BBQ MY WAY: Grilled​ ​turkey​ ​pointers

November 12, 2017 - bbq set

Now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​firmly​ ​entrenched​ ​in​ ​the​ ​month​ ​of​ ​November,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​great​ ​time​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about grilling​ ​a​ ​turkey​ ​for​ ​the​ ​holidays.​ There​ ​are​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​advantages​ ​to​ ​grilling​ ​a​ ​turkey​ ​as​ ​opposed​ ​to baking​ ​it​ ​in​ ​the​ ​oven,​ ​the​ ​primary​ ​reason​ ​being​ ​it​ ​frees​ ​up​ ​the​ ​oven​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​those​ ​delicious​ ​side dishes​ ​which​ ​make​ ​every​ ​holiday​ ​meal​ ​complete.​ Add​ ​a​ ​little​ ​apple​ ​wood​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​also​ ​end up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​turkey​ ​that​ ​has​ ​a​ ​subtle​ ​smoky​ ​flavor​ ​that​ ​will​ ​make​ ​it​ ​unique​ ​and​ ​memorable.​ Now, for​ ​the​ ​pointers.

1. Consider​ ​conducting​ ​a​ ​test​ ​run​ ​by​ ​grilling​ ​a​ ​large​ ​chicken​ ​or​ ​a​ ​small​ ​turkey​ ​in​ ​advance. You​ ​don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​blow​ ​it​ ​on​ ​the​ ​big​ ​holiday.​ (Very​ ​important)

2. Stuff​ ​the​ ​cavity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bird​ ​with​ ​celery,​ ​carrots,​ ​onion​ ​and​ ​apple.​ This​ ​“stuffing”​ ​will​ ​be discarded​ ​once​ ​the​ ​bird​ ​is​ ​cooked,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​steams​ ​the​ ​turkey​ ​from​ ​within​ ​and​ ​adds​ ​great flavor.

3. If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​using​ ​a​ ​Weber​ ​kettle​ ​grill,​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​a​ ​turkey​ ​over​ ​16​ pounds.​ You​ ​want​ ​about​ ​one inch​ ​of​ ​room​ ​between​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bird​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lid.

4. If​ ​a​ ​Norman​ ​Rockwell​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bird​ ​isn’t​ ​important​ ​(you​ ​know,​ ​that​ ​beautifully bronzed​ ​bird​ ​on​ ​a​ ​platter​ ​being​ ​presented​ ​to​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​table)​ ​consider​ ​grilling​ ​the​ ​bird breast​ ​side​ ​down.​ It​ ​won’t​ ​look​ ​as​ ​good​ ​but​ ​the​ ​breast​ ​meat​ ​will​ ​be​ ​moister​ ​as​ ​the​ ​juices move​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​breast​ ​during​ ​cooking.

5. Watch​ ​a​ ​few​ ​YouTube​ ​videos​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​grill​ ​a​ ​turkey.​ There​ ​is​ ​so​ ​much​ ​great​ ​info​ ​out there​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​“on​ ​the​ ​fly.”​ Take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​it.

6. Buy​ ​a​ ​fresh​ ​bird​ ​that​ ​hasn’t​ ​been​ ​frozen​ ​a​ ​day​ ​or​ ​two​ ​in​ ​advance.​ f​ ​frozen​ ​is​ ​your​ ​only choice,​ ​buy​ ​it​ ​well​ ​in​ ​advance​ ​so​ ​it​ ​has​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​thaw​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fridge.​ You​ ​don’t​ ​want to​ ​throw​ ​a​ ​half​ ​frozen​ ​turkey​ ​on​ ​the​ ​grill​ ​or​ ​in​ ​the​ ​oven​ ​for​ ​that​ ​matter.​ It’s​ ​a​ ​true​ ​recipe for​ ​a​ ​holiday​ ​disaster​ ​that​ ​I​ ​won’t​ ​go​ ​into​ ​here.

7. Don’t​ ​be​ ​intimidated.​ Using​ ​indirect​ ​heat,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​basically​ ​turning​ ​your​ ​Weber​ ​into​ ​an oven​ ​with​ ​smokey​ ​benefits.

8. How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​set​ ​up​ ​“indirect​ ​heat?”​ Get​ ​a​ ​disposable​ ​aluminum​ ​tray,​ ​place​ ​an​ ​inch​ ​or​ ​so of​ ​water​ ​in​ ​it,​ ​place​ ​it​ ​in​ ​the​ ​grill​ ​and​ ​put​ ​hot​ ​coals​ ​on​ ​both​ ​sides.​ The​ ​tray​ ​keeps​ ​the coals​ ​where​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​and​ ​also​ ​catches​ ​drippings​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​use​ ​to​ ​make​ ​some really​ ​awesome​ ​gravy​ ​that​ ​is​ ​unlike​ ​gravy​ ​you​ ​have​ ​ever​ ​had.

9. Share​ ​the​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​someone.​ There​ ​is​ ​nothing​ ​like​ ​passing​ ​down​ ​grilling​ ​or cooking​ ​experiences​ ​during​ ​the​ ​holidays.

10. Have​ ​a​ ​good​ ​meat​ ​thermometer​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​trust​ ​those​ ​stupid​ ​plastic​ ​inserts​ ​that​ ​are supposed​ ​to​ ​pop​ ​out​ ​when​ ​the​ ​turkey​ ​is​ ​done.​ Those​ ​things​ ​are​ ​junk.​ When​ ​you​ ​test​ ​the temperature,​ ​check​ ​the​ ​thigh​ ​but​ ​don’t​ ​let​ ​it​ ​touch​ ​the​ ​bone.​ Once​ ​you​ ​hit​ ​165​ ​degrees you​ ​are​ ​good​ ​to​ ​go.

You’ve​ ​got​ ​time​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​test​ ​run​ ​now​ ​before​ ​Thanksgiving.​ Give​ ​it​ ​a​ ​shot.​ I​ ​assure​ ​you​ ​it​ ​will become​ ​a​ ​holiday​ ​tradition.

Dave​ ​Lobeck​ ​is​ ​an​ ​Edward​ ​Jones​ ​financial​ ​adviser​ ​in​ ​Jeffersonville​ ​by​ ​day​ ​and​ ​a​ ​BBQ enthusiast​ ​on​ ​nights​ ​and​ ​weekends.​ ​Liz​ ​is​ ​his​ ​wife.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​contact​ ​Dave​ ​with​ ​your​ ​BBQ, cooking​ ​or​ ​grilling​ ​questions​ ​at​ ​davelobeck@gmail.com.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​visit​ ​their​ ​YouTube channel​ ​at​ ​​www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay​.

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