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    Rich Graham, Broil King Barbecues spokesperson, Q&A with the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance

    We sat down with Rich Graham, a spokesperson for Broil King Barbecues, to chat about one of our favourite summer topics: Barbecuing. Rich told us what prospective barbecue shoppers should be looking for in a grill, and why it’s worth investing in a natural gas-powered unit for your summer grilling needs. With ONGA and Broil King’s Canada Day barbecue giveaway contest coming to a close, here are some tips from Rich that barbecue aficionados everywhere can keep in mind as they celebrate with friends and family this summer.

    Q: What are some things prospective barbecue buyers should be keeping in mind when they go shopping?
    A: They should try to get the best possible quality of barbecue, regardless of their budget. You can get a well-built barbecue that performs for $199 just as easily as a $1500 barbecue that isn’t worth a hill of beans. Look for a cohesive cooking system – burners and vaporizers should work together to distribute heat evenly and it should have heavy cooking grids. Cast iron or stainless steel are both great. There are numerous bells and whistles to add after that, but a good cooking system is a must.

    Q: What advantages does Broil King have over other brands?
    A: Broil King Barbecues offer incredible cooking performance. We stake our reputation on that. You can get smaller, space conscious barbecues like our Monarch or spring for the Imperial XL with over 1000 square inches of cooking space. But you will always get the same great cooking performance from any Broil King. Our cooking system is designed for great performance – both high heat, and precise temperature control, and we make all of our barbecues in North America.

    Q: What are the advantages to using natural gas for your barbecue?
    A: Natural Gas makes life easy. You don’t have to worry about running out of propane and having to refill the tank at the most inopportune moment, i.e. when company is over for dinner, naturally.

    Q: What are some cool trends you’ve come across for barbecues? How are grills evolving and what can we expect to be standard in the next few years?
    A: Working in the barbecue industry for more than 10 years, the growth in overall cooking and barbecue knowledge has been incredible. Some things we have really enjoyed recently is the addition of a stuffed burger press in our accessory line, allowing you to put various toppings inside the burger. Mushroom and Swiss Cheese; Spinach, Sundried Tomato and Feta; Cheddar Cheese and Bacon; whatever you can come up with really. It’s an interesting twist on an old favourite. Other than beef, turkey and chicken burgers offer a wide range of flavour profiles to build on, too. Finally, finding a solid veggie burger recipe has been difficult, but there are some really good ones out there if you dig deep.
Another personal project has been finding a good way to get crispy skin on barbecued chicken wings. It turns out that dusting them with a mixture of baking powder and salt (10 parts powder to one part salt) and letting them dry overnight in the fridge really crisps the skin when you put them on the grill. It’s a healthy alternative to deep frying.

    Q: With summer now officially here, many will be curious about the best way to clean their grill after a long winter. Any tips?
    A: Seasonal cleaning is the most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your barbecue. Light your barbecue, leave the burners on high for 20 minutes. Take your barbecue brush (Broil King makes some fantastic stainless steel bristled grill brushes) and scrub the cooking grids clean on both sides. Remove them and set them aside safely. Then brush down your vaporizers. The preheating should turn any food debris or grease into ash making it much easier to clean. Finally, remove the vaporizers and brush down the inside of the cook box. Depending on the design of the grill, this ash debris may be easy to remove from a removable grease tray in the bottom of the grill, or you may need to let it cool completely and clean it up using an industrial vacuum or a delicately handled putty knife or small pan to collect the debris. This type of seasonal maintenance ensures your barbecue will perform ideally for a number of years. If you identify any damage, it’s worth stopping in to see your local barbecue dealer. Even if you don’t need parts, they will certainly have some new accessory items that might inspire you to cook something new and interesting, which is never a bad idea!

    Q: Any parting tips for our readers as they embark on another season of backyard barbecuing?
    A: The biggest thing I can encourage people to do is be safe when barbecuing. Food safety is easy if you take a moment to plan out how you will cook and serve a meal. A good food thermometer is incredibly valuable in determining when foods are cooked. Undercooked food is a leading cause of food-borne illness, and it’s so easy to avoid. Last, but not least, barbecuing is a fun way to cook. Get outside with friends and family, enjoy the summer weather, and fire up that barbecue!

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    Get grilling this summer with ONGA’s Canada Day Natural Gas Barbecue Giveaway!

    What better way than to spend Canada Day 2014 with a new natural gas barbecue!

    ONGA has one, courtesy of Broil King Canada, to give away to one lucky winner (a retail value of $799.99)!

