How to Grill a Turkey This Thanksgiving
There is perhaps no Thanksgiving tradition as venerated as the cooking and consumption of the turkey. Turkey, to many of us, means family, tradition, and abundance. But let’s be honest, as powerful as turkey is as a symbol, eating it is not always a pleasant experience. Many times, turkey comes out dry and tastes bland and flavorless. You need to douse it in cranberry sauce and gravy just to make it taste good. What if there was a better way? What if there was a way you could cook your turkey that would improve the flavor? What if the cooking method was also kind of fun? What if you grilled your turkey?
Why You Should Grill Your Turkey
Grilling a turkey is a great way to cook your bird so it comes out juicy, smoky, and succulent. Plus, it frees up your oven for those yummy side dishes! It takes a little bit of work, but the results are out of this world.
1 10-15 Lb Turkey
Cooking Oil (Corn Oil, Peanut Oil, Etc.)
Gas Grill or Kettle grill and charcoal
Prepare Your Grill: You will be cooking your turkey via indirect heat. On a two burner gas grill, turn on both burners and close lid for 10-15 minutes. Then, turn off one burner while leaving the other on at medium heat. On a charcoal kettle grill, set up the grill for indirect heat and put your charcoal on each side of the center. Light both sides and let the fire settle to the white ash stage. For more specific instructions, refer to your grill’s owner’s manual.
Prepare Your Turkey: Remove the neck and giblets, and pat the turkey dry inside and out. Coat the turkey with a light layer of oil, and sprinkle generously with salt, inside and out. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan to catch drippings. Do NOT stuff the turkey. If you want stuffing, cook it separately in your now empty oven for about 30 minutes.
Cook the turkey. For a gas grill, place the roasting pan on the unlit side of the grill, close the lid, and let cook for 2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches approximately 170 degrees Fahrenheit. For a charcoal kettle grill, put the pan in the center, between the 2 mounds of lit coals. Close the lid, then and add charcoal every hour.
Remove turkey from the grill and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
Grilling a turkey is a great way to take a family tradition to the next level. Enjoy your smoky, delicious turkey, and all the compliments you’re sure to get from the people eating it.