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Apple-Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy


Apples are the perfect fruit for fall, so serve up this Apple-Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy at Thanksgiving. Garnish the carved bird with apple slices, parsley, and sage.

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  • 2 cups applewood chips, divided
  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
  • 2 cups onion, chopped (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apple, chopped (about 1)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle hard apple cider
  • 3 cups Make-Ahead Gravy


Servings 10
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 145mins


Step 1

Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes. Drain well.

Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat. Combine onion, apple, sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Stuff body cavity with onion mixture. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Brush turkey with oil; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cover breast with foil. Place turkey in a disposable aluminum foil pan.

To prepare the turkey for indirect grilling, preheat grill, heating one side to medium and leaving one side with no heat. Maintain temperature at 350°F.

Place 1 cup wood chips on hot coals. Place pan on unheated side of grill. Cover and cook 45 minutes. Place remaining 1 cup wood chips on hot coals; cover and cook 45 minutes. Add coals as needed to maintain temperature at 350°F. Remove foil from breast; cover and cook 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in meaty part of thigh registers 165°F. Remove turkey from grill; let stand at least 30 minutes before carving. Discard onion mixture and skin.

Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings from pan into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner. Drain drippings into a bowl, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat.

Place cider in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 4 minutes). Add pan drippings and Make-Ahead Gravy; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 3 cups (about 5 minutes).

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