Grilled Turkey Recipe -
Grilled Turkey Recipe
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Grilled Turkey

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"Great grilled turkey! My grill is an old one that has a hinged top. I open all of the vents and prop the lid open about 2 to 3 inches with a does it get hot! Do not spill the juices and wine on the coals, as they are extremely flammable."

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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    4 hrs


  1. In a pot style grill, fill the bottom with a 5 pound bag of charcoals. Light the charcoal, and when ready, spread to cover the bottom of grill.
  2. Wash the turkey down and stuff with onion. Rub the exterior down with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the turkey in a deep aluminum roasting pan. Place the pan on the grill's grate. Pour wine over the turkey. Cover the top of the turkey with foil.
  4. Cover the grill with the lid and open the vents. Grill the turkey for 60 to 90 minutes, or until meat is to your liking. Baste frequently. You might need to add water to the pan if the wine evaporates.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Fantastic, juicy turkey, quite tender. Delicious!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 13, 2013

I have been cooking turkeys on a Weber Grill for over 40 years and I have never cooked one over direct heat. Maybe I don't understand the method described here. I use indirect heat by placing the coals on each side of the bottom grate with the drip pan in between the coals. You can put anything you like in the drip pan including wine but use water at least to keep the turkey moist. Use any kind of wood chips you like including hickory or apple. Soak the chips in water for at least an hour then place them on the coals to give the turkey a smoked flavor.

Nov 06, 2009

After trying this the first time, I've never gone back to an oven again. faster, jucier and incredible crispy skin. My favorite way is yo put it straight in the grill with an aluminum pan under to catch the drippings for gravy.

Oct 07, 2007

This was a HIT with family & my husbands airmen during the holidays of 2006!!! I've made it many times since then for our family sunday gatherings

Jan 22, 2009

Great recipe! I brined the turkey overnight, otherwise I followed the recipe. Some family members were skeptical about a grilled turkey, but the first bite wiped their skepticism away. I will definately make this again.

Oct 23, 2013

Love it! This is the kind of recipe you want when your cooking for a large group. You can bake one Turkey while the other is out on the grill. Yum-O!

Nov 14, 2013

Have been grilling our turkey for years.... it frees the oven up for the vegetables and pies. Even when we have had snow at Thanksgiving,the grill is on the deck, right outside the kitchen, for use all winter. I recall one T-Day years back when we had to shovel around the grill to be able to cook! I do use white wine, however, instead of red, as the sulfites in red wine give me a migraine. That said, wine and turkey are a wonderful mix. I also use the wine in my turkey dressing. I'm glad to see this recipe featured and hope it encourages more cooks to try grilling their turkeys! A very hot grill sears the turkey and that keeps the meat moist. I also find that it cooks in far less time than a conventional oven. Our grill has a barrel lid and that also makes a huge difference. Lately we've been tossing in apple and/or cherry wood (small kindling wood) as well which gives another dimension of flavor. Soak the wood a bit in water first for smoking.

Nov 16, 2013

It is imperative that the internal temperature of your turkey is 165° F – use a thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, the “juices” should run clear and the leg should “wiggle” freely!”


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  • Calories
  • 369 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 46 g
  • 92%
  • Sodium
  • 113 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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