Have you ever grilled a turkey, or knew it was possible? I didn’t, but after some research, I learned it is very possible, and very delicious! Many people believe this way to be the best way to cook turkey because of the constant tenderness and juiciness results.
The first step is to prepare your grill – gas or charcoal – for indirect heat cooking. Most recipes suggested placing a drip pan under the grate to catch the flavorful juices to be used later! Make sure to rinse the turkey and pat dry before turning the wings back to hold the neck skin in place. Then, return legs to a tucked position. Brush turkey with oil and season inside and out with your seasoning preferences. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a metal grate inside a large roasting pan and arrange on grill. Grill for 2 to 3 hours, to an internal thigh temperature of 180°F. Remove turkey from grill and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before carving. If you choose – pour juices on top of turkey after carving to lock in extra flavor, or add it to your gravy. More details on this recipe can be found here.
For a charcoal grill, first remove cooking grate and open all vents before positioning drip pan in the center of the charcoal grate with 23-30 briquettes along each side of the drip pan. Burn the briquettes until covered with gray ash, which should take about 30 minutes. Place the cooking grate in the grill over the coals and start to prepare your turkey. Make sure to turn the wings back and tuck the legs like mentioned above, and spray the entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil before seasoning. Place turkey breast up, on the cooking grate over drip pan and cover the grill, leaving the vents open. The key to charcoal grilling is adding 6 to 8 briquettes to each side every 45 minutes to an hour. Cook the turkey to internal temperature of 180°F in thigh and 170°F in breast, remove and let stand at least 15 minutes before carving. More details on this recipe can be found here.
Although I have never grilled a turkey myself, this method does seem fairly simple and extremely delicious! Try this uncommon method of turkey cooking this Thanksgiving, and be sure to let us know how it came out. Why not try something new, you never know – it could be a new favorite!
Happy almost Thanksgiving!