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The Hot Line January 2014 Grilling with Coffee

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January 2014
WelcomeDid you hear that? It was the collective breath of people everywhere, letting out frustration anxiety in-law-induced stress turkey coma hangover shopping hell a sigh of relief now that the New Year has finally arrived.
It’s time to recuperate from all of the overindulgences (eggnog in your coffee, eggnog in your rum), and try to get things back to normal. In many cases, normalcy is easier to maintain with consumption of coffee. That’s right: coffee. It helps us get back in the trolley tracks of life (seriously addicted? Here. You need this t-shirt). Luckily, here in Calgary there are a ton of places to get a good cup of locally-roasted Joe. Caffe Rosso, Phil & Sebastian, Analog – and come on, as Canadians we’re certainly not going to turn down a double-double (man, we’re easy to please) at Timmy’s.Not too far from our Oakville store, ‘A Taste of Columbia’ (on Bronte near Lakeshore) serves a major-league cappuccino made using an oversized espresso machine that looks like it could jump-start the Millenium Falcon and still have enough energy to pop out a few tasty espressos. Highly recommended.
Yes, you enjoy drinking your morning mug of the good stuff, but maybe it’s time you tried grilling with coffee . The heady coffee flavour we all love is awesome when paired with spices and meat (or spiced meat from the Welshly Arms); it adds a beautifully smoky flavour, and of course a much-needed hit of caffeine to help you get your life back in order post-holiday season.

Barbecue Tipster  Coffee is delicious. It’s so much more than that, though. It’s a miracle maker. It’s straight up black magic. It also does a hell of a job cleaning your grill - maybe. According to lifehacker, all you’ve got to do is “dump a bunch of unused coffee into your grill for easy cleaning.” – I think we can all agree that dumping “a bunch” of coffee is easier than the kind of deep cleaning that more often than not involves an impressive variety of swear words and some elbow grease (and by elbow grease, we mean beer… beer to calm the nerves). As you probably know, we here at BBQ-HQ are firmly in the, ‘don’t bother cleaning your barbecue all that much’ camp, BUT, if you’re looking for new ways to degrease your grills – maybe this is for you. Check out the full how-to here.
From the Barbecues Galore Book Club files, this month’s book-tip is ‘The Coffee Trader’ by David Liss. A brisk novel set in 17th century Amsterdam (which, for those that don’t know, was a time period in Amsterdam when a ‘coffee shop’ actually sold, well, you know, “coffee”). It’ll teach you all you need to know about the workings of an early commodities exchange and will provide you with detailed descriptions of one man’s whirling entry into the world of over-caffeination. Best read (as shown) in front of a Valor fireplace.

Gotta Have It
We’ve tooted Stephen Raichlen’s horn in this newsletter once or twice before. We admire his focus on grilling and are genuinely impressed with the quality of the products he produces in conjunction with his best selling cookbooks. His ‘Java Rub’ is a well crafted blend of coffee, cocoa and other spices that will help with your coffee obsession. Try it on a pork loin. Yummy. In the coffee-vein, our Calgary stores also stock the ‘Java Buzz’ version of the ever popular ‘Char-Crust’ rubs AND Denzel’s Chipotle/Coffee barbecue sauce.

Recipe of the Month   Spiced Coffee Rub This recipe is really easy to throw together and tastes great on beef, chicken, or pork. One batch easily makes enough for about 6-8 steaks, so go ahead and store any leftovers in an airtight container for a couple of months; that way you’ll have it on hand for last-minute grilling. View this recipe on our website here. Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons fine ground coffee (freshly ground is best)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
 
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients. You’re not actually cooking with the beer, pictured, so much as just drinking it. Enjoy.
Step 2: Place all of your ingredients in a bowl. I know, it’s tough, but try your hardest.
Step 3: Use your fingers to mix the ingredients together. Really get in there and rub them between your fingers to break up the brown sugar, otherwise you’ll just have big clumps of sugar and spice – not so nice.
Step 4: Sprinkle the spice mix on the meat you’re cooking and rub it in. Rub it in good. Get in every nook and cranny, and make the rub become one with the meat. Ohhh yeah.
Step 5: Either let the meat rest with the rub on for up to 24 hours or grill it up right away.
Step 6: Dinner time!

Ask Dr. McGrillemupQuestion: Dear Dr. McG, I like the idea of using coffee in my grill-recipes, but I don’t have a regular coffee maker (the wife likes her one-cup-at-a-time-Keurig kinda machine) – do I have to use coffee grounds, or can I use an actual cup of brewed coffee as well? Sincerely, C. UppaJoe Answer: Hi there C, Great question! I really like to use coffee grounds in rubs for different types of meat. It adds a nice, deep, smoky flavour, and a different texture that works well with grilled meat. That said, brewed coffee (ideally really strong coffee) can be used in homemade BBQ sauces as well. Here’s an easy how-to. Sincerely, Dr. McGrillemup

The World of Barbecue
We have three Pauls working for us in our Burlington location. This is a picture of one of them grilling breakfast for the other two on our flat-tastic Chuckwagon Griddle.
 
Of course, coffee is also good for just sitting around and staring at your fireplace. Click here to see our engrossing video showing how we install a Valor gas fireplace insert.
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 Coffee Price Pack:Kelvin Thera (Calgary South) Peter Fifield (Calgary North) Ted Finn (Burlington) Mike Heim (Oakville)

Next Month's Issue
Did you know that February is ‘National Salt Plate Grilling Month” in Canada? Well, it isn’t. However, that is what we’re going to talk about here in The Hot Line next month. See you then.

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