Rotisserie Chicken

What is Rotisserie Chicken?

Rotisserie cooking is simply attaching meat to some sort of device that rotates the meat while cooking it.  The meat can be chicken, beef, pork, rat, snake, etc.

If you have ever watched an old Western, you probably have seen a make shift rotisserie! (It dates back to even further than that.)

Today rotisserie chicken is the most popular type of rotisserie meat in the United States.  Walk into most major grocery chains and you see rotisserie chicken in the prepared food section.

The good news is that you can also make your own rotisserie chicken at home! There are a number of ways to do this.

  • Fire Pit
  • Gas Grill
  • Stand alone units

Fire Pit Rotisserei Chicken

The simplest type of rotisserie is to build a fire and use a hand crank to rotate the meat.  Rotisserie chicken over campfire with handcrankSomething like this would be great for your home fire pit or for camping.

Here is one review:

I like grilling to be an authentic outdoor experience. That means saying no to the gleaming stainless steel grills that are the size (and price) of my car. I like this one because it’s as basic as they get. I start a fire, set the grill above the coals an hour later, and it’s ready to go. No, it’s not fancy, but it does a great job. My only complaint is that the rotisserie spit has only one skewer, which makes it hard to balance a whole chicken. If there were three or four spears, it would hold the fowl more firmly. For the price, it’s a great deal.

Read more about this type of rotisserie.

Another option is an outdoor rotisserie with a motor.Rotisserie chicken spit open fire motor

This type of rotisserie is portable and battery-powered. You can use it over your open fire or charcoal or barbeque grill.

You can use it at home or while camping, fishing or hunting.

Here is a customer review:

After reading a couple of the other reviews I was hesitant to purchase this rotisserie. I purchased it anyway because it was the only reasonably priced one I found. Very happy I took the risk! Used it over the 4th of July weekend Roasting a whole chicken the first night camping and a duck the second night. Both birds turned out amazing!

You can read more about this device for cooking rotisserie chicken, rotisserie fish…

Gas Grill

There are several offerings to turn your gas grill into your own rotisserie for cooking meats!

If you have a gas grill or plan on buying one in the near future, you simple add a rotisserie unit like this and you can easily make your own awesome rotisserie chicken!

Here is just one review:

Used the forks for one large whole chicken. Used bands to hold wings and drums in place. Cooked a 5.5lb chicken easily. Tonight used it to cook a large brisket in a rotissiere basket without any problems.

Stand Alone Units

Although I love the open fire rotisserie, it is a lot of work.  With younger children this was a hit. Anytime you add fire to your cooking your kids are immediately interested!  (At least for awhile.)

However, you need to have the right weather, the fire, the time, etc.  So I ultimately go for a stand alone unit.  Here are my reasons:

  • Set and forget
  • Even heating/cooking
  • Nice aroma

The best reviews were for the Maxi-Matic and the Cuisinart.  The Cuisinart is the Cadillac of
at home rotisseries! It provides one of the fastest, most efficient ways to prepare meat!  It is ideal for rotisserie chicken!

This unit 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. It can cook anything from chicken, salmon, or pork roast to shish kebabs or a variety  of vegetables.

The Maxi-Matic is a cool oven that can be used for more than just rotisserie!

You can use it for grilling, baking, broiling, toasting, steaming and rotisserie. (I like to have as few appliances as possible!)

I always like to read reviews.  I’ve had this for about three years (back then it was sold under the name “Elite”), and have been very pleased with it. It can do just about everything effortlessly! It roasts, broils and rotisseries to perfection, and the warmer/steamer top is a great idea. It’s important to really securely tie up items like chicken, or else the spit won’t turn properly because legs or wings will brush up against the unit as the food is rotating. I haven’t used it for toasting bread slices, but have done bagels and they come out perfect. 

Here are several more reviews for the Maxi-Matic rotisserie oven.


Rotisserie chicken can also be readily prepared at home on an open fire, over your gas grill or in a self-contained unit. Go ahead and start making your own healthy rotisserie chicken today!  (Here is one of my favorite ways to make rotisserie styled chicken!)


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