How To Grill A Juicy Tender Turkey On A Grill. Barbeque/Barbecue A Turkey.

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How To Thaw Turkey

HOW TO THAW TURKEY:

There are two methods for thawing a turkey:

1. Thawing in the refrigerator:

Leave in wrapping and thaw with breast up, be sure to place in a plate or tray in case of drips. You need to start your thaw at least a day ahead for every 4 lbs. The thawed turkey will be fine for 4 days after being thawed.

2. Thawing in cold water:

Thaw your turkey in cold water with breast down and still in wrapper. Place enough water on the turkey to cover it. Water should be changed every 30 minutes. It will take about 30 minutes for every lb.

Time To Barbecue.

It's easy to grill a turkey on any grill it comes out juicy and tender. We have always grilled our turkeys. We use to grill in a Weber grill now we grill in a gas grill. My husband grills even when the snow is flying.

This turkey came with giblets and gravy inside. It also has the little red button on it to let you know when it's done.

Once turkey is thawed, giblets removed, rinsed inside and out, pat dry. Butter outside of turkey and salt and pepper. Place in a large metal roasting pan. We use disposable pans.

I do rinse my turkey, but I don't use the water sprayer to do this. You should run water slowly and try not to splash. According to Butterball call in, you should not wash the turkey it will spread bacteria around the kitchen and send spray all over. I know a lot of us have a hard time not rinsing our turkeys. If you do rinse the turkey be sure to clean all around the counters and sink to get rid of any bacteria that may have sprayed out.

We don't put stuffing in our turkey, but we do put in oranges, apples and celery for extra flavor.

Get the grill ready, turn all burners to high. Close the lid and preheat 10 to 15 minutes to bring the grill to 300 degrees. Each grill may be different my husband says ours always shows 300.

Make sure to check the turkey in the grill in case water has run out. Add more water if need be. It does take less time to cook on the grill so keep checking to see if it's done it may take less than 3 hours. If it has the red button you will know.

We were visiting my aunt and uncle in Florida one Thanksgiving. My aunt gets up very early puts the turkey in the oven the way we all use to do, but the year we were there she let my husband cook the turkey on the grill. It took a 25 lb. turkey 3 to 4 hours to cook.

NOTE: Save the carcass and the vegetables for making soup. Makes great soup. I put the whole carcass and vegetables in a dutch oven, cover with water. Cook until all meat is off the carcass. Strain and remove any bone or skin you don't want in the soup. You can also remove the vegetables. Save the stock for later and add whatever ingredients you would like to make soup. You can add leftover turkey and vegetables and noodles to make a nice hardy soup.

If you would like less fat in the soup place in refrigerator for a couple hours and skim the fat off the top of the soup.

Getting Turkey Ready
Getting Turkey Ready | Source
Adding Vegetables and Fruit.
Adding Vegetables and Fruit. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 20 min
Yields: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 15 lb. Turkey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 6 cups water
  1. Butter turkey. Salt and pepper. Place in roasting pan breast side up. Stuff cleaned buttered turkey with apples, oranges and celery. You can change this and put in any fruit or vegetables you want. Carrots are good. Cover turkey with foil before placing on the grill.
  2. Place turkey on the grill for three hours. Remove cover the last 15 minutes. Remove turkey from grill.
  3. Check turkey with thermometer it should be 170 deep into the breast. Let rest 20 minutes before carving. Chefs on TV say 165 temp is good.
How To Grill A Juicy Tender Turkey.
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Foil It.
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The Grill
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Using A Charcoal Grill

We use to use our Weber grill and we cooked our turkey the same way as the recipe I have on here getting the grill ready is a little different.

  • Open all vents on the grill
  • Place about 30 briquettes evenly in grill
  • Ignite the briquettes and, keeping the lid off, let them burn until lightly gray ash is showing, about 30 minutes.
  • Place turkey in a foil covered pan in center of the grill.
  • Add about 10 more briquettes evenly to the grill to maintain the heat.

How To Grill A Juicy Tender Turkey

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Cooking Tempture For A Turkey

Be sure to cook your turkey at the right temperature. You don't want the whole family to get sick. It should be 180° in the thigh of the turkey and it should be 170° in the breast. You can get any kind of thermometer for checking on turkey temperature.

