When I saw this set-up – and the incredible looking, golden-brown chicken it was producing – I just had to share it. While back home in northeast PA to visit family over the Labor Day weekend, I was invited to stop by a big, three-day long gathering of friends at a little, old, 1950’s ski lodge. This homemade rotisserie – and the juicy, golden, mouthwatering chicken roasting on it were the first thing I saw. This crazy contraption just goes to show you what a little ingenuity can do.
With just a few spare bits and pieces, they had turned the fire pit into a gourmet cooker.
And as you can see from the pictures, they sure know how to throw a cookout – rotisserie chicken… baked potatoes… a bushel of corn on the cob… clams and crabs (you’ll see the pots in the background if you look close)… and, off the to side and not photographed – an old furnace oil tank converted into a 6 foot tall smoker loaded with succulent ribs.
Oh and check out the water cooled motor on the rotisserie – e.g. they had so many chickens roasting on it that had to keep putting ice cubes on the little electric motor to keep it from burning out.
If you try rigging something like this of your own, I’d highly recommend using a motor large enough for the load you plan to place upon your rotisserie versus uusing ice to cool it – after all my fellow grilling addicts, water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Fortunately, in this case when they built their rotisserie, they made sure the motor and wiring connections were well sealed to protect them from the elements – so the unanticipated need to cool it with ice didn’t pose a big risk…)
Needless to say, these folks know how to have a good time.
If you’d like to try your hand at doing a rotisserie chicken on your own grill, here is a recipe that might help: How to Cook a Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill
And remember to keep an eye on the internal temperature to make sure it’s done.