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Top 10 Rotisseries 2017

Spit-grilled grub isn’t only for kebab restaurants and professional chefs. You, too, can get your cooking juices flowing at home with this type of rotisseries. Many are multi-featured, including convection, frying, and toaster settings, but all are designed to do as a minimum one aspect: whet your carnivorous appetites with crisp, juicy, and succulent meat.

Ronco Showtime Digital Rotisserie and BBQ - Platinum Edition by RoncoCuisinart TOB-260N1 Chef's Convection Toaster Oven, Stainless SteelWaring Pro TF200B Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/SteamerGrizzly Spit RotisserieHamilton Beach 31104 Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie, SilverRonco EZ Store Rotisserie, StainlessCuiZen CUI-76278 Vertical Rotisserie, Black/ChampagneCuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie with Touchpad ControlsOneGrill Heavy Duty Universal Grill Rotisserie Kit- 45'' X 1/2'' Hexagon Spit Rod & 50 lb. Stainless Electric Motor (Grills Up To 39NutriChef PKRTVG34 Rotating Kebob Cooker Vertical Rotisserie Oven

Reasons Why Rotisserie is Better

The rotisserie is a method of roasting meat by rotating it over a heat source. The meat is skewered along with a spit that turns evenly to cook it from the outside in. The spit is a long steel rod designed to hold the weight of the meat and puncture through without damaging it. Rotisseries like these are primarily used for larger animals to be roasted whole; pig, turkey, and chicken are prime examples of optimally roasted meats.

While there are a number of ways to cook meat, roasting by rotisserie has many advantages over flat grilling. Flat grilling is often associated with the idyllic summertime barbecue with the patriarch supervising hot dogs on a gas or charcoal grill. These grills are prone to flare ups, burning the outside of the meat, and undercooking the interior.

A flare up is when juices from the meat fall off into the coals and further stoke the fire. The result is larger flames crisping the skin and preventing the inside of the meat from being fully roasted. The rotisserie eliminates this issue; the juices don't leave the meat, and a juicier cut is the result.

Rotisseries are more predictable with grilling times, whereas a closed grill has the cook supervising frequently and often overcooking the meat. Basting is not necessary with a rotisserie method. Since the meat is always rotating, the juices inside rotate as well, and no moisture is lost. As another bonus, the rotisserie can be a cleaner option. I'd rather suspend my meat over a flame then plant it on a dirty, rusted rack that has been exposed to the elements.

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There are a few options and styles of rotisserie. The most common method is a horizontal rotisserie, which you may have seen before in your local grocery store's deli, whereas a shaved lamb for a gyro would be on a vertical rotisserie. The latter is more common in Middle Eastern cuisine; Doner kebabs and shawarma come to mind. The vertical spit needs the heat source to come from the sides, so a campfire would not work.

This spit is beneficial, however, for greasy meats like lamb and al pastor, which are drained by gravity. Also, seasonings and sauces can be added to the top of a vertical rotisserie to drip down and flavor the meat below. A simple example would be pineapple juices running down and caramelizing with the meat, creating a delicious combination. The horizontal spit is more commonly found as an attachment to a grill or as a stand-alone unit to be used over an open flame.

Some modern models are simply convection ovens that come with spits for the option of a rotisserie. They may be vertical or horizontal spits. While versatile, these small ovens cannot fit chickens or other meats larger than 4 or 5 lbs., which can be rather limiting, not to mention the fact that they need electricity to work. If you chose a non-electric model, you will need to supply an open flame or have a grill. It is the consumer's preference as to which model will be preferable.

Depending on the use of your rotisserie, a manual model will differ from an electrically operated model. The open flame rotisserie is ideal for camping, BBQ grilling, or a large outdoor event such as a pig roast. The rotisserie might be as simple as a spit skewer to lay across a gas or charcoal grill. The rotation of the spit may be operated manually, although some clever rotisseries rotate by an electric motor which keeps the roast at the same revolutions per minute.

The rotisserie oven is for smaller meals that don't require the time and energy to build a fire (or for the smart city slicker who doesn't have space or means to build a flame or operate a grill, for example). They take up less space and operate indoors with ease without creating any smoke.

