Tips for Rotisserie Cooking on a Grill

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No need to run to the grocery store — with the rotisserie accessory from Char-Broil, you’ll be dining on succulent rotisserie meals right from your backyard. Rotisseries work by roasting meat on a long rod (or spit) that turns over grates at a constant speed. It allows your meats to cook at the same degree of heat evenly over a period of time. Food will be moister  because it sears quickly and seals in natural juices. Rotisseries are generally used for cooking large joints of meat or entire animals, such as chickens, pigs or turkeys. Legs of lamb and pork and beef roasts are also great on a rotisserie. There are a few rules of thumb to help you enjoy rotisserie cooking on your grill.

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Get the Right Rotisserie
Make sure you buy a rotisserie that will turn at a constant speed so that your meat is cooked evenly and quickly, so that the outside sears to hold in the natural juices. Char-Broil offers different rotisserie models that fit a variety of grill models, but if you’re not sure which one you need, the universal rotisserie fits any grill.

Marinades and Sauces
Once you’ve set up your rotisserie, choose your favorite seasonings for a marinade or baste. If you prefer a sugary-style BBQ sauce, wait until the last ten minutes to baste the meat – sugary sauces can char.

Balance It
Keep your food as equal-sized as possible, from end to end on the spit rod, so the cooking time is consistent.Char-Broil Rotisserie

Juicy Rotisserie Chicken
1. Make the chicken is as round as possible.
2. Cross the drumsticks and tie them together with kitchen twine Then tie the wings together with another string at the first joint to the tips around the back of the chicken.
3. Run the spit rod through the breast, parallel to the backbone. It will run out through the body opening. Make sure it’s centered.
4. Attach the forks on the spit rod to the breast and tail areas. Be sure the forks press tightly so the chicken is secure.
5. Before you put it on the grill, roll the spit rod in the palms of your hands. It should easily turn. If it’s heavier on one side than the other, the bird isn’t balanced. Adjust the forks as needed.

Rotisserie Roasted Pork, Beef or Lamb
1. Insert the rotisserie rod lengthwise through the center of your meat.
2. Adjust the holding forks and test balance. If the meat is uneven, adjust as needed. Uneven weight distribution can place unnecessary strain on the motor.

Cooking Times
Cooking times are estimated depending on the size of the meat you’re cooking. And, like grilling directly on the grates, wind, air temperatures and humidity can affect how long it takes to cook as well. It’s a little harder to test the doneness of meat when cooking with a rotisserie, so to avoid overcooking, stop the rotisserie motor about 15 to 20 minutes before the estimated cook time and test the internal temperature of the meat.

Make sure you let your foods rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to settle to make the carving easier.

Cooking Temperature

After you’ve seasoned your chicken and preheated your grill. Place the rotisserie (with the chicken) on the grill for about 10 minutes on high. Then, turn the grill to medium heat and grill for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip:  Using a cast iron grilling grate on your TRU-Infrared® grill? Remove them before installing a Char-Broil rotisserie kit. Leave the emitter inside the firebox to catch the drippings from the food as it rotates on the spit.

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13 thoughts on “Tips for Rotisserie Cooking on a Grill

    1. The cooking time will vary per situation. Usually about 1 to 1 1/2 hours is a good starting point with the grill on medium heat.

  1. Thanks so much for the info. I couldn’t figure out why my chicken was not rotating and it was because of the part you have your right hand on….it doesn’t go close to the bird but rather at the outer edge of the rod (inside the brackets). Can’t wait till the chicken is done!!! One question though….why is the electrical cord so short??

  2. Okay another problem…I think I’d skip the 15 minutes on high as the juices from my chicken fed the fire and it got a little charred on outside. I can see the importance of tieing the chicken up as it will shrink and the rotisserie hooks will become loose. No problem I just took my hot pads and adjusted the holding forks to clamp on the chicken tighter. You need to tie the bird up as the legs and wing want to fall off the chicken once it gets cooking. So skip the 15 minutes on high and do medium heat!!

  3. I have a model 463242304 with a Rotisserie heating element, is there anyway to adjust the temp when using this feature since the knob only shows Off and On ?

    1. This model is meant for slow cooking only, so it doesn’t have an adjustable temperature setting.

  4. I’m trying my 1st dual game hens today,I’m doing all that you explained,here’s to good luck,I’ll let you know how they came out,

  5. what should I marinade a blade beef roast, approx. 3 ilbs, and how long on infared roterissiere? have never cooked roast beef or used rotisserie before.

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