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FAQ Subject: I have a rotisserie RPM question
I am building a larger indirect heat cooker so that I can smoke as I'm cooking large cuts of meat on a rotisserie. I will be cooking 20+ pound cuts at a time.
My question is what is the proper RPM for a rotisserie?
I have three at home and they are different speeds.
In my opinion, the ideal speed for a rotisserie is 0 rpm. Meat cooks just as well and just as fast sitting still and quiet on the grill as it does whirling noisily and it doesn't have to be balanced and won't have an ugly brown hole where there should be a lovely pink center.
However if you must: The sole benefit? of rotating is that, theoretically, at the ideal speed the fat and juices would not drop off but be retained on the surface for a longer period. Therefore, if you intend to cook pieces of varying circumferences, you need a variable speed drive. Check with David Klose at www.bbqpits.com and get the check book out.
Recommend that you click into "According to Smoky" and read the "Glossary," "Burning Wood & Blowing Smoke" and "Heat."