It’s time to serve up some juicy slow roasted fare! Rotisserie grilling often known as spit roasting is a rather slow cooking but highly efficient cooking process. You can roast several different types of meats and vegetables including whole and fryer chicken, whole turkey, ribs, leg of lamb, ham, fish, kabobs, goat and even an entire hog. There are two types of rotisseries available in the market – indoor rotisserie ovens and outdoor pit/universal rotisseries, but this page focuses on the outdoor grilling method.
|SpitJack XB50 Lamb, Pig, & Goat||Pig/Lamb/Spit||72 x 12 x 26 inches ; 72 pounds||40W motor handle up to 55 lbs. of balanced load. Stainless steel & portable||*****|
|GrillPro Kit for Grills||Universal Kit||3.5 x 4.5 x 31.2 inches ; 3.9 pounds||Cook large roasts, chicken, & turkeys. 31-inch spit rod, works w/many grills||*|
|OneGrill Heavy Duty Kit||Universal Kit||45'' X 1/2'' Hexagon Spit Rod & 40 lb. motor||1/2'' chrome steel spit rod, 4 prong spit forks, 3pc. bracket set to fit most grills||**|
Rotisserie grilling explained
In most rotisserie grilling processes, the food is placed in a hot chamber that has a motorized or hand operated skewer also known as a turn spit. Generally, baskets, prongs or forks can be attached to a rod or spit to support the food items and secure them in place. The heat source can vary and include a convection oven for indoor grilling, whereas charcoal, gas or firewood can be used to fuel an outdoor pit or universal rotisserie.
The best rotisserie cooking as defined by several expert rotisserie experts is cooking the old fashioned way under a fire. Cooking a hog or an entire pig on a rotisserie is an unmatched experience and a wondrous event to say the least. The sights, smell and grander of the methods used is simply fantastic and the entire process is downright thrilling.
Most horizontal rotisseries are set on a charcoal or gas grill but for cooking large roasts, chicken, and turkey’s outdoors, a universal rotisserie is your best choice. These types of heavy duty portable standalone rotisseries are an ideal choice for roasting outdoors while camping, at cookouts or tailgating parties, and are often powered by a robust electric motor to handle the large workload. But if you’re looking to roast upwards of 20 lbs outdoors, you will have to do better than that, and upgrade to a hog rotisserie. Let’s look at the different kinds below.
This type of rotisserie is similar in concept to a spit rotisserie and can accommodate heavy loads but generally less than 20lbs. Adding to this, a universal rotisserie is installed over a compatible grill such as Weber, Broil King, Broil Mate, and GrillPro. The package includes universal and OEM brackets to ease the installation process. Furthermore, modern universal rotisseries ship with heavy duty forks, a counter balance kit, and a spit rod (size varies according to the model). It sits atop your compatible current outdoor grill, which not only supports the universal rotisserie spit, but also provides the heat for the meat. Excellent examples of universal rotisseries are the Grill Pro 60090 and OneGrill Heavy Duty Kit, which are compatible with most if not all grills in the market.
Suckling pig roasters/Hog rotisseries
A typical suckling pig weighs less than 25lbs so a hog will definitely weigh much more than that, most commonly 30 to 60 lbs. To accommodate this type of load, a universal rotisserie is just not going to cut it. For starters, the spit rod of a universal rotisserie will not be able handle a hefty payload such as this and even if it does will gradually cause added stress on the motor. Adding to this, cooking a 40+ lb hog on a universal rotisserie could literally ruin your rotisserie, grill and cookout. So if you mostly cook whole and suckling pigs, then specialized pig roasters/pig rotisseries are a viable choice. The SpitJack XB50 Lamb Pig & Goat Spit Rotisserie is a great example of what you need for oversized outdoor grilling and you can read our full review below.
Choosing the best rotisserie for outdoor use
Cooking with rotisseries can be quite the spectacle and many say, ‘the bigger the better’, and that is certainly the case with our top rotisserie pick. The Spitjack can handle some of largest meat you can come across. Let’s find out more.
SpitJack XB50 Lamb Pig & Goat Spit Rotisserie
Regarded as the best pig rotisserie in the market, the SpitJack XB50 roaster is perfectly suited for small and large sized foods up to 55lbs. It arrives with a robust 25 watt motor to guarantee nothing less than top notch roasting performance. This motorized roaster is extremely hygienic, and easy to assemble and take apart, and can be tucked away easily in a trunk of a car for greater portability. The spit and motor assembly of the SpitJack XB50 rotisserie are adjustable from eight inches all the way to twenty two inches.
Highlights of the SpitJack XB50 Rotisserie
- Can accommodate up to 55lbs
- Guaranteed performance with every spin
- Easy to assemble and take apart and fits easily in the trunk
- Offers safe and hygienic cooking where the only thing that touches the food is a stainless steel pit
- Backed by 1 year limited warranty
With regards to portability and ease of use, the SpitJack XB50 goat and pig roaster can be plugged into any household electrical outlet and can even be powered by your car battery by using an optional inverter. It is backed by a one year limited warranty to further assure you of its class leading performance and durability. There are a number of pit rotisseries available in the market, but the SpitJack XB50 hog rotisserie tops the list for many good reasons.
Regardless of whether you use a universal rotisserie or a pig rotisserie, the key is to have your meat centered on the spit, and most pit and universal rotisseries feature a counter mechanism to maintain balance on the spit as the food rotates. Food that is not properly balanced on the spit might not only cook unevenly, but could also add stress on the motor causing it to malfunction.
The cooking process itself is a slow one, and once you’ve set your meat on the spit and have set it to rotate automatically, you should attend to it every half hour or so to check on the fire and baste the meat with your favorite sauces if needed. If your meat achieves a burnished color within an hour, then you’re going too fast. In this case, you will either have to tone down the heat or simply raise the bar/spit higher up from it.