Barbecued Whole Turkey (Gas Grill)

Title: Barbecued Whole Turkey (Gas Grill)
Categories: Poultry
Yield: 12 Servings

1 Whole turkey; large enough
-for amount of servings
1 Stick butter
1 Recipe of your favorite
-stuffing
Salt and pepper
3 sl Bacon

——————————-BASTING JUICE——————————-
1 md Onion
1 Stick butter
Neck and gizzard
3 c Chicken stock or water or
-bullion
2 ts Chopped rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c Vermouth
1 c Sweet marsala wine
2 Lemons; juice of

I’ve prepared a whole turkey on both a gas grill and a Weber charcoal
grill. The largest turkey I’ve been able to prepare is about 14 lbs.

General instructions: Clean turkey well, removing any bits of pin feathers
and cleaning the cavity of any remaining pieces of innards. Soften a stick
of butter to room temperature and rub the cavity with half of the stick of
butter. Stuff with your favorite stuffing. With the remaining butter,
stuff a little between the skin and the breast meat and rub some over the
skin of the turkey. Stuff a little bit of the stuffing between the skin and
the breast also. Skewer the cavity opening shut. Also place a little
stuffing in the neck cavity, tuck the neck skin under and skewer shut. Salt
and pepper the turkey and I like to place about three pieces of bacon on
top of the bird. I know, I know – this is not exactly the most low
cholesterol way of preparing turkey–but none of us have a problem here and
we’ve been eating this way for many, many years.

I’ve found that instead of using a roasting pan it is easier to use a
homemade pan from extra heavy duty foil – using three layers of foil and
making it just big enough to hold the bird and the sides need to be about 2
1/2″ high.

For a gas grill, I have placed the turkey crosswise on the grill so that
the pan is evenly distributed over the two sets of jets. Set the flame so
that a temperature of 300 to 325 degrees is maintained. On my 44,000btu
grill, that is about the lowest setting. Cover with heavy duty foil for
the majority of the cooking. Time about 20 minutes per pound at 300
degrees. Remove the foil for the last hour of cooking. Every once in while,
baste the turkey with the juices (or with the basting juice recipe–to
follow). I have “hot spots” in the jets of the grill–so about twice
during the cooking I turn the turkey around (and the pan, of course) so
that one side is not more cooked than another.

Basting Juice: Melt the butter in a heavy pot over medium high heat. Chop
the onion and saute in the butter until just translucent. Add the neck and
the gizzard and continue cooking for about 4 minutes. Add the rosemary and
stock and simmer until reduced by half. Strain well. Use the gizzard and
neck in the stuffing or the gravy. For the basting juice, mix together the
stock preparation, one half of the marsala and vermouth and the juice of
one lemon. Use the remaining wine and vermouth and lemon juice if needed. I
use all of the mixture for a 20 lbs turkey, so I wouldn’t think you would
need to use all of it for a smaller turkey. This really keeps the turkey
moist and flavorful. BTW, roasting a turkey on the grill – even if you
don’t use this basing juice – makes a very, very flavorful and juicy turkey
(and whole chicken too).

DMFERRELL@HAPPY.UCCS.EDU

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