I didn't intend on this being part of the March challenge as I haven't yet participated, but here it goes. I have had the Joetisserie for a few months now and am always looking for a reason to use it. Since it's the time of year lamb is grilled, braised, smoked, etc. I've seen several post and decided to give it a try on the spit.
Picked up a 4 lb leg of lamb as Costco and followed a marinade recipe online:
3 to 4 tablespoon lemons, juice and zest of
1⁄4 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
I marinaded overnight and then set it up on the Joe for around 2 hours until the internal temp was 135. Since it was thicker in the middle the internal temps weren't consistent but it worked well because I like mine more on the rare side and the wife likes hers a little more done.
All in all I was very happy with the experience and will be adding lamb to my rotation.
We have a blue tile #7 that has gracefully endured the extremes of Boston weather uncovered for well over a dozen years, still cooking, but needs some TLC. I am looking for 1) directions on how to reset the tiles that have fallen off over the years, our attempt failed , 2) suggestions as to replacement or substitutions for what Richard called the Lumpsaver (the vessel used to contain the lump coal above the firebox), 3) a replacement handle for the draft door opening, which is also where the gas control is - ours is black ceramic ( handle works fine, but is chipped), and lastly 4) suggestions about what to use inside the grill to secure the frame that the draft door/gas control rods ride when opening and closing - I used furnace cement, but it failed.
I know it is a lot to , but advice or suggestions on even one item would be much appreciated - this BBQ has a lifetime of grilling left in her yet!
Finally I got around to finish this idea I had for a long time, ever since I made the pizza ring. I picked up a set of Weber Rotisserie and lathed part of the shaft round to fit the Akorn. I cut two little "V" on the pizza ring and the drive motor sits perfectly on top fo the side table - lucked out on that one! The chickens were marinaded with Hawaiian Huli Huli Sauce for two days, with some Hawaiian Salt Seasoning, freshly ground pepper and they turned out amazing. I gotta thank my neighbor who worked at a construction site and got me a tuck load of dried out Kiawe wood. It burns really hot and long lasting. I'm starting to put a kit together and will report back on the progress.
I'm throwing my annual Daytona 500 party Sunday and I grabbed 5 racks of baby backs at $2.68/lb. Boneless ribeye is on sale for $7.98/lb, so I'm planning on trying out the new rotisserie stand I got for Christmas over an easy cinder block pit I'm going to set up with a 7-8 lb rib roast. Never rotisserie'd anything before, so this could be a disaster. A few questions for each...
There will be a lot happening at once, so I'd like to get more done during the prep than during and after the cooks. I'm wondering if cutting the ribs into sections--or even individually as this article suggests https://www.smoking-meat.com/august-13-2015-pre-slicing-ribs-before-smoking-them--has been a success for anyone. My thoughts are smoke them for about 2 hours, put them all in an aluminum pan or two with some juice/sauce and rub covered for another 2, then take the top off the pans to finish them off for a bit. After that I can just set the pans out and let people have at it. This works beautifully with beef ribs, but I've never tried it with pork. It sure would save me time and aluminum foil during the cook. It will also keep anyone from grabbing too many and throwing meat away.
As far as the prime rib on the rotisserie, I'm planning on lighting a good base of coals topped with hickory logs I have and letting that dwindle down to a hot heap of coals. Should I offset the roast a little with a pan underneath with some water in it to use the juices? If so, I may be able to use our fire pit. I think this will be a 5+ hour process, so I'm sure I'll have to add coals. Since it'll be boneless, do I need to tie it with string or wire, or will the forks suffice? This is going to be an experiment for sure, so I'm glad I'll have the baby back-ups. Any open flame rotisserie experts out there? As always, thanks for the help!