Using a Rotisserie or Spit

A rotisserie is a great way to get an even cook

A rotisserie works differently to normal roasting.

Every spin, the meat is exposed to searing radiant heat then it cools when it rotates to the side without heat.

This allows intense heat to render the fats and create a crisp dry surface while the layers below the surface cook in a lower heat profile.

There are some things to consider which will help you get the best out of your rotisserie.

It’s not always possible, but try to offset the fire to the meat.

You will want some charcoal under the meat to give some smoke from the dripping meat juices but a lot of fat dripping into the fire will cause a flare up and can ruin your meal

If your BBQ is not wide enough to allow your heat source to be offset, then try to distance the rotisserie from the fire, this is not always ideal as it slows the cooking down.

I would encourage you to use strategically placed drip pans to minimise fats dripping directly into the fire.

One important element most people overlook is the direction of the rotisserie spin

Always set the rotisserie direction so the top of the food rotates toward the side with the heat source

As you can see in this illustration, the heat renders the fats and liquids which follow the direction of the spin and drip off at the bottom of the spin

Correct Rotation Direction

Rear Infrared Burner

You can see here how it works for a Rear Burner in a Gas BBQ

Wrong Direction

Here you can see if you have the rotisserie spinning in the wrong direction!

The rendered fats are dragged up and over the top of the meat

This is a disaster for crackle and will create ugly lines on the outside of the meat

A DC rotisserie motor will always go one direction

An AC rotisserie motor can usually be made to spin the opposite direction by turning it off and back on until the direction changes

Using a “Leave in” Temperature Probe with a Rotisserie

There are specialty probes made for use with a rotisserie, or you could use one of the Bluetooth pen type probes.

But it is easy enough to make your existing probe set do the job!

Run your probe wire through the Ferrule on the rotisserie rod

Attach a spare set of prongs in the end of the rotisserie rod on the outside of the BBQ

Attach the sender unit to the prongs so it spins with the rod and the wires do not tangle.


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