Cook your Christmas Turkey on Your Propane Grill

This year forget the oven and don’t even think about deep frying. This Christmas, go with using your propane grill to cook your turkey. There is something to be said about the smoky flavor and the juicy meat it produces.

The steps are easy and the results will be mouth watering that your whole family will want to you to do this method from now on, and you free up for oven for other wonderful side dishes.

The first step is to completely thaw your bird. Thaw it completely in the refrigerator before you put it on the grill. It can take several days to thaw so do it in the fridge as you definitely want to avoid getting food poisoning.

Indirect heat is recommended for cooking. Light one side of the grill and put your turkey on the other side. It is important to rotate your bird as you cook it.

Start with your turkey with the breast side up and the legs pointing to the back of the grill. As it cooks you will want to rotate it so the breast side is still up but the legs point to the front. This is done so it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn. How often do you turn it you say? Well the method I use is this: The weight of the turkey multiplied by 12 minutes per pound and divided by 3. So if your turkey is 12 lbs. x 12 min = 144 then divide by 3 equals 48. You then would rotate the bird every 48 minutes (more often toward the later stages of cooking).

Keep the hood closed just as you’d keep the oven door closed when you’re roasting a turkey, you’ll want to close the top of the grill so the heat doesn’t escape.

Propane Grilling: Have the Right Tools

It cannot be stressed enough that it is important to have the right equipment will make the job easier and the results that much better. You will need a shallow roasting pan to catch the drippings for gravy and a meat thermometer to know when your turkey is done. You want the internal temperature to reach 165 degrees for the breast meat. Don’t depend on that pop-up thermometer, unless you like your turkey dry and over cooked. When rotating your turkey it is best to use oven mitts. The last thing you want to do is drop it or break it apart trying to use thongs or forks to rotate it.

That is all there is to it. You will now have a turkey that is delicious and flavorful that it will really be a treat for your family and guests.

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