Grill rotisseries make your BBQ more versatile
When summer time comes around, many people love taking out their barbeque and grilling up some of their favourite cuts of meat. Many people don’t even consider using grill rotisseries even though they might be missing out on some of the tastiest meals they have ever had. While rotisserie cooking has been around for a while, it is making a strong comeback and is becoming more popular than ever.
You definitely want to consider getting a rotisserie for your barbeque. It doesn’t matter what kind of grill you have because there are different types of rotisserie kits that fit everything from gas grills to all the different sizes of charcoal grills. All kinds of rotisseries have essentially the same parts but if you decide to set one up on your barbecue you have to know a little bit more about all the different parts.
Whereas most electric rotisseries are setup for you and ready to go, a grill rotisserie will require some assembly on your part. Now don’t be intimidated by this as it is actually very simple. However, knowing what parts go where is essential in order for you to select grill rotisseries that aren’t missing any important components and that are of high quality.
The first thing to look at is of course the spit. This is the basis of rotisserie cooking and is probably the only part that you actually need (although that would complicate things). The spit is the rod on which the meat sits while turning over the heat source (in the case of grill rotisseries, the barbeque). It has to be sturdy especially if you intend to cook large pieces of meat. You also have to make sure that it is long enough to fit properly on your grill.
The next thing that any self-respecting rotisserie kit includes is a heavy duty motor (unless you want to spend all your time manually turning the spit while the food cooks). Just like the spit, the motor needs to be sturdy and powerful enough to support and be able to turn whatever food you decide to cook.
This is something you must decide for yourself; are you going to use it for casual, once in a while rotisserie cooking or do you intend to use it multiple times a week? Do you intend to cook large pieces of meat for lots of people or do you only want to use it for smaller portions? A good rule of thumb is to select a rotisserie kit that is a little sturdier than you need (if your budget permits of course) just in case you decide to do more than you first intended to.
Then there are the forks and basket attachments. Once again, think strong and sturdy. The forks are used to hold the meat in place on the spit and ensure that it doesn’t turn freely around it. Think about it, what good is a rotisserie kit if it can’t actually turn the meat? The forks provide additional attachment points between the spit and the meat to make sure it all rotates smoothly.
The basket on the other hand is designed for cooking food that is broken down into smaller pieces such as vegetables, seafood or chicken wings. This isn’t always included in all grill rotisseries but is a great bonus to have.
Finally there are the counter weights and the brackets. The brackets are nothing special but they make sure that you can actually attach the motor and spit onto your barbeque. The counter weights play a role in balancing out the load so that it is as equal as possible on all sides of the spit. This will ensure that the motor never gets overworked and that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
So those are the elements you need to check for when shopping for rotisserie kits for grills. Once again, just remember that everything must be as sturdy as possible. You also need to make sure that the grill rotisseries you are considering fit with your specific barbeque model.