There are two Weber kettle rotisserie options available for the 22.5 inch kettles. The first is the rotisserie and mounting ring sold by Weber and the second is a similar product sold by Cajun Bandit. If you have a 26.75 inch kettle then the only rotisserie ring available is made by Cajun Bandit. The highly recommended Rib-O-Lator expansion module fits all models.
There are some subtle details between the two options and people tend to get brain lock trying to make a decision. The bottom line is that either Weber kettle rotisserie option will work fine.
Weber Kettle Rotisserie
For a many years the Weber kettle rotisserie had a really crappy design. It fit most kettles poorly and fit the Performer kettles even worse. In 2011 Weber changed the design of their rotisserie ring so it fits all 22.5 inch kettles, Performer included. The old design and the new design have the same model number (Weber 2290) but you can tell them apart as the box for the new model states that it will fit the Performer.
The Weber kettle rotisserie comes with a 22.5 inch support ring that is placed between the kettle and the dome. The black ring is made of porcelain enameled steel and has two slots and a mounting bracket for the actual rotisserie.The two items worth noting about the Weber kettle rotisserie are that the motor is much quieter than the one from Cajun Bandit and that it comes with free shipping from Amazon. Here are some other reviews for the Weber kettle rotisserie:
Cajun Bandit Kettle Rotisserie
The Cajun Bandit kettle rotisserie is extremely similar to the Weber product. The Cajun Bandit product also costs the same as the Weber product ($130) but you will need to pay another $35 for shipping making the total cost more expensive.
The most obvious difference between the two kettle rotisseries is that while the Weber product is made of porcelain enameled steel the Cajun Bandit is made of stainless steel.
A second difference is that the motor for the Cajun Bandit is powered by two D batteries. Many folks are worried when they see this as they think a battery run motor won’t have enough power to be any good. I have tested this motor myself and never had any issues with not enough power. The only drawback about this motor is that it can be a little loud.
Lastly, the Cajun Bandit that fits both the 22.5 inch Weber kettles and the 22.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain. This won’t be important to everyone but if you own a 22.5 WSM it’s nice to know. You can pick it up from Cajun Bandit here.
How to Use a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
You will want to use indirect heat when using your rotisserie. Place an aluminum drip pan in the middle of the charcoal grate and bank your lit charcoal on either side of the pan. If you are going for a high heat cook (think crispy chicken skin) then bank the charcoal on both sides of the drip pan. If you are going for a low heat cook (think pulled pork) then you only need to bank the charcoal on the side of the pan closest to you.
Here are a few posts showing the Weber kettle rotisserie in action.
- Pork Spare Ribs on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Pork Shoulder on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Pork Loin on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Pork Roast on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Eye of Round on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Pastrami on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Tri-Tip on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
- Beer Can Chicken on a Weber Kettle Rotisserie
Cajun Bandit Rotisserie for the Weber 26.75 Grill
If you have the Weber 26.75 inch One Touch Gold then your only rotisserie choice is the Cajun Bandit product. This rotisserie just became available in 2013 after much pleading from owners of this awesome grill. Weber never sells enough of the 26.75 incher to bother making accessories.
This kettle rotisserie comes a motor rated for 24 pounds, a heavy duty spit rod and an option to add some extra forks.
I interviewed the owner of Cajun Bandit, Chris Perres, about this product in September, 2013. Chris is a great guy; you can find the full interview here. I also had a reader share a video of his first cook (Thanks, Omar!) using the rotisserie for the Weber 26.75 inch kettle. I have the video posted below so you can see it in action and also listen to the motor.
Using the Weber Kettle Rotisserie with the Jumbo Joe
I will be the first to admit that this is just plain silliness. I will equally claim that this was a lot of fun! I started by placing four bricks on both sides of the Jumbo to support the rotisserie ring for my 22.5 inch kettle.
I then placed the lid into the Jumbo’s integrated lid holder and supported the rotisserie ring on the bricks. The lid will not close with this setup so you are limited to high heat indirect rotisserie cooking. This made a delicious rotisserie chicken and was a lot of fun! I realize that this is not the most practical setup in the world but I am okay with that. When it comes down to enjoying your hobbies practicality does not have to be the top priority.