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Rotisserie Approximate Cooking Time Chart

If you’re new to rotisserie grilling and are wondering how long it will take to cook something, this page is our rotisserie approximate cooking time chart for grills. All rotisserie cooking requires Medium-Hot indirect heat, and a drip pan. A large enough pan will provide the indirect heat for you.

Fill your drip pan ½ way with whatever you are going to baste the meat with and be sure that the liquid never runs dry through the cooking process. A dry drip pan that fills with grease will quickly turn into a 3-alarm fire ruining a good meal.

Remember when unsure always use a meat thermometer and follow the USDA temperature guidelines.

Beef Roast Rolled

Rare: 16 minutes per pound
Medium 18 minutes per pound
Well: 20 minutes per pound

Beef Roast Bone In

Rare: 16 minutes per pound
Medium 18 minutes per pound
Well: 20 minutes per pound

Chicken 3 to 4 pounds

1.5 hours baste occasionally

Cornish Game Hens 1 Pound

1 hour baste occasionally

Turkey 9 Pounds

3.5 hours baste occasionally

Pork Roast Bone In

22 minutes per pound baste frequently

Pork Roast Rolled

26 minutes per pound baste frequently

Pork Spare Ribs

1 hour baste frequently

Keep in mind that this chart is not a be all end all. It is provided to give you a good idea of how long you will be cooking something. Always use a good thermometer and your best judgement.

Suggested Reading: USDA Food Temperature Guide




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What is the diameter of your spit rod

So you need to purchase a new set of spit forks for your rotisserie and need to check your spit rods diameter. Here is a quick and easy way to check and compare spit rod diameters using things you probably have lying around your house.

The smallest diameter spit rod is the 5/16 it is also the most common. Found in most universal rotisserie kits. It is slightly larger in diameter than a common household pen. So simply lay your spit rod onto a flat surface and set a pen next to it. If your rod is just slightly taller than the pen it is a 5/16 rod. If it is much larger try the next size up.

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Rotisserie Grilling Tips

rotisserie counter balance install on weber

Once you have your new grill rotisserie in place the fun begins, so here are a few rotisserie grilling tips to maximize your enjoyment of your new toy.

The placement of your spit rod bushing is very important to your rotisseries performance. You want everything to rotate as freely as possible. In order to achieve this slide the bushing onto the rod, place the rod into the rotisserie motor as far as it will go then pull it out slightly, a half an inch should do it. Most rotisserie motors stop the rod with the back of the case so this small step will minimize the drag. Now you may set the spit rod bushing into place and tighten. Once you have it in position there is no real reason that it would need to be removed because you will be sliding the meat off of the pointed end of the rod.

Apply a light coat of cooking oil or Pam for grilling onto the spit rod and forks before each use. This will help to minimize your cleanup. I will also coat the groove of the spit rod bushing to minimize the friction.

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