Example of Temp for Turkeys:

14 to 18 lbs~~~3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs

18 to 20 lbs~~~4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs

Do check the water a few times to make sure it's not gone. Turkey will burn and you don't want that to happen.

Turkey without gravy.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 oz turkey 1/4 cup gravy
Calories 170
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 0 g
Protein 21 g42%
Cholesterol 70 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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moonlake 7 months ago from America Author

Paul, Thank you for stopping by. My husband always liked cooking the turkey on the grill.

I appreciate the shares.


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Paul Kuehn 7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

My parents, wife and I have never used a gas grill when preparing turkey for a meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe and some very good tips for grilling a turkey. I am sharing this hub with followers on HP and on Facebook.


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

I would never have thought to cook a turkey on a gas grill. But I am new to the whole gas grill thing and used to slow cook beef and pork and turkey breasts on the old Webber. Must try this!


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Good glad to hear you made your first turkey. You sure got a good price on the turkey. Chickens are getting so expensive. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Reporting back. I made my very own first turkey ever. :D

I know that sounds silly, but it was a big deal to me. It came out perfect. I'm used to cooking on a much smaller scale of birds. My husband made the turkey on Thanksgiving. But then I went grocery shopping and found one on sale for $6. It was 14 pounds. I couldn't pass that bargain by. Even chickens were $10 that day.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Aunt Jimi, We're having it this Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by and for vote and stars.


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Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

I bet this would be delicious on Thanksgiving Day! Voted up and 5 stars!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Thanks so much for stopping by. We really like our turkey made this way.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

This sounds wonderful! I love the picture of the stuffing you use with the fresh veggies. I make a chicken a similar way with fresh apples, celery and whatever else I find in my produce drawer in the fridge. It comes out so juicy and tender.

I bought a hotel style turkey breast yesterday on sale and I was hoping to make it today, but it might not thaw out in time.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf, Thank you for stopping back by I appreciate it.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I came back for another look at grilled turkeys. This is something I've never attempted but would love to someday...hope to use your helpful pointers. Thank you!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Indian Chef , Sure you can use chicken but it will cook faster than a turkey. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and shared.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Moonlake, i really liked this recipe of yours but problem is in this part of world no one eats turkey nor it is easily available. So can I use chicken in place of turkey? voted up and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, I did get the problem figured out. I just removed the word "board" on your Pinterest URL then it went right to your Pinterest Acct.

Thanks so much for stopping by I'm so glad you like my hubs and I feel the same about yours.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

You have so many excellent hubs. Truly, my followers are the best and together they write the best, most interesting, articles on HP. Pinning this hub to my "Main Course Recipes," board because I think it is fabulous. Also going to share this article with my followers again.

Incidentally, I don't know if you found a solution to the problem you were having accessing my Pinterest acct., but Peggy W was having the same issue. I made a small change to the URL on my profile page for connecting with my Pinterest acct., and now Peggy is having no problem. So if you try it again, it should work. If it doesn't, please let me know.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, We never use the oven for our turkey it's always grilled. We often have it at Christmas and it can be 20 below that time of year, easy. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This sounds delicious. With grilling season here, I think a lot of people would be tempted to try grilling a turkey for a change with these instructions and encouragement. Grilling even in the snow? I bet this would be a great way to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey . . .

Voted up and useful and will share!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks for putting my turkey first on your board I appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am going to start a board on Pinterest for fowl recipes. This will be the first entry! This really does sound great! We actually have a frozen turkey. Just need to thaw it!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thanks and thank you for stopping by. We loved turkey grilled.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I absolutely will be trying grilled turkey. Love your recipe. I've never stuffed one with celery, apples and oranges. I might just be grilling our next turkey. Up, useful and interesting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, Thanks so much for stopping by. It's a good way to cook a turkey.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I have always baked my turkeys, but I may try to grill the next one. This sounds delicious!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

beingwell, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Nyomnyom!! The set-up reminds me of one of our family get-togethers. We cook native chicken though; but in a similar fashion. Hmm.. yom!!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mary g, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


mary g 3 years ago

Sounds great we love turkey and cooking outside.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DDE, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sounds a simple way to cook a juicy turkey I simply eating turkey and you have mentioned helpful ways so I am going to try this next time thanks


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, I love turkey and don't mind having it anytime of the year. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and vote.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You made me long for a grilled turkey right now. It does look very delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Voted up.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Prasetio, Thanks for stopping by my hub always nice to see you. Thanks for the vote.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

It sound delicious. I love the recipe. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Maria, Sorry I didn't know about Honey BB's challenge I would have read 26 hubs. What a good way to honor the children and women.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear moonlake,

What a yummy and useful hub, especially during this holiday season.

