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The Hot Line April 2013 | Signs of Spring

Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of Spring
April 2013
In the face of cold spring weather, we here at BBQ-HQ keep our collective eyes peeled for any signs of spring. A robin? Not yet. A lifeless gopher caught, mid-highway, unaware, as if heedlessly texting? Not yet. The tangy, beefy scent of spring's first grilled burgers making its way across the neighbourhood's collective airspace? Not yet. No signs. But, believe us, spring is coming.
Speaking of signs, we have a shiny, new, electronic sign in front of our north Calgary store. (A few of you may remember that some jackanapes behind the wheel of a skeezy delivery truck drove into our old sign some months ago thus provoking our digital upgrade.) Calgary taxpayers take comfort in the fact that three days after activating the electronic sign we were cautioned by a bylaw officer that we were cycling our electronic messages too quickly. We were changing messages every three seconds. Turns out, the maximum speed is every four seconds. He clocked it. We have now, with hearts full of guilt and shame, brought our sign into compliance. Major civic disaster averted. Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of Spring
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Our Burlington staff react to being told they have to move Muskoka-saurus inside. Like a wild animal forced to live in a cage...
Sign news from Burlington too: our giant red chair (affectionately known around the neighbourhood as 'Muskoka-saurus') has been declared 'a sign' by the city of Burlington. You see, somebody complained to the city about the chair on our boulevard (see our facebook page to see how some other Burlington residents feel about said complainant). As a consequence of this complaint, the Burlington bylaw officer insisted we remove the chair from our outside property because it is an 'offensive sign'. And so, Muskoka-saurous is inside now. Staring out the window at the environment he was built for. Tears of recycled, red plastic pour down his all-weather cheeks.Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of SpringLike our anonymous, Burlington complainant knows well: signs are everywhere. Even when they're not obvious to everyone. So, keep your eyes peeled – signs of spring are eminent.

Barbecue Tipster
Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of Spring When you've got meat grilling on the BBQ, don't be needy (trust us, it's not a good look on you). Leave it alone so it can properly cook; don't poke it, don't prod it, just let it cook!Over attending to meat can end up leaving it dry, as too much flipping or poking will only release the juices; flipping the meat once or twice should do the trick.

Gotta Have It
New for us here at Barbecues Galore is the 'JDRF Brush'. This sleek, silicon beauty is only $3.99 and, for every one we sell this year, we are going to donate $1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. As you know, a silicon basting brush is a wonderful grilling tool. You can apply sauces and glazes without worrying about the heat melting your brush AND, you don't have to worry about bristle hairs relocating from the brush to your dinner. So, to review, you get a killer basting brush for a great price and the JDRF gets some much needed funds for the fight against the pesky diabetes. Good deal. Hurry in and buy some today (maximum of 500 per customer). Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of Spring
A reminder: every week during the grilling season, our stores have an essential barbecue accessory on sale for a ridiculously-low sale price. One product – for one week – for one unbelievable price. You can see what's on sale each week by visiting our stores or taking a quick digital trip to The Book of Faces where we sometimes post stuff that is super important (like pictures of cats posing near barbecues). This week, for example, we're featuring 'Doctor McGrillemup's Barbecue Tonic' which has been rumoured to cure most major grilling afflictions known to mankind. Usually a bargain at $6.99. This week, and this week only, $3.99. Barbecues Galore Hot Line - April 2013 Signs of Spring

Recipe of the Month
Grilled Spring Vegetables Serves 4Let's face it – we could all stand to eat a few more vegetables. This simple, tasty recipe will have you and your guests happily thanking mother nature for her broom closet. Ingredients:
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 6-8 carrots
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • Other vegetables, if desired (sliced peppers and asparagus work great)
  • Oil of your choice
  • Sea salt and coarse ground pepper
Step 1: Preheat grill to medium heat. Cut zucchini into 8 sticks. Score each stick horizontally along the fleshy part, and place on a double layer of paper towel; sprinkle generously with sea salt and leave for 10 minutes. Pat down the zucchini (removing excess water) with a paper towel.
Step 2: Place carrots in a shallow pot of boiling water; cook for about 5 minutes, or until slightly softened, and remove from water.
Step 3: Trim the top ends off of the onions, and then move all of the vegetables to a platter. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, and then brush with a silicone brush to distribute the oil and seasonings.
Step 4: Place the carrots and zucchini on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning a few times so the vegetables are evenly cooked. Cook the other vegetables, if using, at this point. After all of the veggies have been removed from the grill, cook the green onions for a minute or two. They will wilt and brown very quickly, so keep an eye on them.
Step 5: Transfer grilled vegetables to a dish and serve immediately.

Ask Dr. McGrillemup
Question: Dearest Doctor, I like grilling vegetables, but I really want to kick the spice up a notch. I've tried making Jalapeno Poppers, but when I try to stand them up on the grill, they just fall down. How can I make this work? Sincerely, Peter Pepper Answer: Dear Peter, Jalapeno Poppers are a tasty addition to any meal (or spring patio beers), so you may as well make them properly. Pick up one of our Jalapeno Popper racks, like the one in this recipe, and cook them with that instead. Just make sure you're careful when you're handling the hot peppers, and don't learn your lesson the hard way like this guy. Regards, Dr. McGrillmeup

The World of Barbecue
Derek in Ontario is serious about grilling. Weather is not a factor. He sent us pictures and a tasty review of his recent, snowy, 'Bisteca Toscano'.
In our corner of the world, we've just completed what we think is the largest display of gas fireplaces in Canada (if you know of a bigger display we'd love to hear about it). Come on into one of our stores and see the highest quality gas fireplaces available.
Here are a few of the legendary lunches we've had around our stores this past month:
Ainsley at our South Calgary store grilled some tasty Salmon.
Mr. Darcy (not the Pride and Prejudice Darcy – totally different – although, our Mr. Darcy can often be heard muttering: "She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me" when he's out at the bar. The ladies love that line. Love it!) Anyway, our Mr. Darcy grilled us some chicken and Caesar salad when it was his turn to cook lunch. Staff favorite.
Rodolfo at our Oakville store grilled veal shish kebabs on his fancy stainless steel skewers.
Krystin won the Barbecues Galore award for 'most menu items served at a single luncheon'. We don't have room here to list everything that was grilled but we can tell you that it involved yummy Tilapia Tacos.
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 jalapeno rack:Mike Breakspear (Oakville) Mike Money (Burlington) Kevin Oszust (Calgary South) Ian Ross (Calgary North)

Next Month's Issue
Did you know that May was "National Barbecue Month"? It is also "Celiac Awareness Month". Put those two special designations together and what do you get? You get a shockingly strong signal to grill more tasty, gluten-free meat. That's right, May is clearly a month to get outside and grill and we'll be full of new, tasty tidbits of bbq-info. See you in a month.

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