Here are great tips and techniques Grilling Whole Turkey on the BBQ.
Whether it be grilling whole turkey or grilling turkey breasts!
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When thanksgiving and christmas arrives, I prepare my turkey on the grill...
It turns out absolutely delicious and tender when done right.
Use these grilling tips and techniques to get your barbecue turkey perfect everytime. Add your own variations of seasoning and marinades to suite your taste.
Let's purchase the perfect turkey!
Try get a turkey that is broad and flat. These are easier to cook through.
Buy turkey with a darker meat pigment. The darker the meat the better, as it can stand up to the high heat of the grill. (darker meat also holds flavours better!)
Great...we have got the perfect turkey, let's prepare
it for the grill!
• Sprinkle over fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary and oregano.
• Do not stuff the turkey before grilling, rather wait for turkey to cook and then add pre-cooked stuffing. (stuffing doesn't work well on the grill!)
• Place the turkey in the fridge for a good 4 hours before placing on the grill. (let flavours sink through!)
Perfect...our turkey is ready let's get it on the
Lightly grease the grill grid with a little olive oil. (prevent any sticking!)
Pre-heat the grill to a high heat and place the turkey pieces on.
Grill on the high heat for a minute on eachside. (sear the outside to lock in the juices!)
Turn the heat down to a medium heat and slow cook the inside!
Once done serve straight away!
Tips: A charcoal grill should be your first choice. Place wood chips on the burners if you using a gas grill to create smoke! Sear the outside to lock in the juices.
Don't handle the turkey with forks, rather make use of a
spatula. (avoid piercing the meat!)
We need to slow grill the turkey to cook the inside without burning the outside.
Lightly grease the grill grid with olive oil and pre-heat to a medium heat.
Place the turkey on the grill grid over the aluminum foil tray.
Grill with the lid closed to create an oven effect.
Once done leave it to stand for 15 minutes before serving. (let the juices settle!)
Tips: Use a charcoal grill or smoker to
prepare whole turkeys. Top up with 20 or so charcoal briquettes every
40 minutes to keep a constant heat.
Grilling Turkey breast, done in 1 - 2 hours (medium direct heat)
Turkey drumsticks or thighs are done in an hour (in-direct medium heat)
Whole medium turkeys are done in 2 - 4 hours (in-direct medium heat)
Next time you cook a turkey, you have to try it on the grill! Whether it be Thanks Giving or Christmas, you can't beat BBQ turkey!Enjoy!