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Main dishes

Grilled Turkey

Grilled Turkey recipe
photo by:kraft
Turkey on the grill? You bet! Go out and get a 12-pounder and we'll take you through the recipe step by step.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
3 hr 5 min
servings
total:
24 servings
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What You Need

1
 BUTTERBALL® Frozen Whole Turkey (12 lb.), thawed
3
Tbsp.  oil
1/2
tsp.  salt
1/2
tsp.  pepper
2
Tbsp.  fresh or 2 tsp. dried herbs, such as thyme, sage or rosemary
3
cups  water

Make It

PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse outside of turkey as well as inside the cavity; pat dry with paper towels. Tuck the wings under the back. Place turkey, breast side up, on roasting rack in large disposable aluminum foil pan.

RUB outside of turkey with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with herbs. Place pan on grate of grill. Add water to pan, then close the lid of the grill.

GRILL turkey 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180°F when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh and 170°F when inserted in the thickest part of the breast, adding additional water to the pan as needed to prevent the drippings from burning and to have enough liquid remaining in the pan after turkey is cooked for use in making gravy. Remove turkey from grill; let stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, use pan drippings to make gravy, if desired.

Butterball® is a registered trademark of Butterball, LLC 2009

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Keeping it Safe
Thaw turkey completely before grilling. To thaw, place turkey on tray in refrigerator. Refrigerate until thawed, allowing 24 hours of thawing time for every 4 pounds of turkey.
Special Extra
For extra flavor, stuff the turkey cavity with a peeled onion, celery stalks, lemon slices and/or fresh herb bundles before grilling.
A Quick Tip
A 12-lb. turkey takes about 2-1/2 hours to cook on the grill. Make sure that you have enough gas in the tank before the turkey is ready to be grilled. A full tank usually lasts about 18 hours.
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