Turkey over a charcoal fire How To?

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Turkey over a charcoal fire How To?

Postby Warwickfishman » Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:11 pm

Hi Guys/Gals,
Just looking for some additional input as to cooking a 22 lb turkey over a charcoal fire, suspended from a tripod surrounded by heavy aluminum foil

I know a turkey cooked in an oven stuffed is generally 20 minutes a lb but unstuffed?
and would you marinade it? soak in a brine? or injectable marinade?

Thanks for your help and

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Postby Mrw » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:03 pm

Unstuffed, the bird should be a little bit faster, but I would take along a meat thermometer and not just rely on time.

I personally am a fan of the injectable marinades. Use one of those and then rub any other spices UNDER the skin so they flavor more of the meat.
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Postby Warwickfishman » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:43 pm

I think I may make a run to Gander Mountain and see what they have as far as injectables..
and so far as i can see a good guestimate is 10 minutes per lb but I will check with a thermometer
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Postby deweylure » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:43 pm

Take out the good old cookbook it usually has a timetable as a base ,the thermometer is the best. You cna also cook it on a grill like a weber . Place a drip pan under the bird below the grate,the charcoal is then placed beside the pan. I would partially cover the bird with aluminum foil. Try using 7-up to baste the bird.

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Postby hacimsaalk » Fri Nov 25, 2005 1:37 am

or, you could go with the good ol' trash can turkey. stick a metal stake in the ground, put a plate over that, about 3 in. above the ground. the find a lrage metal trash can to fit over the whole thing. put charcoal on and around it, and lite. wait 4 hrs, and it should be done.


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Postby Scouting179 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 8:37 am

I have done this, but with wood coals not charcoal. I suspended the bird from a tripod and put foil above the bird to reflect the heat downward. I did not wrap the bird. It took most of a day and you have to keep the coals going, but by the end of the day the meat was falling off the bones. It was great!
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Postby outfoxed86 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:13 pm

Trash can turkey is the way to go
mine was 15lb took 2hrs un stuffed the whole turkey just fell appart it was so goodImage
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Postby FrankJ » Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:56 pm

Do not stuff the bird. It is too hard to get the get it hot enough with stuffing. The earlier posts mentions unstuffed which is good.
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Postby jopejr » Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:50 pm

we use 5 gal pails( non galvanized) to cook about a 14 lb bird sitting on a hickory stick. ( we are talking of trying a sweet wood lik apple.
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