Lion Premium Grills Newsletter – No. 34, July 2016
All of us at Lion Premium Grills would like to welcome you to the latest installment of our monthly newsletter. This is our 34th issue and summer is in full swing. Being outdoors with your family and friends is a priority and implementing a very desirable BBQ island set-up is vital. It’s the perfect place to congregate and socialize and it is the perfect backyard centerpiece. Our grills, islands, and accessories are the perfect addition to any backyard.
In this issue we have quite a bit of content for all of you. Our monthly recipe features the incredible combination of grilled clams and lemon-shallot butter. We take an in-depth look at one of our most popular accessories — the double drawer and door combo unit. We also take a closer look at our cooking grates. There’s more including how to utilize direct and in-direct heat when grilling to maximize your grilling potential. As with all of previous issues, we hope you enjoy this one and we thank you for your interest and/or continued support!
Lion Premium Grills Featured Recipe: Grilled Clams with Lemon Shallot Butter
Welcome to this month’s featured grill recipe! This month we have a recipe that is both delicious as well as incredibly easy to prepare — grilled clams with lemon shallot butter. Grilling clams is our favorite preparation method at Lion and it’s very easy to do as you’ll see below. Pair these with some white wine and crusty bread for an amazing treat. We hope you enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (4 Servings)
4 lbs of Littleneck clams
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons of lemon zest (finely grated)
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
2 tablespoons of chopped chives
One-half cup of unsalted butter
One-half of chopped fresh shallot
Basil and parsley leaves
First off, we’ll start off by preparing our clams. You can use another variety but we like using littleneck clams. Turn your Lion BBQ grill on and pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat. Once your grill has reached the desired temperature, place your clams directly on the cooking grates. After roughly three to five minutes they will begin to pop open; once they do they’re ready. Place them in a large bowl once they pop open during that particular time frame. Set them aside and begin your lemon-shallot butter preparation.
This, much like prepping the clams, is very quick and easy to prepare. Take your unsalted butter, parsley, chives and chopped shallot and mix them together in a bowl. Add your lemon zest and continue to mix. Once you’ve fully mixed this, season with salt and pepper. Add this mixture to your bowl with the grilled clams. Toss the lemon shallot butter with the clams, generously coating the clams with the butter mixture. Garnish liberally with your parsley and basil.
Lion Premium Grills: Taking a Look at Our Door & Drawer Combo
This month we are going to take a look at one of our most popular accessories — the Lion Premium Grills Door and Drawer Combo. Below we’ll delve into what makes this such a vital piece to any outdoor kitchen / bbq island set-up. Simply put, it’s extremely durable, sleekly designed, and greatly expands the functionality of any outdoor kitchen.
First off, our door and double drawer combo unit is constructed from dual lined 304 grade 16 gauge stainless steel. We continuously hone in on this fact, but it is one of the most important points that we like to stress about our products. It is the highest grade of commercial stainless steel, it is durable and resistant to rust, it looks impressive to the eye, and is anything actually more important than the very material that the product is constructed from? Lower grades of stainless steel are flimsy, will rust, and are susceptible to bending, warping, and other types of damage. Simply put, the difference in quality is immediately noticeable — there are no two ways about it. We take the utmost pride in the providing the user with only the best quality available.
Second, the functionality of this unit can not be stressed enough. The access door features a towel rack and the double drawers contain more than enough space to store any multitude of cooking accessories, tools, etc. The door has a magnetic latch to prevent any unwanted opening/door swinging, etc. The drawers featured polished handles. As you can see, the double drawer combo unit also looks beautiful; the 16 gauge stainless steel shines and shimmers, the handles are tastefully placed, and the door is adorned with a subtle Lion logo. This unit definitely pops visually speaking. As was mentioned previously, this is one of our most popular upgrades; the drawer access is a very big deal and provides a ton of added convenience and functionality.
“My husband loves his new outdoor built-in Lion BBQ grill! The lights in the unit are great. We definitely splurged on this outdoor set-up which was built into an existing chimney, but we’re going to love our outdoor summer cooking in beautiful San Diego … and never having to worry about running out of propane.”
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Lion Premium Grills: Cooking with Direct Heat vs Indirect Heat
We love to feature some useful tips about grilling methods and this month we’re going to quickly look at the primary methods of cooking using your Lion grill; being able to properly utilize both methods will greatly enhance your grilling technique and the quality of your food. Most people that have used a grill are familiar with direct grilling which is the best method to utilize when cooking steaks, fish, etc. Indirect grilling is a bit different but if you plan on cooking prime rib, roasts, etc. this method is a necessity. We have a short overview but it should provide a nice starter guide for each of these methods.
Cooking with direct heat is your basic grilling method that most individuals are familiar with; it is simply cooking your food directly over the fire. You should primarily cook with direct heat with the grill lid closed preferably, but it is possible to also use direct heat while leaving the lid up. Leaving the lid up will allow the food to cook thoroughly on only one side; closing the lid will allow a more even distribution of heat. Foods that benefit from high heat and are best with a nice sear on the exterior (steaks, burgers, etc.) are the best when utilizing this method.
When you grill using in-direct heat you are basically cooking with the fire located on one side of the grill with the food being located on the other side. You are not using a flame directly to cook your food; instead, once the lid is shut, you are using radiant heat to cook. This will extend the length of time to cook your food, but it will also allow your food to cook more evenly and prevent any burning or scorching. Large poultry and roasts are best when using in-direct grilling.
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“This is our first grill insert. We spent a lot of time looking both locally and online for a grill that wouldn’t break our bank account. After reading the reviews between this and other grills, we opted for this one based on the thermostat. We couldn’t be more pleased. We had an Amish man do the masonry work for our grill. He said this was a very high quality grill compared to the one he had installed just a week prior. It takes two guys to lift and place this grill (over 200 lbs). Love that it cooks evenly, cleans up great. We ordered the upgrade for the ceramic tamers. Definitely a step up from your standard BBQ grill, and can’t beat the price. This grill has it all! Customer service for this product was great. Free shipping and the BBQ gourmet package is a bonus!”
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