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Turkey -- It's not just for Thanksgiving

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Turkey -- It's not just for Thanksgiving

Pappy | Jul 22, 2002 10:46 AM

I did a turkey on my Weber Kettle grill last night for the first time, and I was really surprised how easy and convenient this dish is.

I started with a frozen Empire Kosher turkey because I understand that their processing includes brining. It took 4 days to defrost in the refrigerator. I then marinaded it in orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, little cumin and smashed garlic for a day.

Lit a chimney full of briquets and banked them on the sides of the grill. Added lump charcoal on top of those coals, and gave that 10 minutes to get going. Placed a disposable aluminum pan on the coal grate with 2 beers in it for moisture, and placed the turkey over it on the food rack. Covered the grill and left it alone.

MUCH to my surprise, a 14 lb. turkey was completely cooked in exactly 90 minutes with zero interaction. Since this was now done way ahead of time, I placed it on the kitchen counter and tented loosely with foil. The whole house smelled wonderful as guests arrived. But best of all, when I went to carve 45 minutes later, the turkey was still hot enough to burn my fingers. Beautifully browned, crisp skin, perfectly cooked, moist, tender, slightly smokey, and faintly tasting of the marinade. There were six of us, and I bet we only ate half.

I just thought it was a great change of pace for the summer b-b-q season. Not to mention affordable. I think the bird cost me less than $10!

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