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Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey

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Thanksgiving will be here in one short week! For anyone hosting family and friends, panic might be setting in. While we can’t make your house bigger or the family drama disappear, we can help you make room in your oven.

Everyone frets about how they’re going to (1) fit a giant turkey into the oven and (2) fit anything else in the oven at the same time. The answer to freeing up valuable oven space is simple: use your propane grill! It might not be the most common method, but your bird will turn out just as plump and juicy as it would in a traditional oven.

Before you do any turkey prep, the most important step is to make sure your propane tank is full. You don’t want to run out of propane in the middle of cooking!

You can defrost and prepare your turkey in the same manner you would traditionally. However, we recommend placing the bird in a doubled up disposable roasting pan. This will prevent any issues with placing your metal roasting pan on the grill (discoloring and possible warping) and makes clean-up a breeze!

At go time:

  1. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high heat (around 450 degrees F) and turn all burners on.
  2. Once the grill has reached 450 degrees F, place the turkey in the double lined disposable roasting pan breast side up. Pour 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  3. Place the roasting pan on the grill and turn the center burner to medium-low. Close the grill. You want to maintain a temperature between 425 to 450 degrees F during cook time.
  4. Grill the turkey for 2.5 to 3 hours, checking the bird every 30 minutes or so, basting with juices from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Halfway through cook time, rotate the roasting pan and add more stock to the bottom of the pan if needed.
  6. After 2 to 2.5 hours (depending on your birds size), check the turkey’s temperature. You want the temperature taken in the thigh to reach 180 degrees F.
  7. Once finished, let the turkey rest for 30-60 minutes.
  8. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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