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Jul. 2011: Portable BBQing

June 2011
Welcome  
Happy July! Have you been grilling all your meals lately? Breakfast, lunch and dinner? Remember that feeling you had this past fall/winter when you thought "Golly, I'd really like to go outside and grill a steak but, since it's minus five billion Celsius and my barbecue is covered in 16 feet of snow, maybe I'll have some more pasta"? Remember that? Sure you do. So, now that it's at least above zero - get outside. Grill everything. Meat, vegetables, cheerios - the works.  
 
  And, grilling shouldn't stop once you leave your backyard. Now more than ever, there is a whole raft of grilling products that make it easy for you to grill on the go. Outside of a cold, boring sandwich and a bag of trail-mix, grilled grub is easily the most portable cooking method going. I can guarantee you it's a whole lot easier than picnicking with your microwave oven. Whether you prefer the convenience of portable gas grill or you're a traditionalist looking for the true charcoal experience, it's all possible.
 
In just under a month we will be announcing (to a no-doubt absolutely breathless world) the winner of our eighth annual "Canada's Worst Barbecue Contest". To date we have received fewer entries than ever. That's puzzling to the great minds we have assembled here at BBQ-HQ because - we have the most heavily awesome prize package ever assembled. It includes everything you see in the picture above (well, not the pretty lady - we're generous but we're not stupid). This year the winner will receive:
  • A Napoleon P450 stainless steel grill in their choice of propane or natural gas. This is one of our most popular barbecues. Made in Canada, rugged components, lots of heat.
  • A Napoleon patio flame firepit AND a granite topped patio table to put it in.
  • Again from Napoleon, a set of uber-comfortable, high backed patio chairs and matching ottoman.
That, dear readers, is a backyard prize package worth about $4,700. It will turn just about anyone's backyard from dreary to cheery. So, get out your digital camera, snap a few pictures of the old, lurching, greasy disaster you call a barbecue in the backyard and win yourself a backyard that all the neighbours will envy.

Barbecue Tipster  
Tip #1: Keep foods warm at a picnic with rock salt. Heat the rock salt (you'll need lots) using your barbecue before you cook your food. Then, when finished, put your hot food in a smaller bowl in a larger bowl of heated rock salt. Should keep your food warm for 1-2 hours. (Full disclaimer: I've never actually tried this as I don't have a salt mine in my basement but it sounds cool. Give it a try and send us a note/picture to let us know if it works.)  
Tip #2: Sure, you can muck up your inbox with daily updates from Groupon, Wagjag, Scroogenews and Cheapmonkey in an effort to track down the best deals of the day. Or, you can visit our facebook page. Ever week, we slash the price of some essential grilling tools down to a ridiculous price. Then we give you seven days to get into the stores and load up. Last week, we had a beautiful ten inch cast-iron frying pan ("small enough for cooking, heavy enough for bashing zombies") on sale for $7.98. This week, we're featuring a gourmet, silicon basting brush for half price.
 

Gotta Have It  
The Cobb
The Cobb is, in our opinion, the world's best portable charcoal barbecue. I realize that, for some people that's like saying "the world's best brassiere for bulls" BUT, for some of us hardcore charcoal folks - this kind of stuff is important. Designed in South Africa to take advantage of an overabundance of corn-cob charcoal (get it? "Cobb"?), this lightweight little machine performs like a champ. Incredibly fuel efficient, lightweight and very easy to clean. With this little guy you will definitely impress at your next picnic.

Meet the Experts  
I'm sure all of you have been to our youtube channel right? If you haven't - you should: it has recently been described as "riveting". As proof here is a short video of our new mascot. A bobble headed chick that Jim bought at a garage sale. Remember, if you watch this, it is exactly ten seconds of your life you will never get back.  

