Welcome to Lion BBQ Direct by Best of Backyard! We’re bringing you a wonderful customer review today of the Lion Premium Grills 40″ L90000 gas built in BBQ grill. It’s a monster of a gas bbq grill, outputting 90,000 total BTUs. It’s constructed of high grade stainless steel, comes with flame tamers, heat diffusers, a drip tray, a rotisserie, a warming rack and tons more. It’s one of the best grills on the market today and one of the most competitively priced. Enjoy the review below!
“I have had the 40” natural gas grill (with rolling cart) for about 11 months in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The grill is extremely well made and the 5 burner x 40” length is very versatile. All the mechanicals are commercial quality. The lid is two layers of stainless steel that helps retain heat. After many more than 100 use cycles I see no visible evidence of problems. The grill thermometer “redlines” at ~550°, however I routinely take it to 650° for pizza. I also will occasionally run it to 700 to clean the stubborn accumulations on the grates and deflectors. At 700° the cooked-on grease turns to dust in about 45 minutes (for comparison my oven self-cleans at 1050°).
I grill at least 2x a week and often 4x or more, so I’d guess I’ve used the grill over 100x in the last year. I use several digital thermometers most of which come from ThermoWorks. I find the surface temperature of the Lion varies about 40-60° at the grates with the greatest delta occurring at mid-line with the high temp above the gap and the low temp over the deflector. The cast burner elements are superb and distribute the flame very evenly although you need to back off from “high” to get blue flame. My undersized gas line may be a factor here – not sure. Lion produces a ceramic insert that probably levels the temperature somewhat but since this isn’t an issue for me I haven’t bothered to make that investment. On my unit, 2 burners at their lowest setting produces a (midpoint between the burners) direct temp of about 450° at the grate surface. At 4” higher, I can get that minimum down to about 350°. I’ve never had all 5 grates in at the same time – I tend to use 3 and move them around.
Slow cooking is wonderful on this grill and when you cook something for more than a couple hours, the smoke does take. I did an 18# prime rib (de-boned) at Christmas at 210° (used burner 1 + 5 at low setting) for 6 hours (mounted it on the spit but didn’t use the motor except ½ turn every hour) then finished it on the rotisserie’s infrared searing burner for 25 minutes (using the motor) to make a crust on the outside. Because the temperature outside was in the teens I didn’t need to gap the lid (left it full closed). Perfect results.
I’ve also done rotisserie chickens, hens, ducks and goose using the infrared as the prime cooking element plus one burner on low for the smoke. Results are uniformly excellent.The balance device is well designed and looks like it should do the trick.
This grill is worth every penny if you like to play with fire and smoke and like to experiment with the natural order of manufactured items. Assembly was easy. Shipping was a snap. I was also happy to discover the shorty grill cover is functional. It’s a bit faded after a year but still in great shape. I suspect this is the last grill I’ll ever buy.”
-Review by Kalli – Ann Arbor – 40″ L90000 Stainless Steel BBQ Grill