What Size Spit Roast Do I Need

Bigger Isn't Always Better.

Spit roasting is a healthy and exciting alternative to oven cooking or frying food in the pot. Spit roasted food has an amazing taste and less grease. Apart from the taste factor, spit roasting can also be a fun and enjoyable social activity with family and friends. But is spit roasting something that you can only do in your backyard?

Spit roasters have come a long way since the days of the big and heavy meat maker that was confined to the backyard. There are a variety of weights and lengths available that provide convenience and portability. This makes the dream of owning a spit roaster a smart and achievable option for everyone. See our separate blog post on portable spit roasters.

Short: 50cm in length

If you are short of room and only plan on cooking for a small number of people, you can get away with a 500mm long spit roaster. Keep in mind that you may only be able to fit 2 chickens or 2 small rolls of meat. A short spit roaster is ideal for small family gatherings or that Sunday roast.

Short size BBQ roaster might not be the best option for serious spit roasters. However, having one as your secondary roaster can be a great idea, particularly if you are planning to have a party near the beach or like to go camping. A small size BBQ rotisserie stands out when it comes to convenience.


Medium: 75cm in length

If you live in an apartment with a small balcony, owning your own spit roaster is still very achievable. You may not be able to spit roast a whole lamb or pig but considers a smaller model like the 500mm or 750mm.

If you have no intention of cooking a whole animal and are more likely to just cook a couple of small roasts, chickens or gyros on your spit roaster, a 750mm spit roaster is a great choice for entertaining a decent group of friends. 


Long: 130cm or greater in length

If you are planning on using your spit roaster to cook a whole lamb or pig, the minimum length you should purchase is 1300mm. Anything shorter than that and you will not have room to retain the legs. The shank of a lamb is the best part and it would be a shame to have to cut it o­ff because your spit roaster was too short. A full size spit roaster is perfect for catering large functions, sporting events or charity days.

Extendable Spit Roasters

Another option to consider is an extendable spit roaster which expands and contracts in length to suit your needs. Depending on the occasion and what you’re cooking, you can easily reduce the length and cook for a small gathering, or extend it for a big occasion to cook a whole animal.

The extendable spit roaster also packs up small enough to fit under a bed!

You can also check our blog post that will guide you on what decisions to make when looking for the Perfect Spit Roast for Sale.


This is a picture of the spit roast buying guide banner that links to a page where you can download the free guide to help you with your spit roaster purchase





by: Rhiannon Peterson