How Do I Choose the Best Grill with Rotisserie?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Hot charcoal briquettes in a grill.
Hot charcoal briquettes in a grill.

A grill with rotisserie capabilities can be a versatile addition to your backyard cooking arsenal, but choosing the best one isn't always easy. Start your search for a grill with rotisserie by determining how often you are likely to use the unit, what foods you intend to cook, and what other types of cooking you want to do with the grill. It is also important to consider where you will store the grill, how much space you have to dedicate to the unit, and whether you want a propane-powered or a charcoal grill.

The debate surrounding whether a charcoal grill is better than a propane grill or vice versa is ongoing, so you will need to make your own determination as to what type of grill suits your needs best. Each type has advantages and disadvantages, but both will be adequately capable of accommodating a rotisserie. You will then need to decide if you want to buy a grill with rotisserie already installed, or if you want the adaptability of a rotisserie attachment that can be removed and installed easily as necessary. You can make this decision by deciding how much rotisserie cooking you intend to do with the grill with rotisserie.

Try to find a grill that will accommodate the amounts of food you intend to cook at one time. If, for example, you intend to cook for large groups frequently, you will need a larger grill with a heavier-duty spit, or supporting rod, that can hold the weight of various pieces of meat at one time. The motor, too, that turns the spit will need to be larger to accommodate more meat. If, however, you intend to use the grill with rotisserie mostly for personal use or for food that will feed only one or two people at a time, a smaller grill with a smaller rotisserie unit will usually be sufficient.

If you will be cooking vegetables frequently, consider buying a grill with rotisserie that can accommodate attachments such as a vegetable basket. This basket can be filled with vegetables and then locked into place so the vegetables do not fall out. A vegetable basket can then be secured to the spit for roasting. The basket can also be used for smaller pieces of meat that will not fit on the spit properly. Such attachments add to the versatility of the unit and will allow you to cook a wider variety of foods.

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      Hot charcoal briquettes in a grill.