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Spit roasting a whole lamb

post #1 of 12
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Ever since I bought my new spit I am always looking for an opportunity to use it. Last weekend I had about 15 friends over and roasted a lamb for them. For many of them it was their first time experiencing a lamb roast and it was a great time.

I posted a blog entry in my blog here :

http://www.cheftalk.com/forums/blogs...lamb-spit.html

and

Photos are posted here:

Roasting a Whole Lamb on a Spit - ChefTalk Photo Gallery


As a side note if you are looking for a nice simple spit that can handle an animal between 40-65 pounds the guy that makes my spit really does a nice job. And, you can't beat the price (350.00 USD).
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post #2 of 12
Great photos, Nicko! The end result looks succulent and delicious. :lips:
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post #3 of 12
How do you know how hot to keep the fire?

Did you cook it to medium?

Please remind me where you got the spit.

Thanks!
post #4 of 12
Looks like Easter! Those potatoes cooked in the drippings were really something I bet!

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post #5 of 12
Nicko, 2 questions:

1) Where can I buy the spit you have?
2) When did you throw on the potatoes, i.e., what the cooking time for them?

Thanks,
Tony
post #6 of 12
1. http://www.xlmanufacturing.net/Rotisseries.asp They are on the Northside.

2. Depending on what you are roasting the potatos might not come our right, ex: for a lamb without that much fat.
You can do vegatables instead.
Or if you do potatoes, I would put them on during the last hour and keep checkign them after 30 minutes.
post #7 of 12
Man, that looks good! Mmmmmm.... Yummy. :rolleyes:
post #8 of 12
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Hey Tony,

So Abe is right about where I bought the spit but you already got yours from the company you told me about. You should post their linsk so others know where to get the spit.

For the potatoes I used regular idaho russets quartered. I put them in a pot of cold water and brought them to a boil and removed them and drained the water. If you have a 40# pig you can put this in after about an hour on the spit. Line the drip pan with aluminum foil. I threw in quite a few heads of garlic, dried Greek oregano and lemons.

Everyone who tasted those said they were the best potatoes they ever had.


Abe and I are doing a lamb this Saturday ( am actually just consulting on the set up). :)
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post #9 of 12
I found a place local to NYC where you can buy spits:


Kanesbbq
dot
com

(I can't seem to post a link as I have less than 5 posts!)


I ordered their K23 and it should arrive tomorrow. I will be roasting a lamb the weekend of August 16th and will definitely be trying it with potatoes.

Thanks for all the info!


-Tony
post #10 of 12
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photos please post photos
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post #11 of 12

renting a spit?

I went to the shop you got your spit from but they only sell
does anyone know of any places in Chicago where I could rent a spit for roasting a lamb?
I've been wanting to do this for a while but I know it's not something I plan to do often enough to justify buying one.
thanks!
post #12 of 12

Here is a list of what you will need (This is Nicko's list which I'm reposting):

1. roll of heavy duty aluminum foil

 

2. drip tray (for under the spit)

 

3. small table

 

4. 2 large cardboard boxes

 

5. Knives: Chef knife, boning knife, meat clever.

 

6. several large zip ties

 

7. 2 20# bags of real hardwood charcoal

 

8.  hand held 3 prong garden rake

 

9. 2 pairs heavy duty gloves

 

10. 2 pairs of plastic surgical gloves

 

11. 2 rolls paper towels

 

12. needle and twine (optional, not recommended)

 

13. hack saw

 

14. ice bath to cool hands when carving

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