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The earliest recorded literature about roasted chicken comes to us from the Medieval period in France. In the 12th century, King Richard the Lionheart was a large supporter of grilled chicken, and of course its popularity grew.

In Medieval times, using a spit for cooking meat was the preferred method, particularly for the working class. An individual, usually a young boy, would stay by the fire and slowly rotate the meat by hand. This task was given to an assigned spit boy or spit jack.

As technology improved, different power sources were implemented to ease the process. Mechanical turnspits, steam power, shifting gears, and even dogs on treadmills were all used at one point or another to turn the golden meat. Luckily today, some spits are electric to ensure a slow, even roast with minimal supervision and energy. Much to your pooch's delight, I might add.

Since the 1930s, the rotisserie chicken has been available to the American public via supermarkets. It has steadily been a consumer favorite, particularly with signature markets in Costco. You should note that all displayed chickens in the market are treated with a water and salt solution; otherwise, they would not survive the extended roasting period. As fast food rose to prominence in the 1960s, home use of the rotisserie began to fade. Boston Market re-invigorated the method in the 1990s, as a way to meld fast food with home cooking.


#10.NutriChef PKRTVG34 Rotating Kebob Cooker Vertical Rotisserie Oven


NutriChef PKRTVG34 features: rotating vertical oven style - versatile meal prep & perfect for kebabs - high-powered heating element - energy efficient & time-saving cooking - adjustable timer setting - convenient heat-resistant tempered glass door - safe placement on any kitchen table or countertop - includes kabob rack with (7) skewers & grease drip tray - auto power off safety function - stain resistant & easy-to-clean - -technical Specs: - high-powered heating element: 1500 watt - max. The temperature reached: up to 464 Degree (240℃) - max. Time setting: up to 60 mines - Capacity: 22+ quarts - power: 110V.


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#9.OneGrill Heavy Duty Universal Grill Rotisserie Kit- 45'' X 1/2'' Hexagon Spit Rod & 50 lb. Stainless Electric Motor (Grills Up To 39")


The OneGrill 45'' X 1/2" Heavy Duty Rotisserie Kit is made for the grill enthusiast who wants the best in rotisserie cooking. The OneGrill 50 lb. Heavy Duty Motor features a stainless steel weather resistant housing, an anti-backlash gear train for a smooth operation of unbalanced loads, and quiet operation through a unique internal gear reduction. The heavy duty spit, forks, brackets, and counter balance system are all constructed of high-quality chrome coated steel for long life under daily use conditions. *Designed to fit grills up to 39" wide across the grill head. Featuring the OneGrill top rated Stainless steel electric Motor, this kit will turn loads up to a maximum of 50 lbs. perfectly balanced and evenly distributed. Please note for naturally imbalanced animals such as pig or lamb a 30 lb. weight limit is an achievable maximum expectation and additional counterbalancing may be required. This kit is backed by the OneGrill 1 year "No Hassle Warranty".


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#8.Cuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie with Touchpad Controls


Enjoy the benefits of an electric roaster without losing valuable counter space thanks to this unique, vertically designed rotisserie. One of the fastest, most efficient ways to prepare meat, the appliance can roast up to 8 pounds at a time, basting meat in its own juices as it rotates, while draining away unwanted fat and grease into a removable drip tray for healthier results. The unit provides simple touchpad controls with an LCD readout and five preset temperature settings: 325, 350, 400, 425, and 450 degrees F. Cook anything from chicken, salmon, or pork roast to shish kebabs or a medley of summer vegetables with the included accessories, which include an eight-piece skewer set, a roasting rack, a poultry tower, and a multi-purpose basket. Not sure where to start? A recipe book comes included with easy-to-follow dinner ideas. Other highlights include a removable chrome insert that reflects heat as the rotisserie turns to keep the temperature consistent, a three-hour countdown timer with automatic shut-off, a generous door handle, a viewing window, an interior light with an on/off switch, a nonstick interior, and dishwasher-safe parts for quick cleanup. Beautifully housed in brushed stainless steel, the countertop rotisserie measures approximately 16 by 15-3/5 by 17-1/2 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty.


