Turning your existing gas BBQ into a BBQ Spit Rotisserie

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A Cheap But Effective BBQ Rotisserie Option

Before investing in a stand alone rotisserie, why not buy a BBQ rotisserie kit for your existing BBQ to see whether it's something you enjoy. This is an inexpensive way to truly test the waters whether spit roasting is for you, or whether it will be a short lived novelty. (I'm pretty sure you'll love spit roasting.....but just to be sure!)

Why does Rotisserie meat taste so good!

With a rotisserie, meat is secured on a long rod that rotates over, or next to, a heat source. The meat is cooked slowly with a low heat. As it rotates, the juices drawn out by the heat are absorbed and the chicken or roast becomes self-basting. It is impossible to appreciate the singular tenderness, juiciness, and flavour of meat cooked on a BBQ Rotisserie until you have tried it. Once you have experienced meat prepared this way, you will realize that a BBQ with a rotisserie attachment is a worthy investment. 

What parts do you need to turn your Barbecue into a Rotisserie?

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A BBQ Rotisserie is a simple mechanism, with a few standard parts. There must be a spit, or rod, on which to skewer the meat. Two multi pronged forks secure each piece of meat, and nuts or thumb screws on either end can be tightened to keep it from moving back and forth or slipping around on the spit, which can cause uneven rotation. A motor will turn the spit at an even rate for the duration of the cooking time. Counter weights can accommodate an uneven distribution of weight. For example, the breast of a chicken weighs more than the back. Without a counterweight, the motor will be placed under strain as it accommodates the shifting of the weight, and the chicken may end up cooked unevenly. This of course depends on the weight rating of your rotisserie motor. The closer the weight of the meat is to the maximum capacity of the motor, the more careful you need to be about balancing your meat.

How to set up your Heat Source for Spit Roasting in a BBQ

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Often, the meat in a BBQ Rotisserie is cooked by indirect heat, particularly if it is a larger cut. This means that there is a side, or back heat source and the meat is not placed directly over the coals. If you are thinking of adding a BBQ rotisserie kit to your existing grill that does not have a heat source like this, you can still utilize indirect heat. It can also be applied by lighting only the outside burners of a gas grill, or by piling the coals up around the perimeter of the grill.

Owning a grill without a BBQ Rotisserie does not mean that all is lost. There is a variety of rotisserie attachments available, many with universal components that can accommodate a range of existing grills, on the market. If you're unsure, measure up the length of your existing BBQ, check out our BBQ rotisserie kits online, visit our store or give us a call - 1300 002 771.


by: Rhiannon Peterson