The Easiest Turkeys I've Ever Cooked

The Easiest Turkeys I've Ever Cooked

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 17, 2011

Have you ever had one of those moments where you suddenly realize you've over promised yourself? That was me yesterday. With a million things to do it hit me that I had volunteered to cook not one, but two turkeys for a church dinner. Normally this isn't a big deal, but have I mentioned recently that I don't have a oven?

When I signed up for this task I had been planning on heading to a friends home to prepare the birds. Said friend has recently had a baby and I have a few sniffles, so that option was out. I have a smoker, but no desire to clean it out just to get it dirty again. What did that leave me with? The grill.

I was scared, a little nervous, what happened if I screwed it up? Would it be too dry? All the recipes online said to leave them uncovered and oddly that seemed to go against everything I'd ever been taught.

I kept a fire at 350 degrees (even though I had to prop the grill lid open with a brick to accomplish it), placed each bird in a pan, stuffed their guts with lemons, oiled the outside, rubbed on a few spices and closed the lid. 3 and a half hours later, I had two done turkeys and aside from the brushing on of some butter near the end, I didn't touch them.

The entire experience was hassle free and if I would have had an oven, it would have been totally free for baked goods, desserts or reheating of previously prepared items. Score! Sadly when I took them off the grill the sun had set and my house has horrible lighting, but rest assured, the end result looks like any other Thanksgiving turkey with a brown and slightly crispy skin, infused with lemon and herb goodness!

Have you ever grilled a turkey before? What were your results?

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(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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