Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sit and Spin . . . and GRILL!

One of the things I really love about my new grill is that it comes ready to attach a rotisserie! No sooner had I figured that out than I ordered one and received it in the mail, the thoughts of spit-cooked meats dancing in my mind.

Weber Rotisserie Attachment

I imagined this would be idyllic like that time Jamie Oliver found a 100-year-old antique wind up spit roaster and cooked a leg of lamb over a trench he dug in the ground and filled with coals. It wasn't quite the same, rather it was a grill wheeled out behind a garage with an extension cord dangling on the side, but it was still one of the meals I've been the most excited about making in a long, long time.

Chicken on Rotisserie

It was not actually that idyllic. This one ran on electricity. Electricity that was not as available outside as I had assumed it would be. I worked around this by connecting two extension cords together and dangling them out my window to power the thing.

I'm glad I made the decision to get the plug in version. While this is not ideal it is better than having batteries die mid roast and having a chicken that is raw on one side and burned on the other. However it was raining today so the chances of being electrocuted were dramatically higher than with a battery operated model.

Rotisserie Grilled Chicken

The end results were impressive. While no chicken can compare to the Cob Cob Chicken I made for Passover, this chicken turned out great. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and put it on the spit for two hours on the lowest burner setting. The meat was tender and moist and the skin crispy and delicious.

Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Avocado

I made a salad with blue cheese dressing, cornbread, and this baked potato with sour cream and tons of chopped avocado as an accompaniment.

Founders Brewing Co. Porter

For a drink I thought this Porter from Founders Brewing Co. would go down nicely with some roasted chicken. I was right. At 6.5% ABV it was one of the lowest alcohol beers I've had in a long time. I could have easily gone for another but I rarely buy more than one of the same beer. This beer had nice roasted coffee notes and a dark chocolate bitterness.

This beer was dark, rich, and sexy, much like the wealthy baroness displayed on the bottle. I haven't had a porter in a while and I'd recommend this one strongly for any meal of grilled meats or rich creamy cheeses.

I'd also recommend it to oil tycoons looking to make an honest woman their wife.

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