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#7.CuiZen CUI-76278 Vertical Rotisserie, Black/Champagne


CuiZen's Vertical Rotisserie gives you a fantastic way to perfectly cook a wide variety of dishes. Programmable timer and temperature controls ensure that no food becomes overcooked or undercooked while the non-stick drip tray makes cleanup a cinch. The included cooking basket also allows, even more, foods to be cooked. Includes eight skewers.


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#6.Ronco EZ Store Rotisserie, Stainless


Rotisserie chicken is a nationwide favorite, millions are sold in grocery stores each year. Love the idea of a home rotisserie but short on countertop space? Then meet your new kitchen favorite, the Ronco ST5250 Series EZ Store Rotisserie, the compact version of the Ronco classic. Load the chicken or turkey onto the non-stick spit assembly, and set the timer. The specialized heating element and precision rotating speed efficiently circulates heat to cause excess grease and fat to drip away. The digital timer makes the Ronco EZ-Store Rotisserie easy to use and automatically turns off when the time is up. In addition to making delicious chicken, the versatile rotisserie will make delicious appetizers, entrŽes, even desserts. The included Rotisserie basket is perfect for hamburgers, chicken pieces, vegetables, whole fish and fish fillets, steaks, chops, cutlets and smaller flat roasts. You can cook like a pro and then put this rotisserie away, although we suspect you'll want to leave it out for daily use. Overall Width Side to Side: 17.75 Inches Overall Depth Front to Back: 15.25 Inches Height 12.75 Inches. The Nesting Design is for easy storing, breaking down to only 7.75O high. Includes the Multipurpose Basket, Rotisserie, Spit, Carving Platform, Removable Drip Tray, Oven Gloves and Food Ties.


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#5.Hamilton Beach 31104 Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie, Silver


Stylish, space-saving countertop cooking with Hamilton Beach Toaster Ovens

Hamilton Beach Toaster Ovens are efficient, attractive additions to your busy kitchen, thanks to their ability to maximize power, efficiency, and convenience. Short on kitchen space?

Hamilton Beach Ovens incorporate a variety of practical features and temperature options for incredible versatility. Whether you want a revolving rotisserie for juicy meat or a convection oven for quick, crispy pizza, Hamilton Beach has the toaster oven for you.


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#4.Grizzly Spit Rotisserie


Just add food and flame. Portable and motorized Grizzly Spit Rotisserie, for that bistro - roasted taste anytime, anywhere. Rotisseries rotate food over heat for that thoroughly roasted flavor. With this Grizzly Spit Rotisserie, you can feast on rotisserie-cooked food whenever and wherever you get the hankering! It's portable and battery-powered, so it goes where you go, from the boat to the backyard. And it's ideal for roasting your "catch of the day" while you're camping, fishing or hunting. Use over an open fire, charcoal bed or barbecue grill; Replace batteries after 20-30 hours of rotation; Requires 2 D batteries (not included); Includes two 26" vertical support poles, 36" polished steel cross bar, 2 spit forks, gear reduction motor and canvas storage bag. Order Today! Grizzly Spit Rotisserie


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#3.Waring Pro TF200B Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer


The best turkey I've ever made! Thanksgiving was a huge success with this fryer. Watch the videos and follow the straightforward instructions and your bird will be perfect. While the instructions say up to an 18-pound bird I think that would be difficult to fit. We had a 16.25-pound bird which was about as big as I think this unit could reasonably hold. For our bird, the length was more of an issue than the girth--so your mileage may vary.


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#2.Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Chef's Convection Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel


Cuisinart chef's convection oven boasts 15 cooking functions and offers special settings for speed convection, sandwiches, and bagels. Heating power of 1800 watts provides quick heat up time, precise temperature and perfect results every time. The easy-clean nonstick interior is so roomy it can hold a 13-inch pizza, 9 slices of bread, a 9" x 13" baking pan or an entire 9-pound chicken. The easiest way to make a real home-cooked meal - every day!


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#1.Ronco Showtime Digital Rotisserie and BBQ - Platinum Edition by Ronco


Cut fat and carbs naturally and easily!; Polished platinum silver color exterior; Multipurpose basket; Rotisserie spit and food ties; Non-stick carving platform


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