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
Lion Premium Grills – The Flame Tamer Breakdown
What is a Flame Tamer Used For?
Flame Tamers tend to be an overlooked yet vital piece of any gas BBQ grill. Flame tamers are essentially a barrier between the cooking grids and the burners of the grill. These shields provide a handful of extremely important functions; first off, they protect the burners themselves from the majority of grease, oil, fats, marinades that seep through the grids, and various other drippings created during the grilling process. Why is this important? Well, for a few reasons. The burners themselves can be damaged or have their functionality severely impaired if they come into contact with these drippings. If this stuff touches the burners, the most likely result will be flare-ups, which, while not only potentially very hazardous to whomever is working the grill, will also impact whatever is being grilled. A shoddy flame tamer system can be extremely detrimental to the grilling experience, leaving one with unevenly cooked food, scorching or burning, etc. Flame tamers are also responsible for aiding in creating a more even transfer of heat across the entirety of the grill. Excess drippings will catch on the tamers and burn off, enhancing the overall flavor of whatever is being grilled. At Lion we have a standard stainless steel flame tamer and an upgraded version that is vented and also contains Italian ceramic heating tubes; this tamer is top of the line!
What Makes the Vented Flame Tamer With Ceramic Tubes Superior?
Now that we have the basics of what constitutes a flame tamer and why they are so important to the functionality of your BBQ grill, let’s take a look at why our vented flame tamer is so good. It meets all the requirements that we have in place for creating a quality product: the vented tamer is constructed from 304 16 gauge stainless steel, the ceramic tubes are crafted from the finest materials, etc. We took painstaking care to make certain this flame tamer lived up to our standards. You can tell that these are high quality, as they even have that “feel” of something high-end. The flame tamer has a heaviness and sturdiness to it that speaks to the care taken when constructing this product. There are also other reasons why these flame tamers are heads and shoulders above the rest of the competition.
40% More Surface Coverage
Our Vented Flame Tamer with Ceramic Tubes is a full width flame tamer that stretches out to cover much more real estate than your standard flame tamer. The extra coverage provided results in an even greater amount of protection provided for the burners which means minimizing any flare ups, maintaining the integrity of your burners, and retaining even, precise heat distribution across the grill surface. All of this results in an easier, better cooking experience.
Intense Radiant Heat
As you can see by the picture above, each flame tamer tray houses 17 high performance radiant heat tubes crafted from Italian ceramics. This provides for 100% radiant heat, which allows for an incredibly even amount of heat distribution. The ceramic tubes will also catch any drippings and convert them to smoke which results in tastier food. The difference when grilling with these flame tamers is immediately apparent.
What Materials Are Usually Used to Craft Flame Tamers?
When it comes to flame tamers, the materials used to construct these grilling products tend to be one of two options: steel or ceramic. Stainless steel tends to be more popular, but some manufacturers use porcelain coated steel instead, which is far inferior to the stainless variant. When speaking about stainless there is also a wide variation in the grade of stainless steel used, from low grade, cheap stainless like 430 grade which will promptly rust with even the briefest exposure to the elements, to high grade, rust resistant 304 grade which we at Lion Premium Grills utilize. The other alternative is ceramic. Usually the ceramic element is housed in a steel tray or holder where the ceramic briquettes or rods are held in place. Ceramic tends to be more fragile than stainless steel but it also tends to impart better, richer flavors when used to grill with as well as being easier to use for even heat distribution. Our top of the line vented flame tamer utilizes Italian ceramic tubes, which are held within a 16 gauge stainless steel tray. The best of the best.
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
Lion Premium Grills – Enhance Your Experience With the Charcoal Tray
Our Lion Premium Grills Charcoal Tray is exclusively designed for use with our line of luxury built-in gas BBQ grills. Adding this tray to your unit completely expands the grilling possibilities, adding the much desired need to utilize charcoal with our grills. Multi-purpose and multi-faceted, our Charcoal Tray will greatly enhance your grilling experience with Lion Premium Grills. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to set up and grill with our charcoal tray.
About the Charcoal Tray
We are extremely proud to present one of our favorite grilling accessories — the charcoal tray. The benefits of using our charcoal tray are enormous to say the least; you can instantly enjoy the trademark smokey charcoal flavor profile regarding anything you feel like grilling but on the comfort of your Lion BBQ gas grill. Lighting the grill requires no messy lighter fluid either; you just use the burner of your grill.
The charcoal tray is constructed from high grade, heavy duty 16 gauge 304 stainless steel that is dual-lined and naturally rust resistant as well as being extremely durable. Our tray is made to withstand consistently high grilling temperatures. Any ash conveniently collects in the bottom of the tray, making for easy clean up and disposal. If you love the grilling properties of charcoal our charcoal tray will expand your grilling possibilities by tenfold. This accessory is one all of us at Lion Premium Grills considers an absolute must.
Welcome to the set-up and installation guide for your Lion Premium Grills Charcoal Tray. The process is really quick and easy but our step by step breakdown makes it even easier. You’ll be up and grilling with charcoal on a luxury built-in grill in no time! Starting things off, simply open up your grill hood and carefully remove the grill grate. Underneath you’ll see the flame tamer. Remove that as well.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Two
Welcome to the 2nd step of the installation guide for the charcoal tray. After having removed the grate and flame tamer, you can now insert the charcoal tray in the now open space of your BBQ grill. It should be easy to just drop into place and move on to the third step of the process.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Three
Now that the tray is laid in place you can now prep it for your impending grill session. At this point, you can grab your charcoal and place it evenly in the charcoal tray itself. The three evenly placed rows of charcoal briquettes that you can see below is a perfect method of placing the charcoal for your grilling purposes in this instance.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Four
At this point, we are almost ready to get to grilling with charcoal. It is recommended that you do not ignite the grill just yet. Make sure to place the grill grate into place over the charcoal tray. If the grill does happen to already be lit, be sure to use a spatula to position the grill grate back into place. You also want the grate into place before igniting the grill so that the grate can also pre-heat.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Five
This is a quick and easy step. You are now ready to ignite the grill and prepare for cooking! Go ahead and turn the burner on to full flame to ignite the BBQ grill and subsequently, the charcoal in your charcoal tray.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Six
Charcoal takes roughly 5 to 10 minutes to ignite. Once the charcoal itself begins to turn white, you may go ahead and turn off the burner on the grill.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Seven
At this point, if need be, use a spatula to move the grill grate to the side. Add more charcoal and make any adjustments if you need to and using the spatula, move the grate back into position.
Installing Your Charcoal Tray: Step Eight
After the grate is back into place, fire the grill up. Once the charcoal turns white, proceed to grill!