You will be impressed by what you can do with a rotisserie grill burner. It is an extra burner or attachment to a grill which enables you to cook food on a rotating spit. You can add a rotisserie skewer alone to a charcoal or gas grill, but a burner attachment is a different thing. A rotisserie grill burner is a dedicated burner, either gas-fired or infrared, usually set up in the back or sides of the grill. Many brands of grills have rotisserie attachments designed for specific models, and there are also the kind which have a universal design to fit on any brand.
Roasting food on a spit requires low temperatures and time. The goal is to sear the outside and seal in the juices. In order not to burn the food, you want the heat source to be indirect. In charcoal grills, the coals are moved to one side of the pan once they are ready and hot, and replenished every half hour or so. Gas grills either have dedicated burners or temperature adjustments along with a barrier between the flame and the food. Infrared rotisserie grill burners are usually located in the back of the grill. The infrared heat source cannot be used at the same time as the gas heat source.
Whichever kind you choose, you will want to use a drip tray beneath the food as it cooks, which will keep the grill clean and provide basting juices or drippings for gravy, as well as preventing flare-ups and burnt food when used with charcoal or gas flames. Selecting the best one will depend on the kind of grill you use, and also the kinds of food you want to cook.
There are all kinds of things you can do with a rotisserie grill burner. You’ve seen those ready-to-eat whole chickens in grocery stores and food markets. With your own grill and dedicated rotisserie burner, you can duplicate those chickens and create your own specialty flavors at half the price. Chicken is not all–if a food can be cooked on a spit, it can be cooked with a rotisserie grill burner. Think of pork loin, roast beef, boneless leg of lamb, small turkeys, and even duck and goose! The only limitation would be the size of the grill and the power of the rotisserie motor.
You can also cook whole fish, butterflied chops, ribs, or other food that does not skewer well in rotisserie baskets so that it benefits from the even cooking that constant rotation provides. This is a convenient and flavorful way to cook that you can take advantage of, now that you know what you can do with a rotisserie grill burner.