Grilling for Thanksgiving in Oklahoma
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, calendars are filling up with plans that consist of turkey and cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving turkey is a tasty tradition, but there are many ways to mix it up this year while still remaining true to tradition. One of the best ways? Grilling your turkey.
Yes, you read that right – grilling isn’t just for the summertime. A grilled turkey could be just what you need to make this Thanksgiving stand out to your guests. We’ve compiled some handy tips — and the perfect recipe — to help you grill your way to the best Thanksgiving turkey yet.
Why Grill Thanksgiving Turkey?
Other than providing a unique way to serve your Thanksgiving turkey, grilling your turkey also has a lot of flavor benefits and can be more convenient than oven-roasting.
- Grilling isn’t much more difficult than roasting in an oven, but it will really make an impression on your guests.
- It frees up your precious oven space, giving you more room to bake pies or sides while you grill your turkey, saving you time.
- The fire from the grill also provides a smoky flavor to the turkey and creates a unique lacquer.
What Grill is Best for Turkey Grilling?
A turkey can be grilled on a charcoal or gas grill, depending on your preference. However, Havenscapes recommends grilling with a Kamado Grill. We are proud to offer the entire lineup, and they are perfect for grilling a whole turkey. The Kamado Grill’s unique construction lets it hold temperature longer than the average grill, which makes it easier for you to grill your turkey to perfection.
This versatile grill can cook a wide range of foods – even your whole Thanksgiving meal. It also is fully insulated, enabling you to grill in any weather – perfect for November’s chilly temps.
Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey with Grilled Apples
This grilled turkey recipe by Bobby Flay and the Food Network is one of the many Thanksgiving dishes that can be prepared on your grill.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil (use extra to brush on turkey)
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 serrano chile, chopped
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apples
- 2 peeled, cored, and sliced (½ inch thick) Granny Smith apples
- 3 tablespoons sage leaves, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 20-pound turkey
“Preheat the grill to medium-high. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on the grates of the grill or on a burner. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the serrano chile and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar and sugar and cook until the sugar has melted. Stir in the chopped apples and cook until the apples are soft and the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Place the apple mixture in a food processor and add the sage. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool to room temperature.
Have a large drip pan filled with a little water positioned under where the turkey will be placed on the grill. Brush the entire turkey with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the turkey on all sides until golden brown. Reduce the heat of the grill to medium to maintain a constant temperature of 350 degrees F. Cook turkey until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 170 to 175 degrees F. Begin brushing the entire turkey with the apple glaze during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Remove from the grill and brush with more of the glaze. Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Grill the sliced apples for 2 to 3 minutes on each side and serve with the turkey.”
Recipe courtesy of the Food Network and Bobby Flay.
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