Has anyone barbecued a whole Turkey? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
By suzuki06 from CA
Do you mean on a grill or what. I have known people that have grilled them on an outdoor grill with a spit. I don't know that they did it, but I have heard it is really good.
Don't stuff it. It takes too long for the stuffing to cook. We use mesquite charcoal. Start the charcoal and wait until it's gray (just embers). We place ours in a roasting pan (not a cheap aluminum one that could burn), season it with Pappy's seasoning, then just put the lid on our Weber charcoal kettle grill. Baste every so often and, depending on the size of the bird, it could be done anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes.
We used to just season with salt, pepper, and garlic then baste the bird with a whole bottle of peach wine (cheap Boone's Farm) but now we just prefer Pappy's and smoke.
We did this one year. We thawed the turkey, rubbed an entire big bottle of BBQ sauce all over it, and wrapped it in 3 layers of foil (it took a few rolls) and put it on our BBQ. It was not a large turkey and we kept it covered with the lid, rotated it every 1/2 hour, and you may need to add more coals. On a gas BBQ, use the outer burners to keep the heat around the turkey, same for charcoal, and make a big doughnut shape with the coals. We prefer hardwood chunk charcoal, it's hot and lasts a long time. When you check the turkey for its temp (we used a probe thermometer), be careful because liquids build up in the foil. We used pot holders and dumped it into a pot to boil down and make BBQ-gravy. We just poked a hole and poured it out, it's messy, hot, time consuming but VERY delicious! And worth all the trouble!
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