How to Build a Homemade Spit

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How to Build a Homemade Spit
Rotisserie chickens can be created on spits. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

With large groups of people to feed, roasting individual cuts of meat on a barbecue just doesn't fulfil the need. However, roasting an entire animal, from a goat to a pig, on a spit is a wonderful way to create the perfect presentation as well as a large quantity of meat. Purchasing these spits can be expensive and difficult, so creating your own is often the most viable option.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Large stainless steel pipe, longer than length of drum
  • 44 gallon metal drum
  • Metal saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, diameter of pipe
  • 1 rotisserie motor
  • Wooden saw horse

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  1. 1

    Place the barrel on one flat end. Cut it in half from top to bottom. This will create a lid and bottom.

  2. 2

    Set one half of the barrel aside. Drill a hole 1-inch from the cut flat end on the top of the other half, centred in the middle. Repeat this on the other side of the half -- this is where the spit will fit.

  3. 3

    Insert the rod all the way through. Attach the motor, according to the manufacturer's instructions, to one end of the rod.

  4. 4

    Trim the rod, with the metal cutter, if necessary. Flip the saw horse over.

  5. 5

    Place the bottom of the barrel, with the spit in it, in the middle of the flipped saw horse. Place the other half over it when cooking to retain heat. Place the motor beside it.

Tips and warnings

  • A variety of sizes of barrels can be used, from small beer kegs to large oil drums.

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