Grilled Turkey

If you're lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in nice weather, grilling a turkey is a great way to grill up something delicious while watching the kids play football outside.

Photo by Barbara F.

PREP TIME

915

minutes

TOTAL TIME

1065

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

915

minutes

TOTAL TIME

1065

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    cups kosher salt

  • 1/4

    cup light brown sugar

  • 1

    fresh turkey (12 pounds)

Directions

Dissolve the salt and sugar in 2 gallons cold water in a large (at least 16 quart) stockpot or a clean bucket. (You can also add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or bay leaf, or aromatics like onions and garlic.) Add the turkey, cover and refrigerate, or set in a very cold place (that stays somewhere between 32°F to 40°F) for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. Remove the turkey from the brine 1 hour before grilling. Rinse well under cold water and pat dry to remove the salt. Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect grilling. The temperature inside the grill should be 350°F. Place the turkey on the grill, cover and grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 175°F, 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 1/2 hours. Let the turkey rest 1 hour before carving.

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