How To Prepare A Charcoal Spit Roast

How To Prepare A Charcoal Spit Roast


Prepare your meat the day before if you are cooking over 5kg of meat. Allow yourself 2 hours for preparation. This will give you plenty of time to prepare and avoid making mistakes by rushing your preparation on the day.


Experience is the key to having large successful spits. Practice your cooking skills before inviting 40 people over for a spit roast.


Tie the meat so no part of the meat can move. This will ensure the balance remains the same. If you are unsure how to tie the meat you can ask your butcher to balance and tie your meat for you.


Position the meat correctly using spit forks to ensure the meat is balanced. Ensure the spit forks are tightened on the flat of the bar. This allows for evenly cooked meat and maintains the motors life expectancy.

Once balanced and tied, hold the rod at each end and ensure that the rod does not instantly roll so that the weight is at the bottom. If it rolls to the bottom this means the meat is out of balance. When the meat is balanced the rod will not roll. If you’re unsure, place the loaded rod on the BBQ and turn the motor on. If the meat is balanced the motor speed will be consistent.


Only use good quality coals from trusted brands on our Portable Charcoal Spits. 

Evenly space 4 fire lighters in each sliding tray of the PortaSpit. Cover the fire lighters with enough coal so you can still see gaps where you can light the fire lighters. This should be 1 and a half layers of coal.

Once the coals are lit, spread them out using tongs and add more. The coals must be spread out past each end of the meat to ensure the ends are cooked.

Once the coals are lit and the fire starters have burnt out you can place the motor connected to the rod on the BBQ, secure the locking bush so the rod cannot move out of motor drive (as per instructions) and turn on the motor.



Place the BBQ in an open area to allow the air to circulate through the coals. If it is a windy day, move the BBQ to a partially guarded position away from the wind.