Without a viable cooking container, spit-roasting small game over an open fire is your next best option. I say ‘next-best’ option because it’s always more nutritious to stew small game to take advantage of every last drop of fats, oils, etc… And besides, you can always toss in any other wild edibles that you may have access to. My post today is about 2 TRICKS I use when I spit-roast small game over and open fire. These 2 tricks are involved in choosing your skewer stick (the stick that goes above the fire and holds the meat).
If you’ve ever tried to spit-roast any kind of animal in the field (without access to many modern amenities) there can be 2 main frustrations.
- Frustration # 1: Securing the animal to the skewer stick so that is doesn’t spin or flop around as you rotate the skewer.
- Frustration # 2: Keeping your skewer stick in 1 place so that it doesn’t spin freely to one side all of the time.
I have a very simple and field expedient process for eliminating both of these frustrations with absolutely ZERO modern tools. It’s all in how you choose a skewer stick.
When it comes to choosing a skewer stick for a spit-roast set-up, you need to look for 2 main features. Once you’ve determined the length that you need to comfortably span your fire you want to look for a branch or sapling (MUST BE GREEN WOOD) that has a couple of branches about half way across the span and a couple of branches at one end. Notice the placement of the small branches on the skewer sticks I’m cutting in the photos below.
Cutting a stick with small branches in the middle allows you to use these smaller ‘skewers’ to secure the animal to the main skewer without the need for wire or cordage. Notice how I’m using these smaller branches to secure the squirrel in the photo below so that it doesn’t fall off, spin, or flop around when I spin the main shaft.
Securing the game to the skewer is only half the battle when it comes to spit roasting. Making the skewer stay where you want it to is the other struggle. When you just place the skewer across your ‘Y’ supports like in the photo below, the skewer will automatically rotate to the heaviest side.
This is where the small branches at the end of your skewer stick come into play. The addition of a simple ‘positioning stick’ as seen in the photos below can give you complete control over when the skewer stops. This way you can set your skewer and take care of other camp chores instead of having to constantly baby-sit the skewer.
Conserving energy and giving yourself the option to multi-task are both priorities in a survival scenario. This is just one simple trick that helps with both. I hope you’ve found it insightful. For those of you signed up for our SurviVacation Clinics next season we will review this set-up as well as other great tips and tricks first hand.
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,
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