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Food & Drink 7 Reasons to Buy a Spit Rod and Rotisserie Grill Basket

02:02  28 july  2022
02:02  28 july  2022 Source:   epicurious.com

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Is your grill living up to its full potential? If you’re not using a spit rod and rotisserie grill basket, then the answer is definitely no.

Rotisserie cooking on the grill is a game changer. When food rotates on a motorized spit, it cooks so much more evenly than it would sitting on a wire rack. The rotating movement also creates a system of non-stop basting, resulting in juicy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside meat, whether you’re cooking something with skin or not.

Though it might seem like an advanced technique requiring a whole new setup, converting your gas, charcoal, or kamado grill to a rotisserie grill is easy with a simple kit you can order online. And once you’ve outfitted your grill with the right kit, it’s mostly smooth sailing from there since rotisserie cooking is the original set-it-and-forget-it situation.

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The type of rotisserie you need will vary depending on the size and shape of your grill (and we’ve rounded up options for the most popular gas, charcoal, and kamado models below). Most kits include a spit rod and a motor, and heavy-duty versions also come with meat forks and counterweights for cooking heavier foods like pork shoulder or whole turkey.

If you’re already committing to a rotisserie grill kit, you might as well get a compatible rotisserie basket while you’re at it. A rotisserie basket, sometimes called a tumble basket, is a wonderful way to roast or crisp foods that might be too small to fit on the spit but can still maintain their structural integrity while being tossed around over smoldering coals. (Some items, like fish and asparagus, are better off in a stationary grill basket.)

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If you’re already sold, scroll to the bottom to find a rotisserie kit and basket that’s compatible with your backyard cooking setup. If you still need a little convincing, here are seven things you can do with a rotisserie on the grill.

What to cook with a rotisserie grill attachment and basket

Rotisserie chicken

Yes, you can buy a rotisserie chicken at the store—and you absolutely should if you need a quick, easy dinner. But a homemade rotisserie chicken is a whole other beast (er, bird). When you make your own, it’s always juicy and you have complete control over the seasoning. Plus, you know exactly how long it hasn’t been sitting under a heat lamp.

Rotisserie-roasted pork loin

Compared to the shoulder and belly, the loin is a relatively lean cut of pork. Roasting can dry out the meat, so it’s often braised in an oven or slow cooker. But there’s a better way and it’s rotisserie grilling. With a motorized spit, you can cook a juicy pork loin on the grill, because the constant motion allows it to constantly baste itself. And if you glaze it sporadically, you’ll end up with a juicy, flavorful loin that still resembles pork (versus the non-descript fall-apart meat you often get from a slow cooker).

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Rotisserie chicken wings

Wings made in the oven are good. They’re even better on the grill. But wings made in a constantly-rotating rotisserie grill basket? Next level. When you make wings in a basket, the skin is comparable to what you’d get from a deep fryer, but you get the added bonus of smoky flavor, too.

Rotisserie-roasted vegetables

Use a rotisserie basket to roast fresh vegetables like whole blistered peppers, charred broccoli, new potatoes tossed in butter and salt, and even thick-cut French fries. Because the vegetables are constantly moving, they cook more evenly than they would in the oven or on a grill grate so you don’t end up with a blackened or soggy bottom and a too-crispy top.

Rotisserie-roasted Thanksgiving turkey

Smoking your Thanksgiving turkey can free up valuable oven space and produce meat that’s just as juicy and even more flavorful than a traditional roasted bird. Add a rotisserie to the mix, and every inch of skin will be crispy. You may even cut down the cooking time a little because you won’t be tempted to open the grill lid to baste. Worried your grill isn’t big enough for a whole turkey? When you use a rotisserie you can remove the grill grate to create more vertical space inside of a gas or charcoal grill.

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Rotisserie-roasted leg of lamb

If you’re cooking lamb, you should be cooking lamb on a spit. Rotisserie cooking leg of lamb allows the tender meat to cook evenly and baste itself with its rich, uniquely flavorful fat. You could even attempt to cook your own gyro meat on the rotisserie.

Rotisserie-roasted coffee beans

Okay, this one is a little extra, but it’s entirely possible to use a rotisserie grill basket to roast your own coffee beans. I prefer to leave this particular task to the professionals, but if you fancy yourself a coffee aficionado, just think of all the “oohs” and “aahs” you’ll get serving guests a perfect pour-over made with single-origin beans roasted in your own backyard.

Rotisserie kits for kettle and kamado grills

Kettle grills generally aren’t ready for rotisserie attachments, which is why these kits are sold with spacers that hold the spit between the base and lid, while also maintaining a tight seal for temperature retention. Weber’s own rotisserie kit fits its classic 22-inch kettle grill (our top pick for best charcoal grill), while Kamado Joe’s JoeTisserie is the go-to rotisserie kit for owners of ceramic kamado grills including the Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg.

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Weber Rotisserie Kit for 22-inch Charcoal Grills

$235.00, Weber

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Onlyfire Rotisserie Ring Kit for 22-inch Charcoal Grills

$126.00, Amazon

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Classic Joe Series JoeTisserie for 18-inch Kamado Grills

$250.00, Amazon

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Rotisserie kits for gas grills and barrel charcoal grills

Most gas grills and some barrel charcoal grills are rotisserie-ready. If you can’t find a kit and basket made by your grill’s manufacturer, look for a kit that fits a grill with the same specs or opt for a “universal” kit. Luckily, finding the right fit is fairly easy, since the product description usually notes that a kit fits grills up to a certain size. If you’re still unsure about what size to buy, look for a spit that’s longer than (not equal to) the width of your grill, then double check the diameter of the rod for compatibility.

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Weber Rotisserie Kit (Spirit 200/300/500/700, Genesis Silver/Gold/Plat/1000-5500)

$134.00, Weber

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Weber Rotisserie Kit (Genesis II 200/300 and 2022 Genesis 300 Series)

$145.00, Weber

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Weber Rotisserie Kit (Genesis II 400/600 and 2022 Genesis 400 Series)

$157.00, Weber

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Char-Broil Universal Electric Rotisserie

$55.00, Char-Broil

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Napoleon 36-Inch Rotisserie Kit For Prestige 500, Prestige Pro 500 & LEX 485 Gas Grills

$113.00, BBQ Guys

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Dyna-Glo Universal Heavy Duty Rotisserie Kit

$100.00, Amazon

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Rotisserie grill baskets

In an ideal world, you’d buy a rotisserie grill basket that’s compatible with your specific grill and rotisserie kit, but there just aren’t that many options. At my house, we’ve been waiting months for Weber to release its rotisserie crisping basket and in the meantime we’ve been able to make Napoleon’s tumble basket work with one of Weber’s spits. Napoleon’s basket is the go-to choice for kamado grillers using the JoeTisserie, too. If you’re planning to roast your own coffee beans, look for something with smaller holes. And whatever you choose, make sure the basket will fit securely on your spit rod.

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Napoleon Rotisserie Grill Basket (64000)

$70.00, Amazon

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Onlyfire Universal Stainless Steel Rotisserie Grill Basket

$51.00, Amazon

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Everdure Rotisserie Grill Basket Tumbler

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