For foodies like us, Thanksgiving is the food holiday of the year. Christmas is great for cookies and festive treats, but Thanksgiving is the king of food. You have a variety of casserole recipes, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and we didn’t even get to the desserts. There’s a assortment of pies, cookies, and of course, pumpkin recipes. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
If you decided to take the difficult task of making Thanksgiving dinner this year, it also means that you are responsible for cooking up the main course, the turkey. It’s what everyone comes to the dinner table for and is the staple of every Thanksgiving recipe. So, it is important that you don’t pick the wrong turkey recipe. You don’t want to serve your friends and family a dry or poorly seasoned bird. You want a turkey recipe that will have people picking off every last bit off the bone.
Thanks to our friends the Two Old Crabs, we have a great turkey recipe that will have your guests loosening their belts. Seasoned with rosemary, thyme and sage, it’s a turkey recipe that you will truly give thanks for. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving Grilled Turkey
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- fresh thyme
- fresh rosemary
- fresh sage
- Turn on grill to 320 degrees F. (for charcoal grill medium low heat, but with enough coals for extended cooking)
- Wash turkey inside and out, taking extra care to clean the cavity.
- Place turkey on platter.
- Coat evenly with mayonnaise.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper and season-all.
- Remove thyme, rosemary and sage from stems.
- Chop spices and sprinkle on turkey.
- In grill, use mesquite wood chips (or any favorite) in a stainless steel pan for smoking.
- Cook turkey on indirect heat until it starts to brown.
- Cover with foil to continue cooking.
- When timer pops up and chicken pulls back from drumstick, it’s done.
- The roasting chart for weight of bird & time cooked is below. Poultry is done at 160°F 170°F.
- When done, remove from heat and let rest before slicing.
Approximate grilling/roasting time for a defrosted, unstuffed turkey:
- 6 8 lbs. = 2 1/2 3 hours
- 8 12 lbs. = 3 4 hours
- 12 16 lbs. = 4 5 hours
- 16 20 lbs. = 5 5 1/2 hours
- 20 24 lbs. = 5 1/2 6 hours