How to Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Heidi N

Are you still using your oven to cook your Thanksgiving turkey? Try something new this year and grill your turkey!! You’ll find it turns out to be even more tender & juicy than baking it in the oven. Here are the steps to grill up that bird this Thanksgiving:

  • Use a 12 pound turkey (or less)
  • Thaw turkey prior to grilling
  • Use indirect heat – turn on one side of your grill and place the turkey on the other side
  • Pre-heat your grill to 350 degrees
  • Lightly oil the grill’s grate
  • Brush the skin of the turkey with oil or butter to avoid sticking and add seasonings of your choosing
  • Cook until the thigh meat registers 165 degrees (this generally takes 2-3 hours)
  • Rotate the turkey several times; be careful – it’s hot!
  • Avoid opening the lid – conserve the heat

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