How to Cook a Turkey on the Barbeque

Football game on the TV and roasted turkey for dinner – the typical Thanksgiving afternoon! Why don’t you try giving your family a delightful surprise and have the turkey barbequed instead of roasted? The taste is going to leave them asking for more and you get all the free time with the oven!


  • barbeque sauce
  • brush – for basting
  • a thermometer for measuring meat temperature
  • thick oven mitts



  1. First, you have to thaw the turkey, if it is frozen. Then you have to wash it in cold water. Then use a paper napkin or cloth to pat it till it’s dry.
  2. Then you have to insert your fingers inside so that you can loosen the breast area by massaging and pressing it. This gives you space to insert your preferred rub recipe.
  3. Next, season it as mentioned above to make sure that the meat is ready for the barbeque.
  4. Apply oil/butter on the outer surface with the basting brush.
  5. Use the butcher string to tie up the turkey.

Grill Preparation

  1. The grate needs to be oiled before you put the turkey on it.
  2. Meat while being barbequed leaves a lot of oil. To catch that you need to place a pan or foil below the grill.
  3. Preheat half the grill to around 350 degree F. This is easy if you have a gas grill. If, by chance, you have a coal grill, you should keep the lit coals towards one side of the grill.


  1. Initially, keep the turkey on the cool side of the grill. Right now, you place it so that its thigh and wings are pointed downwards and legs point towards the back. This step should be carried on for approximately 45 minutes.
  2. Now, we flip over the turkey so that the other pair of wings and thigh is pointing downwards. This should again be carried out for 45 minutes.
  3. All along, the turkey should be basted with the brush at regular intervals with barbeque sauce.
    Now, we rotate the turkey so that its back is facing downwards. This is to be done for around 25 minutes.
  4. Finally, turn the legs towards the front. Grill for around 25 minutes.
  5. Take the thermometer and measure the temperature of the breast meat of the turkey. You should keep roasting till the temperature reaches close to 165 degrees F.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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