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Barbecued Wild Turkey


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  • 1 wild turkey
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 12 ounces flat beer
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt


Servings 1


Step 1

Split turkey along the breastbone and through the back into halves.

Combine mustard with remaining ingredients to make marinade. Place turkey halves in a non-reactive container and pour marinade over. Cover and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours, turning occasionally.

Remove turkey and discard marinade. Allow to air dry for 20 minutes before placing on the barbecue. Cook as per below. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

This recipe yields ?? servings.

I haven't included cooking times because it varies so much with the size of the turkey and the heat of the coals. The best way to cook it is through indirect heat. If you're using a standard kettle barbecue, get the coals white-hot, then move them to the outside edges of the kettle. Place a pan of water on the lower rack and set the turkey on top.

The turkey is done when a meat thermometer reads 150 degrees at the center of the breast. The legs and thighs will likely require additional cooking time. I usually cut them off and start them at least one hour before I start cooking the rest of the bird. You should do likewise. To carve the breasts, remove the entire breast from the bone and then start slicing.

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