Monday, August 26, 2013

Cajun Bandit Rotisserie Chicken

I am always on the lookout for a new toy to play with on the weekends. This new toy is usually grill or smoker related or some sort of new electronic gadget.  Sometimes its both.  Recently, while coming home from Sam's with another rotisserie chicken cooked somewhere between 6 hours and 2 weeks prior, I decided I would learn how to "spin" my own.  Instead of over-researching rotisserie options only to choose the the one with "free shipping" I decided to reach out to some friends on one of my favorite bbq sites. The Virtual Weber Bullet is great site and I knew I would get a lot of non biased opinions along with some outstanding pics of freshly spun backyard bird.  I simply asked for some feedback on rotisseries. The best 2 options seemed to be the Cajun Bandit rotisserie and the Weber version.  Both produce a great product, but 3 things were a must for me.
  1. Great Customer Service : Both CB and Weber are second to none.
  2. Portability :  CB is battery operated. Weber is electric and must be plugged in.
  3. Flexibility : I wanted to use this on my grill as well as my smoker.  Only CB would fit both.
I have dealt with Chris at Cajun Bandit in the past when I purchased a few BBQ grommets for my WSM and Mini WSM's. He is a great guy that always responds quickly when e-mailed.  After verifying that this would fit both my Weber grill and my 22.5 WSM, the product was ordered and on its way.

After grabbing a few whole chickens, I dunked one in some brine consisting of water, molasses, salt, brown sugar and sriracha.  You could say I was completely "WINGIN' IT" when throwing this chicken brine together.  (I apologize, I'm better than that). 

Counter Weight

I took a few minutes to assemble my new toy and had it up and spinning in about 15 minutes. It comes with a counter weight and a battery operated motor capable of spinning a 25 lb turkey.

Quiet Motor

I love that I can take this anywhere without having to plug it in. Perfect for tailgating.

Fits nicely on the Platinum

After covering the "lil' clucker" with some olive oil and chicken rub, I attempted to tie it up with some twine.  After all, it looks so easy on all the cooking shows and youtube. 3 beers and 45 adult expletives later, the bird was sorta twined up and held together nicely by the prongs.

Holds things in place tightly

She later escaped my twine, but not the prongs. 

Spinning at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes so far.

No sauce required

The skin starts to crisp up at the 20 minute mark.

Getting Crispy!!!

After  30 minutes, she is still spinning.

The motor is very quiet and never hiccup'd once.  This is a great new toy.

35 minutes and the juices ran clear. The internal temp was 165 and off she came.

Time to tear into it.

This was by far, the most moist bird I have ever had. It's even better than my favorite Beer Can Chicken recipe. The skin is crispy, the meat is tender and the flavor was incredible. It looks like sauce was added, but that is from the olive oil/rub/brine combo and the constant spinning which cooks the bird in its own juices.  I love my new gadget!

I cannot say enough about the Cajun Bandit Rotisserie and already have 10 recipes lined up to try.  A pork loin is on deck next!!!  Chris runs a great company and is a pleasure to do business with.  If you love great BBQ, this is a must for your back yard grill/smoker. I was not paid or given anything free for this mini review.  I just love getting the word out on great BBQ products.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Just curious how much noise the motor makes. We like to sit on our patio with guests while grilling. Is the motor quiet enough that conversation is not affected or is it a little annoying? Thanks!

    1. It's not noisy at all. You can hear it but it's not distracting or annoying. You'll love it.

  2. Hello. I have 18 and 22 inch grills as well as 18 wsm and a 18 cajun bandit stacker. Any thoughts on which size rotis I should get?

    1. I love mine that fit my 22 inch Weber performer and 22 inch WSM. You can't go wrong either way. If you have more 18 inch cookers, maybe go that route for more versatility!