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I Love My Rotisserie. What, It’s By Ronco?


It’s called the Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ.  I’ve made fun of Ronco’s infomercials for years, but this product really works well.  I love having it.  It makes excellent food with no fuss.  The one I purchased comes with two different sized baskets.

I bought a pack of 16 Chicken Legs and marinated 1/2 in one marinade, and 1/2 in another.  The first night I used the larger basket to roast 8 of the Legs — It works okay if you clamp down the cover tightly, otherwise the Chicken will flop around in the basket. 

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The second night I used the smaller basket, which fit the other 8 Chicken Legs perfectly.  All you do is place the Chicken in the basket, set the timer and forget about it.  I really don’t want to parrot the infomercial, but it’s pretty true — Although I find myself just staring at it sometimes, as it’s fun to watch the juices baste around it. 

Each time I’ve used it, the meat has been perfect.  However, there was one time that I cooked a Tri-tip too much.  Check back for another attempt at that in the future.

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TIP:  I learned that whether using the small or large basket, it’s necessary to line the basket sides with foil (shown above), to avoid overcooking those areas that rotate closer to the grill bars.

PIC Note:  You’ll notice in the pictures that the first batch of Chicken is darker than the second batch — That’s due to the sugar content in the marinade.  Sugar equals a darker coat, because it burns more easily.  It tastes good though.

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  1. June 3rd, 2008 at 12:59 | #1

    Ah, portable grilling. I recall so enjoying a portable grill that I used on my second floor porch, while living in South Orange, New Jersey. It was such a pleasure not to need to walk outside and over to the portico (where the big grill was parked) to cook. Of course, great ventilation is a prerequisite. And, truly, marinated chicken thighs are a delight. Thanks for the pictures, Shelly.

  1. June 26th, 2008 at 02:36 | #1
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