You don’t have to be out in the wilderness to grill a turkey for Thanksgiving. Of course, if you’re planning a camping trip it would be just the thing. And you might as well keep reading. But if you’re new to this, let us give you a few reasons why you should try it.

  1. You’ve been making the same Thanksgiving dinner for what seems and feels like 100 years and you’d really like to try something different.
  2. You’re pretty tired of jumping up and down every 20 minutes to baste that turkey in the oven.
  3. You have lists all over the kitchen telling you when to put what into the oven and there’s never enough room for everything.
  4. Those pies are still sitting out on the counter, cold or at room temperature, exactly because you ran out of room in the oven.
  5. A guest brought a casserole that has to go into the oven right this minute.
  6. You’d like someone else to be in charge of the turkey. For a change.
  7. The flavor your family and friends always seem to crave is

You can grill a turkey on whatever kind of grill you like to use. Charcoal, or gas, and you can even smoke one. (No jokes, please.) The Butterball Hotline is pretty famous around this time of year. No matter what brand they’ve purchased, they call Butterball when they get into trouble. For thirty-seven years those nice people on the other end of the line have been answering some funny questions. See some of them here at Butterball Questions.

Here are two Butterball recipes that will get you started on grilling your own turkey this year.

For outdoor charcoal grilling:

  • Prepare charcoal-covered grill by removing cooking grate and opening all vents.
  • Position drip pan in center of charcoal grate and place 25 to 30 briquettes along each side (lengthwise) of drip pan. Burn briquettes until covered with gray ash, about 30 minutes. Place cooking grate in grill over coals.
  • Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
  • Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
  • Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Cover grill, leaving vents open.
  • Add 6 to 8 briquettes to each side every 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Using a meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast.
  • 10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

For outdoor gas grilling:

  • Before turning on grill, lift grate and place drip pan directly on flavorizer bars, ceramic briquettes or lava rocks. Replace grate.
  • Prepare grill for indirect heat cooking according to owner’s guide. Preheat burners on high for 10 to 15 minutes with lid closed.
  • Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
  • Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
  • Turn temperature down to approximately 350° F.
  • Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Close lid and cook with minimal peeking.
  • Depending on burner arrangement, it may be necessary to turn turkey over, halfway through grilling for even cooking.
  • Using a meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast.
  • 10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

 

Since you’re probably a grill master, you know that you can add whatever seasonings say “Thanksgiving” to you. And once that turkey is cooking outside, you can fill your oven with all of the other goodies you’re famous for.

 

And when it’s time to clean up that grill? Just so happens, we make the best grill scraper available. Our scrapers keep your grill clean and well-maintained. You can get a mini one, or a heavy duty one, or a heavy duty one with a squeegee. Any of them will get the job done right, save you time and money, and take some pressure off your back, legs and feet. And then you can be proud of yourself for starting a new holiday tradition.

If this is your first time visiting us, we’d like you to know that our products are made right here in the USA. This is something we’re extremely proud of. We know that it helps to keep Americans working, and there’s no question that we help them keep on grilling. Either in a restaurant, or in a food truck, or right at home.

Please follow our Upcoming Products page for more of what we’re up to, and of course come to our website to view all of the products and everything we offer at Redi-Gril.com. If a product doesn’t say Red-Gril it’s not the original!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Your friends at Redi-Gril.

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