't do the grilling - I leave that to the kids - their nimble hands are just so much better at it." Incomprehensible. And so, our families suffer through our burnt meals, our charred steaks and our endless fussing with the equipment (we do love the equipment). Then we puff our chests and take credit for feeding our families when everyone involved knows that it was someone else that did most of the real work to get the meal ready.  
We've asked some of you to send in your pictures of your dad and his barbecue and we got some doozies...  
  This is a classic (in other words, isn't the first time I've seen these expressions ;-) shot of my dad & brother, and the caption that comes to mind is: "Are you sure about this, Dad?" "Trust me, son". ~ Cynthia
 
If there's one thing my dad taught me, it's how to grill!! Well, he's actually taught me a lot more than that over the years, but it's definitely one of the tastiest skills he's passed on to me. I've attached a photo, circa 1983, taken when I was about 5 years old, of my dad and I grilling some beautiful steaks (look like t-bones) at our home in Calgary. As you can see, the lessons started early... and continue to this day. Just this past summer, we had a little friendly `rib' competition with our family. He stuck with his tried, tested and true BBQ rib recipe and I went with an apple smoked recipe. Although both were tasty, I went too much on the smoke side and he kicked my butt.... older was definitely wiser! ~ Craig  
   
  Susan sent in this picture of her husband (and father to her children) cooking his signature prawns - look at the size of those things! Susan follows us on our award winning (not really) Facebook page - you should too.

Barbecue Tipster  
Ok, dads, here's a great tip for you (again, at no cost to you): A rib rack makes a great cookbook holder. "What", you say, "a thing that already provides boundless positive energy by allowing us to cook more ribs at the same time, is also capable of further benefit? Impossible." Yep, it's true. Just as the plains Indians derived maximum utility from the bison, we can now benefit twice from one simple object. Available, of course, in all our stores. And, another tip; with spring "technically" upon us it's time to clean up around the backyard so that you maximize your grilling time. Here's how we've approached the spring cleaning this year:
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Gotta Have It  
Look, I realize that the sun has forsaken us forever. I also realize that our climactic future is full of nothing but cold, wet, apocalyptic 'seasons' that will make 'The Road' look like Sesame Street. But. But. But. If (big 'if') the clouds and rain ever do lift. If the sun ever does come out. If it actually gets...hot. Then you'll need an umbrella. And, oh brother, do we have umbrellas. We've got all kinds of colours, we've got all kinds of sizes. We've got umbrellas that stay still, we've got umbrellas that contort themselves and stretch out like a yoga instructor full of Percocet. So...'if' (there's that word again) it does get sunny - come and see us: we've got an umbrella for you.

Meet the Experts Meet Clinton. He's the one on the left in the Barbecues Galore jacket. His dad is on the right. Clinton has worked at our South Calgary store for years now. He's built an impressive collection of knowledge about all of our products but it's the hoses and fittings where he really shines. If you want a new hose for your natural gas barbecue, a new set of valves for your Weber or to hook your portable barbecue up to your RV - then Clinton's your man. Clinton is also a dancer! Look out ladies. He hits the ballroom floor at least twice a week and he strides the floor like a young Nureyev (or was that Khrushchev? ....wait, never mind - anyway, he's a good dancer). Clinton and his dad love to barbecue (of course). Clinton is currently cooking on a Napoleon with an infrared searing burner because, he says, he loves the caramelization that a searing burner gives you instantly. "If you're losing juices, you're losing flavour", is what he tells me. Clinton's dad is currently cooking on a Char-Broil which is why he and I don't speak to each other. Clinton's dad loves sirloin steaks. When asked, Clinton will tell you that his favourite thing to cook on the barbecue is pizza. In fact: 'cheese steak pizza'. Nice touch. Have I mentioned that Clinton is single? Once again I say "look out ladies".

