How to Make Roast in a Rotisserie

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Make roasts in a rotisserie to prepare moist, evenly browned meat. Rotisseries work by providing an initial high heat to open flavor molecules, according to Larissa Taboryski, Purcell Murray's culinary director. They cook food evenly and brown roasts without charring them since the flame never touches the roast. Rotisseries generally come in two forms: either as a spit you attach to a gas grill or a freestanding rotisserie. Choose bone pork roasts or beef roast cuts that could include eye of round, rump roast or prime rib. Prepare your own spice or marinade mix at home or purchase a pre-made mix from your local grocer.

Things You'll Need

  • Marinade ingredients
  • Resealable freezer bag
  • Paper towels
  • Dry rub seasonings
  • Garlic cloves
  • Knife
  • Drip pan
  • Meat thermometer
  • Marinate your roast, if you prefer marinades to rubs. When using a marinade, mix the ingredients or use a pre-mixed marinade available from your local grocer. Choose from ingredients such as honey, olive oil, beer, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic cloves, cumin, paprika, thyme and sage to prepare a marinade. Place the roast in a resealable freezer bag or shallow pan with the marinade. Marinade in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.

  • Turn your rotisserie to "On" and select 400 degrees F for the temperature if using a freestanding rotisserie. If using a gas grill, ignite the grill and preheat it to medium heat.

  • Rinse your roast under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.

  • Rub your selected dry rub seasonings on the outside of your roast. Possible options include garlic, teriyaki seasoning mixes, lemon-pepper, salt, pepper, garlic power, thyme, sage and fajita seasoning. Cut four slits evenly spaced in different areas of the roast. Stick a half of a garlic clove in each slit.

  • Slide your roast onto the rotisserie skewer's center or place it in the rotisserie basket, based on your rotisserie model. Follow the specific instructions for your rotisserie.

  • Set a drip pan underneath the roast, if using a gas grill. Place the rotisserie on the grill; most grills provide a place to slide the rotisserie through. The rotisserie handles sit outside of the grill, while the rotisserie spit sits inside. You may need to plug some rotisserie spits into an electrical outlet for it to operate.

  • Turn down the gas grill's heat to low. Close the grill cover.

  • Roast a pork roast for 60 to 70 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Cook times vary based on weight; plan for at least 20 minutes per pound.

  • Remove the roast from the rotisserie and let it sit for 10 minutes before carving.

References

  • Photo Credit Venison roast with roasted potatos - close -up image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com
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