Welcome to our big barbecue skewer test 2019, where we present all the barbecue skewers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the web. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best product for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a barbecue skewer.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important facts
- 3 Barbecue Rotisserie: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a barbecue skewer
- 5 Decision: What types of barbecue skewers are there and which is the right one for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate barbecue skewers
- 7 Facts worth knowing about barbecue skewers
The most important facts
- A spit for the barbecue is a real extra benefit for some dishes. Gyros, chicken and the like turn out much better on a spit. For some dishes, such as suckling pig, a spit is even a must.
- Turning spits are available in manual or electric form. An electric motor drives the spit slowly and evenly so you don't have to worry about it.
- The material, the length and the right accessories make the perfect spit. On the following pages you will find out which options are available and how to choose the perfect model for you.
Barbecue Rotisserie: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a barbecue skewer
Who is a rotisserie suitable for?
What dishes can I make with a barbecue rotisserie?
- Suckling pig
- whole chickens
- Kebab meat
- large roasts
- Skewers with vegetables and meat
- Robber skewers
How much does a rotisserie cost?
As a restaurant owner, however, it is worth investing in the three-digit range.
What alternatives are there to a rotisserie?
Decision: What types of barbecue skewers are there and which is the right one for you?
There are basically three different types of barbecue skewers, which differ according to how they are powered. Some models are powered by hand, but most have a small motor. This can be powered by mains electricity or a battery.
Barbecue skewers with motor on electricity
Motor-driven barbecue skewers ensure even rotations themselves. You can sit back and relax and just check every now and then to see if the food is already cooked. The host can then comfortably chat while the food is cooking. However, the necessity of the power supply also has a few disadvantages. You have to make sure that the barbecue is close to a power socket. Often you need an extension cable and there is a risk of someone tripping over the cable. With a powered rotisserie, you have less flexibility overall.
Battery-operated rotisserie spit
The battery-operated barbecue spit also works without manual labour. The battery ensures that you are independent of both helpers and the mains - the perfect choice for a camping trip. In general, however, battery-operated motors are weaker and cannot meet the requirements of, for example, a folk festival or a restaurant. If you want to cook a whole suckling pig or serve dozens of people, a grill motor with a power supply is the better choice.
Here you have to do it yourself and make sure that the spit rotates evenly. For smaller quantities of grilled food, this can also be a good option. Besides, many hobby grillers enjoy being actively involved.
Skewers without electricity are of course cheaper to get and you don't have to have a socket available or think about batteries. On the other hand, it is more difficult to turn the food evenly by hand.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate barbecue skewers
You can use the following features to compare barbecue skewers and find the best one for you. There is no such thing as the exact right rotisserie. It always depends on what exactly you intend to do with it.
Electric or hand-operated
If you are looking for a more original campfire ambience, a manually operated spit might be the best choice for you. Otherwise, you will probably prefer the electric version, either with batteries or with a power supply.
What dishes will the rotisserie be used for?
Some dishes require special features from the chosen rotisserie. For example, if you want to roast gyro meat vertically, your skewer needs a stopper to prevent the meat from sliding off.
Large dishes also need meat pins to fix them sufficiently.
Dimensions & material
Make sure that the barbecue spit fits into your barbecue. Measure your barbecue before buying. So-called universal models fit into any standard grill. Almost all rotisseries and meat spits are made of stainless steel, cast iron or chrome-plated cast iron. In the following table you can compare the advantages and disadvantages of these materials.
|Stainless steel||rust-free, easy to clean, food-safe, temperature-resistant, scratch-resistant||expensive, stores heat less well|
|Cast iron||stores heat and speeds up the grilling process, cheaper||cannot be cleaned with water or detergent, sensitive to temperature fluctuations, difficult|
|Chrome-plated cast iron||inexpensive||can rust, nickel particles can pass onto the food, sensitive to scratches, can cause allergic reactions, difficult to clean|
As you can see from this table, you should use a stainless steel spit if possible.
Power of the motor
The grill motor must be able to move the amount of food you are skewering. It must therefore be powerful enough. Some manufacturers specify how much food their motor can move. The voltage of the motor also indicates how much power it has. A whole pig or many meals are best roasted with a strong 230-volt motor. Small dishes such as stick bread already work at 10 volts.
It is hard to avoid the fact that most grilled food is not uniformly round and therefore sometimes tugs on the motor when turning. When buying a grill, you should therefore allow for a reserve load. The motor should not be constantly at its load limit. In the following table we summarise which dishes are how heavy. This will help you to estimate the strength of the motor needed to prepare your favourite dishes.
|roast beef||2.25-2.75 kg|
Load limit of the barbecue spit
Some rotisseries are designed for small and light portions such as chicken. However, if you want to hang a whole pig on it, for example, you should make sure that the spit can withstand the load. The manufacturer should provide information about the maximum number of kilos you can spit. You can buy spits that can hold between 1.5 kg and well over 50 kg.
Sometimes the food is unevenly heavy and large. In this case, a counterweight can help. It can be aligned on the spit so that the centre of gravity is shifted back to the middle axis. This ensures that the food is cooked evenly again.
Facts worth knowing about barbecue skewers
How can I build a barbecue rotisserie myself?
The motor should run so fast that the juices are neither thrown away nor drip down. When you buy a motor, make sure that it makes between 2 and 10 revolutions per minute. Skewers are also available without a motor and other accessories. How do I cook dishes on a rotisserie if I don't have a rear burner? A grill with a rear burner is not absolutely necessary to grill with the spit, but it has many advantages. If you use a rear burner, grease burns less often and you get an even grilling result with delicious roasted flavours. But if your barbecue doesn't have one, that's not so bad. You can still conjure up many delicious dishes with your rotisserie.
Which accessories make sense for me?
A basket can also be hung on the spit. You can make very tasty vegetable and potato dishes in it. A basket should also be made of stainless steel. Make sure that it is finely meshed enough so that your food does not fall off. In this video you can see some delicious examples of dishes you can prepare in the basket.
A meat thermometer is recommended when using a rotisserie, as it is more difficult to check if the food is cooked. The temperature in the middle of the food should be measured 10-15 minutes before the estimated cooking time. This way you can estimate whether it will take longer.
This device is also attached to the large spit and consists of many small spits arranged in a round shape. This way you can extend the space on your spit.
A tub under the spit catches the remaining gravy so that you can make a delicious sauce out of it.
What should I bear in mind when grilling with a rotisserie?
The food should always be rotated evenly. In addition, it must be distributed as evenly as possible from the spit so that it cooks at the same time. For example, skewer a chicken exactly in the middle. Remember to use a drip tray for juices because juices in the embers are toxic. Food must be defrosted and at room temperature before it is grilled on a skewer. In the following table you will find approximate cooking times.
|dish||approximate cooking time|
|whole chicken||60-90 min.|
|skewer with small pieces of meat||7-8 min.|
|whole duck||60-90 min.|
|suckling pig||240-300 min.|
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