Recipe of the Month CHICKEN SATAY with PEANUT SAUCE PEANUT SAUCE Ingredients:
  1/2 cup peanut butter
  1/2 cup coconut milk
  2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  Zest from 1 Lime
  1 Tbsp Sriracha (garlic-chili sauce)
  1/2 cup fish sauce
  CHICKEN SATAY Ingredients:
  Bamboo or metal Skewers (if bamboo, soak in water for awhile so they don't burn so easily)
  4 Large Chicken Breasts
  1 Tbsp Sriracha (garlic-chili Sauce)
  1/3 cup Peanut Oil
  2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  1 tsp. ground Coriander
  1 tsp. ground Cumin
For the peanut sauce: Combine ingredients in a sauce pan, heat on low, stirring frequently until smooth and blended. DO NOT BOIL. It only has to be warmed up.
For the satay: Slice chicken so that it is skewerable (see what I did there - I made up a word. Go ahead you can use it. It's free. Consider it a gift).
Combine peanut oil, fish sauce, sriracha, coriander, and cumin to be used as marinade.
Place into plastic bag, pour in marinade, mix well and marinate 4 hours or overnight. Thread the chicken onto skewers.
Preheat BBQ on high, place skewers on grills.
Cook until meat is firm to the touch.
Serve with lots and lots of peanut sauce (and maybe some yummy ground peanuts if you have some).

Ask Dr. McGrillemup Question: Hi Doc, We are in the witness protection program (long story) and travel with our RV a lot. We'd like to plug a portable barbecue right into the quick disconnect in the RV but can't figure it out. Can you help? Regards, S. Kwatch Answer: Dear S, We get that question a lot around here. The challenge is that the gas flow in an RV is regulated at the tank once already. So, if you plug a portable barbecue with an existing regulator into that system it will be doubly-regulated and will not have enough pressure to work. So, you need to use the Broil King Porta Chef barbecues as they have a regulator that can be easily removed. Then you replace the original hose with a gas hose and a female quick disconnect that can plug into your existing RV system. Easy. We've got all the gear to keep you travelling. Sincerely, Doctor M.

The World of Barbecue Lots and lots of activity around our stores these days....  
  Brian who makes some amazing barbecue sauces under the "House of Q" banner will be at our North Calgary store doing a grilling demonstration on July 16th between ten and two. This will be a tasty event - come and check it out.
 
  Do you remember our gas fireplace installer Gilles and his pretzel leg from the last month's newsletter? He's up and around and feeling a lot better. So good in fact that he's hauling pike out the water while wearing his Barbecues Galore hat.
 
  We've got a great selection of firepits (both wood and gas) in stores now but they're moving quickly. Hurry in for the best selection before winter's, soul-sucking grasp shows up again in a few short months.
 
  Our staff are looking forward to our annual Stampede breakfast - breakfast meat!
 
  A group of us from Barbecues Galore went to the Valor fireplace factory in North Vancouver a few weeks back. In this picture you see us learning about the rigorous testing procedures each and every fireplace is put through.
 
  In this picture you see us learning firsthand about the incredible comfort provided by Valor's radiant heat.
 
  In this picture you see us learning about spending a lot of time together in a small boat.
 
  Here we are learning about beautiful sunsets and the slightly worrying length of Paul's arms.
 
  We learned a lot about Valor and its staff on this trip... the best gas fireplaces in the world today as far as we're concerned. And that's NOT just the booze talking.
 
  Just this week we finished putting a Valor into our friend Tony's basement. Turned out beautifully and will keep Tony warm as toast all year long.
 
  Jojo's Bbq wagon is up and running in our North store parking lot. Tasty brisket, pulled pork, garlic fries and more. Slowly cooked with lots of time and love. Come and check it out.
Send us a picture of you using your barbecue and we'll send you a gift certificate for $25 that you can use in any of the stores in our massive, world dominating retail chain. That's like...free money.

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 camping prize pack: Sharon Killi (Calgary South) Hing Ngo (Calgary North) Sarah Hefford (Burlington) Holly Levesque (Oakville)  

Next Month's Issue  
Next month we're grilling fruit. See you then.

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