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How Many Types of BBQ Rotisserie Kit Are There?

How Many Types of BBQ Rotisserie Kit Are There? - Maria's Condo

The realm of BBQ rotisserie kits is a diverse one, filled with various options that can transform your grilling experience. If you've been limiting your rotisserie to just grilling chicken, you're in for a surprise!


Rotisserie Cooking: Beyond Chicken

Contrary to popular belief, a rotisserie isn't only for chicken. This versatile accessory can also be used to prepare other delicacies such as prime rib, leg of lamb, and even suckling pigs. So, if you're looking for a way to expand your BBQ menu, a rotisserie kit is your best bet!

BBQ Rotisserie Kits: The Two Major Types

When it comes to rotisserie kits, there are essentially two types to choose from. Each type typically includes a motor, motor mounting brackets, mounting hardware, a spit rod, a spit rod handle, and spit forks. Some may even come with a counterweight.

Branded Rotisserie Kits

These are made specifically for a certain model of a grill. The advantage of this type is that you're assured it will fit your grill perfectly. However, these kits are usually more expensive than their universal counterparts.

Universal Rotisserie Kits

As the name suggests, these are designed to fit most standard grills. They are generally more affordable, and their motor brackets have multiple mounting holes to accommodate various grill models.

Understanding Rotisserie Baskets

For added versatility, consider getting a BBQ rotisserie with a basket or cage. The basket will attach to the rod, either through the middle or exterior of the basket. There are two main types of baskets:

Tumbler Basket

This type allows vegetables or other small items to move freely during the cooking process.

Flat Basket

These are best used for delicate foods like fish that may fall apart during cooking1.

Selecting the Right Spit Rod Size

Standard length spit rods are 31 inches long, suitable for an average size 3-burner gas grill. To determine the spit rod length you need, measure the length of your grill hood and add four inches to the measurement. When in doubt, it's better to have a spit rod that's slightly too long rather than too short.

Upgrading Your Rotisserie Kit

Once you've selected your rotisserie kit, you can always upgrade the different parts. You can find a variety of rotisserie parts available, from additional spit forks to battery-operated motors.

Mounting a Rotisserie Kit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Mounting a rotisserie kit is a straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you:

  1. Start with the motor mounting bracket. Place two screws into the bracket and slide them through the hole in the bracket and the side panel of your grill.
  2. Slide the motor onto the bracket and the spit rod into place.
  3. Adjust the mounting bracket as necessary and tighten the screws once you're satisfied with the rod clearance.
  4. If your grill has notches for the spit rod, a bushing bracket is not needed.
  5. Place the rod into the motor and slide it into position.
  6. Place the counterbalance onto the handle side of the rod.
  7. Screw on the handle stopper and handle.

Choosing the Right Rotisserie Kit for Your Grill

While rotisserie kits are usually made for a specific make and model of a grill, some universal models can be adjusted to fit your preexisting outdoor grill. If you need assistance in finding a kit that will work with your grill, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

Automatic Rotisserie Kits

If you're looking for ease of use, consider investing in a high-quality automatic rotisserie kit. These are portable and can be used on many different barbecues, grills, kamados, and drums. They can hold up to 11.2 lbs of meat and can run for up to 50 hours with 4 AA alkaline batteries.


A rotisserie kit is a must-have for any BBQ enthusiast. Whether you choose a branded or a universal kit, remember that the ultimate goal is to enhance your grilling experience and expand your BBQ menu. So, don't limit yourself to just grilling chicken – explore the endless possibilities a rotisserie kit offers!


  1. Grill Rotisserie Buying Guide 

  2. Choosing a rotisserie kit for your grill 

  3. Rotisserie cooking 

  4. The ultimate high quality automatic Rotisserie kit

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