Recipe of the Month SCALLOPS with GREEN CHILE SAUCE GREEN CHILE SAUCE Ingredients:
  3 Long Anaheim Peppers (jalapeno will do, not so hot)
  3 Green Onions
  1/4 cup Mayo
  1 tsp. Lime Juice
  1/4 cup fresh Cilantro
  1 Garlic Clove
  1/4 cup Sour Cream
  Zest from a Lime
  Pinch of Sea Salt
  SCALLOPS Ingredients:
  24 Large Scallops (1.5 oz each)
  Juice of 1 lime
  Zest from 1 Lime
  1/3 cup Barbecues Galore Rub (Cajun style)
   
  2 Tbsp Black Pepper
  2 Tbsp Hungarian Paprika
  1 Tbsp Dry Mustard Powder
  2 Tbsp Spanish Chili Powder
  2 Tbsp Onion Powder
  2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  1 Tbsp Allspice
  2 Tbsp Sea Salt
  20 Tbsp Brown Sugar (yep, lotsa sugar)
  1 Tbsp White Pepper
  2 Tbsp Cheyenne Pepper
  2 Tbsp Thyme dried
  2 Tbsp Oregano dried
Blacken peppers on BBQ.
Place in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, sweat off skins.
Remove skins and seeds, chop fine.
Chop very fine green onions, cilantro and garlic, combine with peppers.
Mix together with remaining ingredients. Your favorite hot sauce may be added to increase heat!
Wash Scallops, pat dry with cloth. Place in bowl, drizzle olive oil to lightly coat. Add lime juice and zest, mix. Add rub to lightly coat. Place on HOT BBQ, turning once. Should be 4 to 6 minutes total cooking time. Can check one by cutting open, should be opaque in the middle.
Top with sauce.

Ask Dr. McGrillemup  
Question: Dear Doctor McGrillemup, A man of your breeding, wisdom and good taste must have used a zillion different barbecue tools; which is your favourite. Curious, H. Fan Answer: Dear Fan, No question, my favourite is "The Clapper". It's durable stainless steel, quick to clean, easily picks up pieces of food from the grill and, best of all, looks like two cute little hands clapping. But, don't take my word for it; here's what one of our best customers has to say about The Clapper:  
Every time I use the Clapper to, eg, rearrange asparagus on the barbie I am struck by the brilliant simplicity of its design. ~ Ken
Testify Ken! Couldn't have said it better myself. And, for $6.99 all year long, it's about as good a deal as you'll find anywhere. Sincerely, Doctor M.

The World of Barbecue In this section of the Hot Line, we put information about the world of Barbecues as we see it. You can participate: send us a picture of you (or someone that you know) cooking outdoors and we'll send you a $25 gift certificate you can use in any of our four glorious retail outlets. Jack and his son were last year's winners in our iconic "Canada's Worst Barbecue Contest" last year. Recently he sent in some 'after' pictures for us so we can see how much happier he and his son are now that they have a decent barbecue. And look at those steaks! What do you say - best father ever?  
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This year's prize for our contest is massive: a Napoleon barbecue, a Napoleon firepit and a super-comfy set of Napoleon patio furniture. This package will turn your backyard into a seriously comfortable place for dad to be. And then, he'll be just as happy as Jack. Enter now.  
Last month we got a little behind in our installation of gas fireplaces in our Calgary stores. Two reasons: #1) our longtime gasfitter Phil left town to be with a lady he fell in love with in Ontario and #2) our gasfitter Gilles had a mishap on the hockey rink. For all you doctors in the crowd, I'm sure you can confirm for us that Gilles ankle and shin shown in the picture should both be pointing in the same direction - clearly they are not. He's fine now but he's not going to be beating anyone in a footrace for the next few weeks. No word on what his dad thought of this whole affair.  
 
  John in Calgary is showing off his Big Steel Keg (formerly known as the "Bubba Keg", soon to be known as the "Broil King Keg" - confused? Us too.) He may be showing it off because he knows these machines are really tough to get these days. We're sold out. We think we'll have some more by June 20 or so. In the meantime, go see John if you're hungry.

This Month's Winners  
Every single month, we randomly draw four winning names (one per store) from our newsletter mailing list. We only post the winning names below so you've got to keep your eyes peeled each month. If you win, you can claim your prize by stopping by the Barbecues Galore in your area with your photo identification. Congratulations to this month's winners of a grilling Dad's prize pack: Jay McDougall (Calgary South) Len Keeler (Calgary North) Melanie Van Der Deen (Burlington) Andy Sheremeta (Oakville)  

Next Month's Issue  
 
  Next month it will be July. That's a month that it's supposed to be warm outside. And so, we're going to be talking about grilling on the go. You know, al-fresco, the great outdoors, the teddy bears' picnic and all that jazz. If you have any tips, tricks or recipes that pertain to cooking with portable grills, send them into us in the next few weeks.

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