How do you barbecue a turkey?
If you would like to change a little from the traditional way of cooking your turkey in the oven, you may want to consider barbecuing your turkey during the summer months.
How do you prepare your turkey on the barbecue?
Before you start cooking, it is recommended that you have some butter (about 115 grams), garlic, onion and flavouring (parsley, celery, etc.). Mix these different ingredients in the same bowl as you will quickly need them. When you start preparing the turkey and its condiments, you can preheat your barbecue on low heat. The first step is to remove the neck and giblets, then gently peel the skin from the turkey breast.
Fold the wings under the back and then spread some of your seasoned butter over the breast meat, and the other over the top and sides of the turkey to "coat" it. If you have any of the mixture left over, you can use it to baste the inside of the turkey. Then season with salt and pepper and you've done most of the work.
You can also stuff your bird with lemon slices, orange wedges, peeled onion and herbs at your convenience.
Before placing the turkey on the barbecue, further seal the top opening by pleating the skin around the neck. You can pour the contents of a bottle of white wine through the other opening. Then place the turkey either on a barbecue platter or on a roasting rack in a roasting pan with the breast facing up.
How long does it take to cook?
Depending on the size of your turkey, it will take between 2 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours at the most to cook the turkey, so plan to use a meat thermometer to make sure the turkey is cooked thoroughly. You'll know it's done when the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reaches about 75°.
And while cooking with a traditional horizontal barbeque is perfectly possible, you can also cook with a vertical barbeque, a relatively new trend that allows you to cook and then grill food vertically. This method avoids the diffusion of smoke on the food or directly towards the face of the person in charge of the barbecue.
A vertical barbecue is also a real safety feature because the supports for holding the cooking baskets are well attached to the main part of the barbecue and contribute to the overall stability of the appliance.
Which marinade should I use for a turkey barbecue?
While you can serve your turkey very well with a sauce created from the cooking fat combined with a chicken stock cube, it is also possible to prepare a marinade specifically for barbecued turkey.
To make this marinade, pour two tablespoons of lemon dill mustard, two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, the same amount of soy sauce and one teaspoon of thyme into a bowl or terrine, mix and season with salt and pepper, and you'll have a special barbecue marinade for your turkey.
Simply place the marinade in a dish of the appropriate size for your turkey and soak your bird in it. Marinate your preparation for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before cooking it on the barbecue.