Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Our Review

Model: Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Platinum Edition

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Review Date: June 15, 2012

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Summary: The Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Platinum Edition is one of the larger compact home rotisserie grills on the market and is also one of the top sellers. It comes with a complete range of accessories, not a cut down version as with some other Ronco models.

Special Platinum Edition Features:

  • Precision rotation speed
  • Perfect preset temperature
  • Horizontal cooking option for flavor
  • Tempered-glass door and 3 rack positions
  • Removable crumb tray for quick cleanup
  • Specialized heating element and air vent positioning
  • Oven gloves, food ties, instructional DVD plus recipes
  • Measures 16-1/2 by 14-1/4 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Includes 10-by-10-inch enamel baking pan and 10-by-10-inch enamel broil rack
  • Also multipurpose basket, rotisserie spit, carving platform, non-stock drip pan
  • 1800 Watt 3/5-cubic-foot 4-slice oven with 8 preset functions and Element IQ technology
  • Backlit LCD screen; time/temp control dial; defrost button; temperature-conversion button

Whether you are Mom or Dad, holding down a busy job, caring for your family, not to mention needing some time to relax means speed is of the essence in meal preparation.

And there is no arguing that one of the fastest cooking home rotisseries on the market is the super efficient Ronco Showtime Rotisserie. Top of the Ronco 5000 series, the ST5000PLGENC Platinum Edition is carefully crafted and easily able to hold and cook two chickens in record time, it boasts being the fastest home model available, amongst other features.

Heat & Rotation Control For Better Results

Some quite revolutionary ideas are included and unlike other similar machines, the Ronco allows you to control the way meat rotates. Firstly you can turn off the rotation all together if you prefer to roast in a conventional way for a change, which for a smaller meal for two is perfect.

Secondly, normal rotation will always produce succulent meats with that classic barbequed taste we all love but if you prefer, there is a pause-and-sear option which gives you a crisper finish to meat, lovely for pork – and is also very handy to caramelize the surface of vegetables once cooked through. This really is such a flexible machine it kind of takes over and suggests recipes to try.

As the meat or poultry rotates on the spit, fat is rendered out to drip into a tray, leaving your food moistly bathed in its own juices without you having to intervene and baste it. No fat is added to meat before cooking and a lot is removed, making this one of the healthiest and most mouth watering ways to cook meat you could wish for.

Common thinking is that buying a quality home rotisserie is a hugely expensive investment and do you know what? That’s not true at all. Big gas rotisseries can come with a large price tag, but you don’t need a restaurant style grill at home to achieve the same taste and succulent results.

The Good Points

  • Flexible cooking features including pause & sear option
  • Very fast cooking time, so fuel efficient too
  • Ships with comprehensive recipe book and DVD
  • One of the larger home rotisserie machines and able to handle two largish chickens simultaneously
  • Comprehensive spread of accessories including a good sized grill basket to accommodate awkward shaped meat joints, burgers and vegetables
  • Users like it – has a massive 5 stars awarded by 125/137 customers at the time of writing

Not Such Good Points

  • Some customers have experienced warranty problems, so be aware
  • A few people say the heat can be too intense on suggested settings when cooking chicken

Bottom Line

This is an exceptionally well designed and robustly engineered appliance, which really does cook very quickly. It is compact, but larger than other models like the Baby George or one of the space saving vertical models.

So Is This The Best Rotisserie For Home Use?

Well, if you are looking for an appliance that will feel the whole family easily and give years of solid service, then this good quality home rotisserie is probably one of the best value options currently on sale. It makes a great gift too.

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie