BBQ Hero: 5 Delicious Foods to Cook on a Rotisserie


Give the smoker a break and start using your grill for a greater purpose. Experiment with different foods to cook on a rotisserie and be the next BBQ’s hero.

When you get tired of grilling burgers and smoking pork shoulder, a rotisserie for your grill will take your food game to the next level. It provides a completely different flavor to the same foods. The best part is that it’s the easiest way to cook because the motor does all the work. Pick your favorite food to cook on a rotisserie, season it, and skewer it.

When cooking with a rotisserie, you want to use indirect heat. Get the charcoal burning white, then separate the coals by pushing half to either side of the grill. A good set of heat resistant gloves will go a long way to keeping your hands burn-free during this process. Put a drip pan in between the coals, directly under the meat, as a lot of fat will drip off during the cooking process. Now, it’s time to choose your favorite foods.

Prime Rib Roast
You want to get a rib roast without the bones. You pay per pound, and they just add extra weight you can’t eat. When seasoning this awesome hunk of beef, you don’t need to get fancy. Stick to the basics of salt, pepper, and some fresh rosemary. The meat is the superstar, so let it shine.

Whole Chicken
You may need to counterweigh your spit because the top half of the chicken, the breast portion, weighs more and could cause lopsided turning. Season the chicken inside and out with salt, then rub the inside with some fresh garlic.

If you can roast a chicken, you can roast a turkey. Unless you have an open pit, you’ll need to get a smaller turkey to fit inside the grill. Soak the turkey overnight in a brine just like for Thanksgiving. Rub it inside and out with a mixture of salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

Baby Back Ribs
You read that right, you can put ribs on the rotisserie. You have to weave them, and you’ll only get a maximum of two racks on there, but it’s worth the effort. The cooking process is similar to smoking them, but the temperatures are higher, so there may not be the fall-off-the-bone effect we all love. Get your favorite rub on them and the same rules apply as smoking.

Get your dessert on the grill too! Trim a whole pineapple and shove the spit through the center. Getting it dead center is the hardest part. Leave it on the grill for an hour or so with indirect, high heat at around 500 degrees. Cook it along with a roast or chicken, if there’s room on the spit. When it’s done, slice it and enjoy—that’s all there is to it.


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