Barbecued turkey with herbs

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
Stephen Ceideburg
9 pounds To 13 lb turkey
¾ cup Vegetable oil
½ cup Chopped parsley
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh sage, or:
2 teaspoons Dried sage, crushed
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh rosemary, or:
2 teaspoons Dried rosemary, crushed
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh thyme, or:
1 teaspoon Dried thyme, crushed
Salt
Cracked black pepper

Use indirect heat, as explained in the recipe to cook a whole turkey or turkey breast. Allow 1¾ to 3 ¼ hours' cook- ing time, depending on the size of your turkey and heat of the coals.

Prepare coals and grill.

Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey under cold water; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine oil, herbs and seasonings in a small bowl. Generously brush on cavities and outer surface of turkey, reserv- ing some mixture to use as a baste.

Pull turkey skin over the neck; secure with a skewer. Tuck wings under back and tie legs together with kitchen twine.

Arrange medium-hot briquettes on two sides of a large metal or foil drip pan. Fill the pan halfway with hot tap water.

Place turkey, breast side up, on grill, directly above the drip pan.

Cover grill and cook turkey 11 to 15 minutes per pound, or until an instant-read meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F, basting occasionally with reserved herb mixture.

Add a few briquettes to both sides of the fire every hour or as necessary to maintain a constant temperature.

Garnish with additional fresh herbs, if desired.

From an article by Miriam Morgan in The San Mateo Times, 5/25/93.

Posted by Stephen Ceideburg

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