It’s been a while since I shared about a cool cooking gadget. Actually, it’s been a long time since I shared anything besides the Weekly Favorites. Today I am writing about a new toy I have, called the Grizzly Spit Rotisserie.
What this is, is a portable battery powered rotisserie to take camping or like me, use over over your backyard campfire. Made up of a battery powered motor, a set of forks, a rotisserie rod, and two stand, one for either side. It breaks down and easily stores in the provided canvas pouch.
I want too clarify that I am only discussing this product. I am not sponsored by them in any way.
What You’ll Need
- Grizzly Spit Rotisserie
- Firewood – I’ve been using a combination of oak, pecan, apple, hickory, and mesquite
- Lump Charcoal (optional)
- A Roaster Chicken – Typically 5 to 7 lbs
- Salt and Pepper
First, setup up the Grizzly Spit Rotisserie and get the fire going. You’ll want the rod to use as a measure to determine how far apart the support stakes need to be. This is way easier to do without the chicken on the rotisserie.
Next, season the chicken with salt and pepper and assemble the rotisserie rod an forks. use the forks to tuck in the wings and drums. It’s now ready to go over the fire. The process is really pretty simple.
For the fire, you want it to be big enough and hot enough to roast the chicken, without the flames actually touching the chicken for extended periods. The wood you use is important, and not just for the flavor. Of course you want to use hardwoods, but it’s more than that. Oak and mesquite will turn in to hot coals, while apple, hickory, and pecan will just just burn to ash. The coals are where most of your heat is going to come from. If you need to, make your fire on a bed of lump charcoal to give you that heat source over time.
Now for the chicken, I try to keep it about a foot over the fire, just high enough for the bigger flames to kiss the chicken and also enough room to stack wood on top of the fire. The chicken will need about 4 to 6 hours over the fire. The good news is that the 2 D Cell batteries should give around 20 hours worth of run time.
I’ve used this twice now. Both times, I’ve had to take the chicken off and readjust, reposition, and retighten the forks, so I’m still figuring that part out. This last time, I did figure out to use pliers to clamp down the forks even tighter.
My neighbors and I have lots of ideas like stuffing the chicken with rice or jambalaya or sausage or even boudin. It’s going to be a lot of fun. My dad is even going to try it out for his Thanksgiving turkey. I’ll keep you posted on all of the fun.
Until then, happy eating!