THE best outdoor turkey
Jim Peterson (KUPETE@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:07:04 -0600
Okay folks, here's the instructions for THE most spectacular and
amazing way to roast a turkey. No, not even grandma's time-tested
recipe will beat this! The turkey is golden brown all the way
around and incredibly juicy! All of my scouting friends now roast
their family Thanksgiving turkey in this fashion. Here goes:
4ea 4ft steel rebar stakes or equivalent (scrap 1/2"pipe, etc)
4ea 10in X 3ft strips of chicken wire rolled into 3ft tubes
1 roll heavy duty, wide aluminum foil
3ea 8ft staves
charcoal and starter
1ea thawed turkey - popout button type or use meat therm.
lea large onion
trowel or tongs
1. Pound 4ft stakes into ground to make a 3ft X 3ft square
2. Using wire, attach chickenwire tubes to stakes.
3. Wrap aluminum foil around stakes and tubes to make a box. Wrap
two strips high. Crimp strips together at center seam. You should
now have a 3ft square reflector oven.
4. Wire staves together to form tripod and place over box.
5. Remove giblets, wash turkey, rub with salt inside and out.
Quarter onion and put inside turkey.
6. Wrap turkey with wire and suspend from tripod into center of
7. Start charcoal, when ready, use trowel or tongs to fill chicken
wire tubes with hot charcoal.
8. As turkey cooks, add more unlit charcoal by tapping stakjes to
make coals sink down.
This is guaranteed to work the first time! An eighteen-twenty
pound turkey takes about four hours to cook. After the first two
hours you'll say"NO WAY...this bird is still raw!" An hour or
two later it will be absolutely golden brown and beautiful. You
won't believe how juicy it is!
I've been quartermastering for our Scoutmaster Fundamentals training
for four years. (we do an extended version, two WED nights and two
weekends!) It has been a smash hit every session! This weekend at
training we're doing a whole goat this way just for variety!
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ASM, Troop 55, Lawrence, KS
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