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Man standing next to a spit roaster with meat on a rotisserie


When your friends walk into your backyard and are greeted by a spit roaster they know they're in for a feast of incredible flavours. Spit roasters have been used since the beginning of time and for good reason. If you want to get a party started, get this barbie started.


1Add charcoal to the spit roaster

Cover the base of the tray with unlit charcoal. The amount of charcoal used depends on the amount of meat you're cooking. A kilo of charcoal for each kilo of meat is a rough guide. Ensure there's enough fuel to cover the underneath and a couple of inches over. 

Person spreading charcoal beads in a spit roaster

2Light the charcoal

Empty a full chimney of lit briquettes evenly over the length of the charcoal and, once the charcoal is glowing, use a tool to spread charcoal evenly. For best results, the flame should not be directly under the meat. It should surround the meat, thus preventing fat dripping onto the charcoal and causing flare ups and burning. 

Person pouring hot charcoal briquettes into a smoker

3Just add the meat!

The smoker will reach ideal cooking temperature for your chosen meat quickly, so make sure you're ready to bring in the rod, attach your meats and switch on the rotisserie!

Person attaching a rotisserie rod full of meat to a spit roaster

4Find your perfect barbecue or smoker

Ready to get started barbecuing or smoking your favourite food? Check out some our recipes and ideas to get you started. Or, take a look at our great range of barbecues and smokers and you'll be cooking in no time!

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.