    To enter, all you need to do is follow us @NaturalGas_ON, tweet one of the natural gas facts below and use the hashtag #CanadaDayBBQContest

    Get tweeting, and you could be grilling with friends and family on your own new natural gas grill this summer!

    For rules and regulations, please visit:  http://onga.ca/rules-regulations/

    5 Natural Gas Fun Facts:

    1. Natural gas is more than 60% cheaper than other fuels to heat your home and water. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    2. Compared to diesel or gasoline vehicles, natural gas vehicles produce up to 25% fewer emissions. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    3. By reducing emissions by up to 25%, natural gas vehicles help to reduce smog in our cities. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    4.  Access to affordable natural gas promotes economic growth in rural & northern Ontario. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    5. Compared to diesel and gasoline, natural gas vehicles reduce fuel costs by up to 40%.  @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


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    Affordable Energy Emerges as Key Issue for Ontario Election

    Natural Gas Critical to Province’s Economic Prosperity

    Toronto, Ontario, May 16, 2014 — With Ontarians heading to the polls in a provincial election on June 12, and affordable energy having already emerged as a key issue, the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance is providing a platform for voters to make their voices heard.

    The upcoming provincial election signals Ontarians’ chance to let elected officials know how important energy—and energy savings—are to their collective pocketbooks, says ONGA spokesperson Stefan Baranski. “Ontarians who don’t have access to natural gas need it to lower their residential energy bills. Moreover, our government needs to consider how fuels such as natural gas can lower greenhouse gas emissions while giving operators a distinct competitive advantage,” he says. “Natural gas enabled the province’s coal phase out and it is time we realized the fuel’s full potential to help us build a better Ontario.”

    To assist voters in communicating their concerns, a new online portal will offer an opportunity to connect directly to those vying for their vote. By visiting www.naturalgasnow.ca, voters can address the issue of affordable energy by sending letters directly to candidates in their local ridings.

    According to ONGA, natural gas’ clean and affordable attributes can play a pivotal role in three distinct areas:

    Natural Gas System Expansion
    While the fuel is often taken for granted in urban centres, the majority of rural and northern Ontario families and businesses are without access to natural gas. Due to a lack of infrastructure, less than 20 per cent of rural residents have access to natural gas, and instead must rely on oil, propane or electric heat for homes and businesses—all of which come at a significantly higher cost. “Not having the option for natural gas is a significant economic disadvantage for these communities,” says Baranski. “Government support is critical if we are going to be able to expand the system to include these communities and would result in immediate and significant savings on their energy bills.”

    Baranski adds that savings for businesses are even greater. Some medium sized commercial businesses would be able to save up to $15,000 per year by using natural gas.

    Natural Gas for Transportation
    The transition to natural gas vehicles could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, positively impacting Ontario’s environment. According to Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, the transportation sector accounts for the largest percentage of emissions in Ontario. Natural gas, meanwhile, provides a significant carbon advantage, with a 20-25 per cent lower rate of GHG emissions compared to traditional transportation fuels.

    Furthermore, with natural gas being up to 44 per cent less expensive than gasoline, and 45 per cent less expensive than diesel, the decreased costs would give operators a tremendous competitive advantage. “Integrating natural gas applications into Ontario’s transportation network will result in huge wins for Ontario, both economically and environmentally,” Baranski says.

    Ontario’s Economic Opportunity
    Natural gas-intensive companies in a range of industries including petrochemicals, mining, steel, and fertilizer production are seeking places to expand their existing production or create new operations and jobs. With natural gas prices up to three times more affordable, North America is a key area in their expansion search. An energy platform that includes natural gas gives industry all the more reason to establish and expand in Ontario. For places such as Ontario’s north, home to the Ring of Fire mining area, natural gas-fired electricity generation offers operators a scalable, rapidly deliverable way to meet their energy needs, without the requirement for new transmission capacity.

    “Ontario requires bold action with respect to its energy policy,” says Baranski. “And Ontarians understand just how important this issue is to create competitive advantage. It is time for all Ontarians to fully benefit from clean and affordable natural gas so we can build a better future for our province.”

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    About ONGA
    The Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA) is a partnership between two of Ontario’s leading natural gas distribution companies, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas. ONGA was created to help the public understand the vital role natural gas can play in Ontario’s future-forward clean energy mix. ONGA is dedicated to education around the many positive attributes of natural gas, including its affordability, cleanliness and potential to fuel an economic revitalization that will create jobs and expand Ontario’s economy.  For more information, please visit: www.cleanandaffordable.ca.

    For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

    PM Rendon
    DDB Public Relations
    416-972-7784 (direct) / 416-301-2391 (mobile) / paul-mark.rendon@can.ddbpr.com