If you’re tired of traditional roasted turkey (and not quite brave enough to attempt deep-fried turkey), grilling is an excellent option. Here are a few tips for a perfectly grilled Thanksgiving turkey that will have everyone coming back for seconds and thirds.
Tip One – Proper Thawing
Make sure that your turkey is fully thawed and seasoned to taste. Grilling will add a new and complex flavor profile to compliment your seasonings of choice.
Tip Two – Size It Right
Make sure you select a turkey that will fit your grill, allowing you to close the lid entirely. Do not settle for balancing the lid on the turkey and leaving the grill cracked open.
Before you consider sizing, you’ll need to decide whether you plan to put the turkey directly on the grill with a drip pan or place it inside a roasting pan. In either case, make sure your grill is large enough to accommodate your bird.
Tip Three – Use a Full Propane Tank
Make sure you fill your propane tank so you can be certain you have enough fuel to cook your feast. About fifteen minutes before cook time, preheat your grill with the burners on high. Turn off the center burner and when the temperature reaches 325°F to 350°F, you’re ready to go.
Tip Four – Keep the Lid Closed
Once you place your turkey in the grill, you should set your timer and keep the lid closed. In this respect, grilling isn’t that much different than cooking in a conventional oven. So remember, no peeking!
Tip Five – Check the Temperature
The best way to know if your turkey is done is to check the temperature. Ideally, the thighs should be between 170°F to 175°F and the breast about 165°F. The required cooking time should be approximately the same as cooking in the oven, so you can use the original cooking time according to your recipe, adjusting for weight as you normally would.
And that’s all there is to it! We hope you enjoy your grilled turkey and the special time you have with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!