Free up your oven this holiday season by using your gas grill to cook your turkey. That’s right, you can grill your whole turkey and keep the mess out of your kitchen!
Turkey on the GRILL?!?!? Yes, it is a Gr8 way to roast your turkey. Your oven space is free for other dishes and you don’t get the mess in your oven that roasting a big bird often causes.
When we were first married our home was a small condo with one oven and we were having our family over for Thanksgiving dinner…20 people, one oven, what to do? My friend, Terri, told me that she had heard of people cooking turkeys in their gas grills, so of course, this seemed to be the perfect solution!
We have done our turkeys on the grill ever since. They are always juicy, flavorful, and beautifully browned; and they seem to cook a little faster than in the oven.
Put the turkey on a sturdy rack in a roasting pan and cut off any excess fat. Then salt and pepper the inside of the breast cavity and stuff it with the herbs and citrus.
Tie the legs then pat the outside of the turkey dry with paper towels. (Discard the towels immediately.) Rub the outside of the bird liberally with olive oil then salt and pepper.
The turkey cooks in the grill using a convection like method. This works best if your gas grill has 2 or more burners. Heat all burners on the grill on high. Once the grill is heated, turn off one of the burners. Place a small pan filled with water over the burner or burners that are still on. Then put the turkey in the roasting pan on the grate over the burner that is off. Close the lid of grill.
Rotate the pan every 30 minutes or so to ensure even cooking. Also, make sure that you keep the pan with water filled. I recommend refilling the pan with hot water from the tap instead of cold.
If the drippings on the bottom of the pan become dry, add a small amount of water. You don’t want them to burn because they will make some yummy gravy!
|6 to 8 pounds||2 to 3 hours|
|8 to 12 pounds||2 1/2 to 4 hours|
|12 to 18 pounds||3 1/2 to 5 hours|
|18 to 24 pounds||4 1/2 to 6 hours|