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Things I Love: Cordless Rotisserie Motor

I love my rotisserie. I love the browned, crisp crust and even cooking it gives me.  But…it does add a bunch of extra steps to grilling. Instead of just tossing the meat on the grill, I have to truss the meat, skewer the meat on the spit and forks, and carry that spit loaded with uncooked meat from my kitchen to the grill. Then I have to get my extension cord unwound so I can plug in the rotisserie motor, and start the whole thing spinning.

That last step? Unwinding the extension cord and running it to the grill? I don’t have to do that any more. I picked up this battery powered rotisserie motor from Ribolator.com, and I love it. Removing that one extra step from the process, not having to mess with the cord, makes my life a little bit easier when I rotisserie grill.

I bought the battery powered motor for my farmers market demos, so I could take my rotisserie on the road. This worked better than I could have hoped; people would see the chicken, browning and rotating next to me, and it would lure them over to check on what I was doing.

Now I use this motor all the time. The two D-Cell batteries have lasted through the summer and into the fall with no signs of running out of power. The motor is powerful enough to handle everything I’ve thrown at it; it is rated for 25 pounds of food, which is much heavier than anything I have put on the spit. I’m going to use it with my Thanksgiving turkey this year, which will be the big test. (That said, I always grill 12 to 14 pound turkeys, not the 20 pound monsters. I’m wondering if I can fit two twelve pounders on my Summit’s rotisserie spit, since I’m having a lot of people over this year. But I digress…)
*Another bonus: I found out the motor is very rain resistant…when I left it out overnight during a thunderstorm this week. I took the batteries out and put it in a bag full of rice for a couple of days, to absorb the water. I just put the batteries back in, and it is working like a champ.

The only minor issue with the motor is it is a little loose on my rotisserie mount; it was built for a slightly larger bracket. This results in the motor shifting around slightly when it is turning a heavy load of food. This was a little disconcerting at first, but it hasn’t had any effect on the cooking – it just keeps on spinning, with a little jump at the end of every rotation when the weight on the spit grabs it.

One final advantage? I can rotisserie in the rain without fear of electrocuting myself! I use a bowl as an umbrella, and the motor is protected from the rain.

Improvised umbrella
“Spinning in the rain”…sorry
Improvised umbrella – the bowl balances on the spit
and the motor

Looking for an add-on that will make your rotisserie grilling a little easier? Pick one of these up. You won’t be disappointed.

Cordless Rotisserie Motor from Amazon.com
[Update 9/29: You can also get the motor, with a plug-in AC cord directly from the manufacturer: Battery Rotisserie Motor at onegrill.com]

What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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