How To Use A Rotisserie Counterweight
What’s that thing that came with my rotisserie?
Using a rotisserie on a Weber grill can be a lot of fun, not to mention how great the food that comes off of one can taste. One of the questions related to using rotisseries that Weber Customer Service gets asked from time to time concerns a counterweight that is included with our Kettle Rotisserie (2290) and an older gas grill rotisserie (7517).
Rotisserie 7517 isn’t used on any of the Weber grills currently sold today, but as many people know, Weber grills last a long time and die hard. I myself have a 15 year old Genesis Silver B and own a 7517 rotisserie.
The purpose of the counterweight is to promote a more even rotation of the food placed onto the rotisserie shaft. It isn’t always necessary to use the counterweight, but if the food being cooked has an irregular shape it can be beneficial.
For instance, things like roasts are shaped fairly evenly enough that the counterweight might not be needed. Poultry, however, can have a deep breast and a relatively flat back.
The deeper the breast is relative to the body of the bird, the more likely it is for the rotisserie shaft to turn faster as the breast rotates downwards towards the bottom of the grill and then slower as the breast begins to rotate upwards again.
Attaching the counterweight to the rotisserie shaft
First, unscrew the retaining loop (a small black ring) from the wooden rotisserie handle.
Next, position the counterweight hanger between the handle and the retaining loop.
Then, reattach the retaining loop by screwing it back into the handle, making sure that it is tightened down sufficiently to hold the counterweight in place and keep it from moving as the rotisserie shaft rotates.
To properly position the counterweight for even rotataion, make sure to have the counterweight positioned so that if the breast of the bird is pointing upwards on the shaft, the counterweight is pointing down.
Double check to make sure the counterweight is firmly secured into place before turning on the rotisserie motor and you should now be ready to make some delicious food that will delight you and all your guests! If you want to rotisserie a turkey like in the photo above, check out this blog post.
Learn more about how to set up your rotisserie here.