Grilling A Turkey
Will you be spending Thanksgiving in your outdoor living space? Have you thought of spending thanksgiving outside? Imagine preparing thanksgiving dinner in your outdoor kitchen. Those of us who live in warmer climates this is very possible. I found a great article on how to grill a turkey and felt compelled to share it with you all.
Grilling a turkey is not the most common or conventional way to cook a turkey on Thanksgiving, but it is delicious if it is done the right way. There are a few ways you can grill a turkey. The first is simple. You can break apart its legs, wings, breasts, thighs, etc. fire up the grill throw them on it. This article is about how to grill an entire butterball turkey on the grill. I am using information from the butterball website and you can see the full article here.
Things to be aware of when grilling a turkey.
- These instructions are for 10 - 16 lb turkeys.
- Do not stuff a turkey you are going to grill.
Preparing the Grill
Step 1 - Remove the grill grate and place a drip pan underneath it. Put the grill grate back on.
Step 2 - Set-up your grill for indirect cooking. If you do not know how to do this then look in the owners manual of your grill.
Step 3 - Close the lid and preheat the burners for 10 - 15 minutes. Once you have preheated turn the grill temperature down to 350 degrees.
Preparing the Turkey
Step 1 - Remove the giblets and neck. Drain the juices and pat dry with a paper towel.
Step 2 - Turn the wings back and tuck the legs.
Step 3 - Brush or spray olive oil so you have covered the entire turkey. Your turkey is ready to grill.
Cooking the Turkey
Step 1 - Once the grill is at approximately 350 degrees place the turkey on the grate with its breast facing up.
Step 2 - Close lid and cook the turkey to an internal temperature of 180 degrees in thigh and 170 degrees in breast. 10 - 16 lb Turkeys will take about 2 - 3 hours to grill.
Step 3 - Remove and let it sit for 10 - 15 minutes before carving.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!