As the Turkey Turns – #Recipe: Rotisserie Turkey Breast

Yes, I bought the rotisserie off the late-night infomercial, and I liked it! They swayed me with the twirling meat basting in its own juices…  I could almost smell the skin crisping on the strangely large organic free range chicken…

One credit card and 10 days later, plus shipping and handling, the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie and Barbeque Oven arrived.  (Turns out, you can order one from Amazon, but that is entirely beside the point!)


I take the holidays as a challenge! It is my personal goal to use all the ancillary kitchen appliances I own, at least once a year, to justify their continued existence in the pantry.

Rotisserie, you’re up! It’s Turkey Time. BTW-every time I use it, I ask myself why I don’t use it more. The product that comes out of it is seriously worthy.

I started with a 4 pound boneless turkey breast that I picked up at Costco. It is the perfect size for 2-dinners plus lunches for a few days. After washing and drying it, I rubbed it down with PLENTY of salt and pepper, then tucked fresh sage under the mesh.

TIP: If you don’t have mesh around your bird, use twine to hold the beast together. 

Insert the rotisserie through the breast in as centered a position as possible. If you don’t get it centered, the meat will flop every time it turns. This can tear the meat and you’ll have a real mess on your hands. #experiencetalking

Place the unit in the rotisserie and set your timer! No basting needed.


The instructions called for the bird to cook 15 minutes for each pound. Take a seat near the oven door. You’ll want to watch. It’s mesmerizing!


Turns out it took an extra 15 minutes to get it to turkey’s recommended internal temperature of 165F. I pulled it out at 160F, tented it with foil and let it rest 15 minutes before slicing it.


The turkey comes out sooo juicy. You won’t even need gravy! The sage flavor really  permeates the skin and gives the turkey an amazing herb aroma.

I have done several different types of meat in the rotisserie. Turkey, chicken, pork loin and even gyro! It always cooks perfectly and tastes amazing with very little effort. The drip pan is non-stick, too. Clean up is a snap. I’m sold.

Might be a good gift idea for the meat-lover on your holiday gift list this year! (or for yourself! You don’t have to wait until 2 am!)

Note: the above reflects my own opinion. I am not receiving any endorsement from Ronco or any other late-night informercial serenading me for my credit card… 

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