Lion Premium Grills Newsletter – No. 48, September 2017
First off, we would like to welcome you to the September issue and 48th edition of our monthly Lion Newsletter! It’s unbelievable that we’re already in September, which means that the arrival of football season is here; this is one of the best times to hit the grill, whether that be in your backyard or if you’re going mobile and tailgating in which case our grill and grill cart comes in as the perfect solution. Grilling plays such an important part during this season as it acts as not only a great way to cook burgers, steaks, etc. but also as a great social tool; friends and family hanging outside around the outdoor kitchen / bbq island, conversing, relaxing, and just enjoying themselves.
This month, we have quite a few features lined up for your enjoyment. Starting things off, we have a look at the vital role that BTUs play in grilling and what the term means. We also have a mouthwatering grilled halibut recipe which is a favorite around the office that any seafood lover would undoubtedly love. Capping things off, we have an in-depth look at our flame tamers as well as our charcoal tray. To close things out, all of us at Lion would like to thank you for taking the time to check out our newsletter and products. We hope you enjoy and thank you!
Lion Premium Grills – BTU Breakdown
For this month’s issue we’re going to break down the ever vital BTU (British Thermal Unit): how it applies to grilling and the importance it plays when it comes to utilizing any type of gas grill. We hope you find this informative and useful now or in the future.
What is a BTU?
A BTU is an abbreviation for British Thermal Unit; as it applies to grilling it basically measures the total heat output generated by the grill itself and which is defined by the total amount of fuel consumed by the hour.
How is this important?
When it comes to grilling the total amount of BTUs generated will generally tell you the power level of the grill to a certain extent. For instance, our Lion grills are built with only the highest quality of stainless steel (16 gauge 304 grade) and are the heaviest in their class; the grill just feels extremely solid. What this means is that our grill will retain heat. Each individual burner on our Lion BBQ grills generates 15,000 BTUs and our infrared rotisserie back burner outputs an additional 15,000 BTUs. This accounts for our 32″ 4-burner L75000 model pushing out 75,000 total BTUs (w/ the back burner included) and our 40″ 5-burner L90000 model generates 90,000 total BTUs. This is extremely powerful and additional heat generation can be added with our searing burner.
So, what this all boils down to is that our grill is extremely efficient with heat retention which means that when combined with the overall power steaks, etc. can be effectively “seared” in a professional manner. The grill will heat up very quickly where as one with lower power will take longer to preheat; when it comes to actually cooking a perfect sear can be achieved with higher heat in contrast to one with lower BTU generation. Our grills are dense and heavy duty and built to retain the proper amount of heat (adjustable to the level that an individual desires) in addition to outputting a substantial amount of overall BTUs. When combined, you have a very impressive piece of equipment that covers all bases — grilling power, sustainability, and build quality.
Lion Premium Grills Featured Recipe: Grilled Halibut
For this month’s edition we’re bringing you this absolutely mouthwatering grilled halibut and chimichurri dish. Grilled halibut is consistently amazing and the addition of the chimichurri takes the dish to new and unexpected places. If you happen to enjoy seafood or fish at all, you will love this recipe. One of the best things about it as well is that it is really simple to make. We think you’ll really like this one. Enjoy!
Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 16-18 minutes (includes preheating time)
- 4 eight ounce halibut steaks (roughly 3/4 to 1 inch thickness)
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 3/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
Making the Chimichurri
To create your chimichurri you first need to add the full amounts of the following ingredients to a bowl: lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, chili flakes, shallots, 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 of a teaspoon of pepper, and 1 tablespoon of water. Whisk this together until the salt has fully dissolved in the bowl. At this point you may add in the 3/4 cup of chopped parsley. Let the chimichurri sit for approximately 15-25 minutes; you can let it go longer if you wish.
Grilling the Halibut
Prepare your Lion Premium Grill (32″ L75000 or 40″ L90000) by preheating the grill at a high temperature (not too hot, more of a “medium-high” heat). Take your halibut steaks and use a paper towel or something of that nature to first pat the fish dry and absorb any excess unwanted moisture. After doing this go ahead and brush your halibut filets with vegetable oil on both sides. Season the halibut with some salt and pepper to your preference.
At this point your grill should be ready; brush your grill rack with some oil to prevent sticking. Place your halibut on the oiled grill rack and close the hood or leave it open to cook (personal preference). Cook for a total of 8 to 10 minutes and make sure to turn the halibut over only once during the midpoint of the grilling process. Once the fish is cooked, plate it and add your freshly prepared chimichurri on top. Serve with any other preferred side dishes and vegetables. That’s it!
I Love This Grill
“Like a lot of other guys, I really love to be outside sipping on a cold one and firing up the grill. Well, my old unit was in need of replacement so I checked out a few different manufacturers and did a little homework on which would be suitable for my needs. There was a huge price gap between some of these companies, I know I saw a few gas grills hit over $5,000 just for the grill! That seems outrageous but I became concerned that maybe the difference in quality was that substantial. After a bit of looking around I settled on the Lion 40 inch grill with 5 burners. It had a good amount of positive feedback, looked great from the pictures, and seemed to be quite the powerhouse. I took my chances and ordered.
I have to say that I am super pleased with my decision, this grill is INCREDIBLE. It’s large and has a lot of space to grill on while packing very powerful heat generating burners. It looks beautiful and you can tell the stainless steel is high grade. I’ve cooked up some insane burgers, grilled some primo porterhouse steaks, and this grill never fails to deliver. Easy to clean too. Great job to Lion on this grill, I really love it.”
-Sam Jones, San Luis Obispo, CA – 40″ L90000 Grill
A grilled steak is my favorite thing in the world and I’ve always had a charcoal grill but I figured it was time to upgrade to something a little more pleasing to the eye that was also a top notch gas grill. I looked around and decided to order a L75000 grill from Best of Backyard after weighing my options. This one just seemed like the best fit, had impressive BTU output, looked great, and that’s what I needed. This grill is a powerhouse and I’m so pleased that I went with the Lion grill over the others. Super heavy duty to boot!”
D. Sanders - Tucson, AZ - www.bestofbackyard.com