Homemade Electric BBQ Rotisseries

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Homemade Electric BBQ Rotisseries
Build your own rotisserie to use with your outdoor grill. (porcelet grillé image by manuelclerc from Fotolia.com)

Rotisseries are rotating mechanisms which hold food over a heat source as it cooks. Animals such as chickens, hams and goats are commonly roasted on a rotisserie. Rotisseries help to ensure even cooking to the food items which it holds by constantly rotating over a heat source, which prevents the food from burning. In order to cook food evenly, the rotisserie must continuously turn without stopping. You can manually crank your rotisserie if you want to, but save your strength and construct an electric rotisserie which turns on its own.

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Things you need

  • Outdoor grill with side tables
  • Rotisserie kit
  • Electric adjustable speed motor
  • Extension cord
  • Pulley, 4-inch diameter
  • Pulley, 2-inch diameter
  • Welding torch
  • Protective eye wear
  • Heavy duty rubber belt
  • Wood board, 1 square foot
  • Drill
  • 4 bolts, 3-inches long
  • 8 washers to fit bolts
  • 8 nuts to fit bolts
  • 2 adjustable wrenches
  • Philips head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Assemble the rotisserie kit according to the manufacturer's directions but do not attach the motor, if supplied. Also, do not attach the handle. If the handle is factory installed onto the rotisserie rod, remove it to expose the bare rod underneath.

  2. 2

    Attach a 4-inch pulley to the end of the rotisserie rod where the handle used to be. Slide the pulley onto the rotisserie rod and push it toward the middle until it rests against the nut at the end of the rod. Weld the pulley into place. Wear protective eye wear while welding.

  3. 3

    Attach a 2-inch pulley to the rotating bolt on the front of the motor and weld it into place.

  4. 4

    Attach the 1-square foot wooden board on the right side table of the grill. Drill 4 holes, 2-inches apart, through both the wood and the grill table. Insert washer onto each bolt and drop the bolts into the holes. Slide a washer onto the bottom of each bolt. Screw a nut onto the threads of each bolt and secure the board in place by tightening the nuts. Insert the Philips head screwdriver into the top of each bolt to hold it into place and tighten the nut with an adjustable wrench.

  5. 5

    Attach the motor to the wood using the supplied mounting hardware. Mount the motor toward the front of the grill as far as you can. The pulley must face the grill.

  6. 6

    Attach the rotisserie kit to the grill using the supplied mounts. Many outdoor grills contain rotisserie slots on the side walls. If your grill has these slots, drop the rotisserie rod into the slots, with the pulley side facing the motor.

  7. 7

    Align the pulleys of the rotisserie rod and the motor. Attach a rubber belt to the pulleys. Use a belt that is tight when attached to the pulleys. A loose belt won't work.

  8. 8

    Plug the motor into an outlet. Since you are working outdoors, you will probably need an extension cord.

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