Spit Roaster BBQ Facts
I love a good Spit Roaster BBQ and it’s a great feature to base a party around. People will congregate around it with a couple of drinks and the conversation will flow. On top of that, it’s very hard to make any serious mistakes as it’s such a slow cooking technique.
Most meat will spit roast really well and I’ve tried many of them myself – kangaroo, sheep, goat, pig and even one that had a dozen chickens speared onto the main shaft!
Spit Roaster BBQ Pros:
* Having one of these babies at a party, you will become the social center of the event. People love gathering around a Spit Roast BBQ (unless it’s stinking hot) and helping out in some small way. Not to mention taking the odd sample or two.
* The meat is beautifully tender and the fantastic taste is unlike any other technique/style.
* Obviously there’s a lot of meat – that’s always good for your Spit Roaster.
* It’s not quite a case of “set it and forget it”, but it’s pretty close.
* If the guests are hungry, or it’s taking longer than you thought, you can slice off the outer, cooked meat to give your guests something to eat. The remaining meat will then cook faster than it would have previously in your Spit Roaster.
Spit Roaster BBQ Cons:
* Has to be done outside, or at least in a very open, covered area – therefore it’s not normally a popular idea to use your Spit Roaster BBQ in poor weather.
* They do take several hours to cook, depending on the size and type of the animal – if you don’t have that sort of time, this is not for you.
* They usually require more than one person to setup. Handling a full carcass, setting it on the spear and getting the balance right is all really a two-person job.
* You need to allow 2-3 hours before your cooking time begins to allow the wood to burn down to charcoal (see shortcut below in comments). You can’t cook over a raging flame, despite what you see in a number of movies.
* They can be expensive unless you are able to build it yourself. Stainless steel ones in Australia currently retail for $1,000 – $1200.
* If you are a little short on time, you can avoid the wait of burning your wood down to coals by using a 50:50 mixture of heat-beads and pre-made charcoal (BBQ and hardware/camping stores usually stock this). It’ll cost a more but probably save you 2-3 hours – your cooking time will remain the same however.