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Random Mon Jun 11 2007

Rotisserie for Charcoal Grills

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Now that grilling season is in full swing, my hubby and I have been looking for a great low and slow recipe that let us enjoy the summer weather. What we discovered was a fantastic attachment for our Weber charcoal grill; a rotisserie! Naively, I thought that you could only spit roast on a gas set up, but Weber makes this nifty machine that sits right on top of your charcoal grill and plugs in to a nearby outlet. Your lid fits neatly on top for a reliable, air tight seal. We've already roasted a stuffed leg of lamb and an insanely good safron and orange marinated chicken with delicious results. This guy was especially tasty with a Chateau Grand Cassagne Rose 2006.

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Add some wood chips on the coals and you've got a makeshift spinning smokehouse. There's even a clever counterweight to help balance the heavier side of larger cuts of meat or birds.

Only downside is that the unit has an oddly short power cord. Best have an extension cord on hand for grilling at a safe distance from any walls or windows.

 
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Yu / June 11, 2007 5:28 PM

Wow! It's a bit on the pricy side (more expensive than the grill itself), but this might finally persuade us to buy the Weber grill once we find an apartment with a large enough porch for one.

Winediva / June 12, 2007 11:54 AM

I hear ya. We bought ours on line through Weber, but you can always check ebay and craig's list. I saw them at Home Depot for a little less $$$ as well. For as much time as we spend grilling during the summer, $125 was a worthwhile investment.

Although my husband always wonders why we can get a cooked rotisserie chicken at Jewel for the same price as a raw one. I suspect they are cooking the ones that are nearly past their sell date, but I have no evidence to back that up. Anyone else?

Chuck / June 12, 2007 3:31 PM

That looks wonderful, but I think I'll settle for beer can chicken, instead.

Winediva / June 12, 2007 5:07 PM

Oooooooooh. I love me some beer can chicken. Funny you mention that! I tried to do beer can chicken last summer on my old Weber that was one size smaller. I got the bird all rubbed down with spices and perched on the 1/2 can of brew and all set. Went to put the lid down and found that the chicken on the can was too tall on my grill for the lid to cover! I was so upset. In fact, that was the exact event that prompted us to by the new larger grill this year. Plenty of height inside the new one for a big ol' roaster! We could probably mount him on a tall boy can. (Wow, everything about that last sentence sounded kinda wrong. Sorry. I really was still talking about chicken.)

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