I will look forward to trying turkey grilled thanks to your helpful and comprehensive directions. Thank you.

In response to Honey BB's challenge today, this is the 16th of 26 hubs I intend to read.

This is read in honor of Emilie Parker (05-12-06) and may her sweet soul rest in peace.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs, Maria


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

RTalloni, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

I have heard of this and wondered about the how-to. My husband will be interested in your method--thanks much!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Om Paramapoonya, Thank you. It is pretty simple to do. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Thanks for the nice recipe and tips. I've never grilled a turkey but might actually try it soon. It sounds pretty simple, and your grilled turkey looks quite lovely!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

GlstngRosePetals, We also love smoked turkey. We have a friend that smokes turkeys. We get them from him. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks so much for stopping by. This is the time of year to cook turkey, we always do.


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GlstngRosePetals 3 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Very good article my husband likes to smoke a Turkey and I have to say grilling a Turkey Tastes so much better than an oven cooked Turkey, it's definitely juicy when it's grilled. Very usefull hub


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have also never grilled a turkey but it certainly sounds simple enough to do. Might just have to give it a try. We have done the upside down turkey written about in a hub for years. We also stuff it with aromatics...but like your idea of the fruit which would be different. Thanks for your recipe and photos. Up votes and sharing as this is the right time of year while there are so many turkeys available in the stores for holiday dinners.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Eddy, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the comment.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant,useful and interesting. No matter how many meals we have made there is always something to learn and I am saving this gem.

Thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah Brooks, Thank you stopping by and for the sharing with cooking time, tops and facebook. It does take less time and it is so tasty. Herbs can also be put inside the turkey for more flavor. Have a Merry Christmas.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

shiningirisheyes, I wish you could see my husband standing out in snowstorm grilling I will have to look for a picture I may have one. This is the way we love our turkey. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Moonlake.. we grill out turkeys every year.. and now my son does too.. it tastes so good and it takes half the time.. I have put fruit in it before but not the celery.. I will try the celery with the fruit this year.

I am sharing this on cooking time and TOPS on Facebook

Merry Christmas

Debbie


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

How original and I never would have guessed you could grill a turkey.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf, That's the way my mom and grandma use to cook. They used everything and I see them doing it now on cooking shows. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I've never grilled a turkey before, but it sounds delicious! Tortilla soup is wonderful when the broth is made from a turkey carcass. It sure stretches the food bill, too. Thank you for sharing this helpful information!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kashmir56, So nice to see you glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for the vote and the share.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

aviannovice, Thanks for stopping by I guess we do we have made it this way for a lot of years.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Abdul Wahabone, Your welcome thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Cardisa, So nice to see you thanks for stopping by. A spicy turkey sounds really good.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub on turkey prep and grilling, well done and yummy ! I give it five turkey drumsticks !!!

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Sounds like you have this turkey grilling down to a science. Good work!


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Abdul Wahabone 4 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Mouth watering turkey, Ummm......

thanks for sharing your recipe, must try......


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I am making turkey for Christmas but doing it in oven. I don't have a grill but it sounds pretty easy to do. I am using a marinade for mine because the man of the house loves a lot of spices on his meat. He would never eat it otherwise...lol


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

hawaiianodysseus, Thanks for stopping by. I have thought of becoming a vegetarian, but I just don't think I could do it.


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I married a vegetarian, and I have no regrets. Ah, but when I read (and savor) hubs like these, I feel a pull deep inside. No, not from my heart, but from the "muscle memories" in my digestive system. : ) Great hub! Thanks for sharing!

PS Every now and then, I cheat.

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