Cooking With a Charcoal Spit Roaster
Cooking food with a charcoal spit is not just an easy way to get taste-tempting, great looking food, but it is also one of the healthiest forms of cooking. Since there is little oil or grease, if any, introduced into the cooking process, calorie and fat content are drastically reduced.
There are a number of foods that can be cooked this way, and those include poultry, fish, pork, lamb, beef, and even vegetables can be placed in a spit to bring out the flavour. However, a whole pig is often the preferred option at large functions, and there are a lot of reasons for this.
Roasting can be compared to baking except that higher temperatures are used for this method. This tends to cook the meat more thoroughly and since it is rotating, more evenly as well.
When deciding to set up a charcoal spit, there are a few things that should be considered. First of all, you have to consider the weather, particularly the direction of the wind and how hard it is blowing. Of course, you can accommodate any weather conditions if you can find suitable shelter.
When planning a party where you will be roasting whatever cut you choose, consider that it is often better to have too much of a good thing than to not have enough to go around. Remember, people with full stomachs are much happier than those who are running on empty. You want your party to be a memorable experience, so make sure that when you put on the feed, you feed real well.
Most parties are planned events, so if you are going to be using a charcoal spit to make your guests happy, make sure to make preparations well in advance. That way you will not disappoint attendees because you could not find the right carcass you had been promising.
If you are going to be roasting a whole pig, lamb, or goat, remember that it takes a long time for them to cook. A whole pig weighing 40 kgs will take between 8 hours to reach desired internal temperatures. Don't wait until just before your guests are to arrive to start cooking, unless this is going to be an all day and all night event!
Cooking outdoors is a lot of fun, and that is why so many people do it. However, there are other reasons for using outdoor cooking equipment. One of those reasons is the sheer enjoyment that comes from simulating how food was cooked at an earlier time in human history.
Other reasons for standing at a grill or spit making sure the food is cooked just right have to include the pleasure it gives you to see the way others rave about your cooking prowess. By adding a spit to your repertoire of cooking implements, you are going to be seeing more smiles of enjoyment than ever before.
If you're still unsure whether spit roasting is for you, check out our previous blog post 5 Reasons You Should Own A Spit Roaster.
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by: Rhiannon Peterson