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post #21 of 29

I was watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Channel last night.  They showed a Mexican restaurant in Chicago (I think) doing the meat cuts and mounting for the al pastor tacos.  You might be able to get the episode on the Internet or Netflix.


In looking at your spit, I doubt that you will be able to use direct drive in a vertical position; however you should be able to use belts, chains, or gears to drive a vertical shaft with the motor mounted separately.  I think the constant weight of the loaded shaft would burn the motor up too fast.  A small electric motor should have the torque to turn a vertical shaft but I don't think you should put the weight load on the bearings.



post #22 of 29
Looks like a good project
post #23 of 29

I am envisioning 2 or 3 electric oven elements mounted in your barrel with some mean of controlling the temperature. It would be nice to see the electric one you have pictured in action... to get a feel for the heat intensity.


Of course, If you chose to down size the roast to something smaller, you might be able to get by with less watts/Btus.


A gas or propane burner has the advantage of simplicity. Your retrofitted rotisary spit would probably do for occasional use.


That picture with the hunk o meat on the spit looks absolutely delicious. I can appreciate you wanting to recreate this dish. It looks like it would be righteously-good.

Edited by processhead - 4/17/12 at 4:50pm
post #24 of 29

I can assure you guys that tacos made this way are very, very good. It's funny, my wife is horrifed by "street meat", but I love it and have never had a problem. When in doubt, check out where the locals line up.

post #25 of 29
Originally Posted by DaveOmak View Post

 but there are some who use a vertical cage filled with charcoal. Very simple, you just drop pieces into the top as needed, and scoop the ash from the bottom when necessary.


mneeley .... Holy COWABUNGA batman.... Now that is an idea worth remembering....  how do I store that memory in my CRS pea brain for later use.... 


Thanks for that cool idea....   Dave

Dave, I can't take credit for the idea. I was just facinated with how resourceful the Mexican locals were, to be able to set up something like this so quickly on a street cart. You know, other tourists are suntanning, shopping, etc. I'm checking out the local Q.  Plus, I'm kinda pale and don't lounge on the beach much. Puerto Vallarta is a surf & turf, bbq foodies paradise. You wouldn't believe how good the snapper and shrimp on a stick can be.

Sorry about the thread drift. Carry on.


post #26 of 29

I see from Texmex that these are middle eastern in origin makes sense looking at them. Doner kebab here done by the Lebanese,Turks et al. Or yeeros if your greek. All gas fired .Good project. Like the sound of the pineapple. If I had a mechanical bone in my body I would make some suggestions on the build other than good luck.

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

Still no progress. I've been tied up with other projects. My master forge rotisserie is garbage in the horizontal position so I doubt it would help in a vertical set up. It barely turns a 5lb chicken on a good day. Any ideas on a vertical motor or a set up using a belt or chain?

post #28 of 29

I used a gear motor with sprockets and chain to drive the auger on my wood pellet feeder. The gear motor I used has a huge amount of torque. I think a rotisserie project would be a pretty straight forward do-it-yourself project.


These guys have some motors and parts priced very reasonably.  Make sure the motor you use is rated for continuous duty.


I used a motor similar to this one.







Edited by processhead - 5/6/12 at 7:18pm
post #29 of 29

Teez, go on Grainger's website, they have a 110 volt gear motor that turns 7 RPMs then use chain and sprocket to reduce it to 1 RPM. I used that set up on my rotisserie that turns

400 lb of meat and it works great. Might be overkill for what you want, but it will do the job.

Below is a picture of it on my cooker.





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