Did you know the term “rotisserie originated in around 1450, in medieval France? In medieval kitchens the rotisserie, or the “spit” method of cooking meat was considered the superior and only way to prepare a roast. A male servant would be tasked with turning the metal rod of the spit slowly to cook the food.  He was known as the “spit boy” or “spit jack”. Later, mechanical spits were invented; first powered by dogs on treadmills, and then by steam and mechanical clockwork mechanisms.

Luckily in the early 1980’s, Ron Popeil invented the electric Showtime Rotisserie Oven eliminating the need to employ a full-time spit boy!4000_series_w_turkey-2

Rotisserie cooking is still the ideal way to cook a roast of meat. Many people know that you can roast a perfect chicken in one of our rotisseries, but often ask what else can I cook in it? Here’s a short list of some amazing dishes you can rotisserie:

Chicken– whole (of course) as well as thighs, legs, quarters, wings, breasts…cropped-homemeade-rotisserie-chicken1.jpg

Poultry-all kinds & cuts really, turkey and duck,  pheasant, quail, goose, partridge…IMG_6733

Pork– chops, roast, tenderloin, leg, ham, ribs…bigstock-Roasted-Pork-92168420.jpg

Fish– whole or fillets, salmon or tuna burgers…

Grilled Salmon Steak

Seafood– lobster, shrimp, crab…fresh-grilled-shrimps

Lamb– legs, roasts, chops, burgers, ribs…LambLoinChops

Beef– roasts, whole tenderloins, steaks, burgers, ribs, fajitas, strips…IMG_5108_FeatureImage

Kabobs– veggie, chicken, beef, seafood, sausage, pork, dessert, fruit…rotisserie-kabobs

Sausages- beef, pork, chicken, turkey, breakfast…grilled-sausages-indoor-grill

Fruits– any kind you would grill;  apples, peaches, pears, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges…

Grilled Peaches

Vegetables– Brussels sprouts, zucchini, squash, onions, tomatoes, peppers,eggplant, mushrooms, potatoes… really anything you would stick in the oven


After all these years the Showtime Rotisserie Oven is still a household favorite not only for its durability but also for its versatility.

Check out our “Everything Rotisserie” Cookbook for recipes and much more inspiration!


Chef Paja-Dejur Sanchez