Grilling Thanksgiving Day Turkey

The big day is upon us, Thanksgiving is only a few short days away. Many of us may have tucked our grills away from the remainder of the year, but there are some true barbecue enthusiasts who insist on grilling their Thanksgiving Turkey!

Grilling a turkey doesn’t sound too bad, right? I mean, a chicken is a bird, a turkey is a bird, there aren’t many differences, right? Wrong! how-to-grill-a-turkey

Beside being much larger than a chicken, whole turkey must be paid close attention to while grilling (you only get one shot a year to make this scrumptious perfection).Kamado Grill Enviroment

Butterball has got the perfect step-by-step guide on how to grill a Turkey on a Charcoal and Gas Grill this Thanksgiving:

OUTDOOR CHARCOAL GRILLING

Charcoal grilling can give you an amazing flavor when you use the right technique. For tasty results use these instructions:

  • Prepare charcoal-covered grill by removing cooking grate and opening all vents.
  • Position drip pan in center of charcoal grate and place 25 to 30 briquettes along each side (lengthwise) of drip pan. Burn briquettes until covered with gray ash, about 30 minutes. Place cooking grate in grill over coals.
  • Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
  • Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
  • Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Cover grill, leaving vents open.
  • Add 6 to 8 briquettes to each side every 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Using meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 170° F in breast.
  • 10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

For the gas grill directions, click here.

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Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving Day is notorious for being one of those stressful holidays.

Thankfully, the Huffington Post has provided us with 13 Cooking Hacks that will make your Thanksgiving a little easier.

1.) Make fluffier mashed potatoes by adding a pinch of baking powder when mashing. The powder mixes with the heat and forms tiny air pockets, and making your mashed potatoes the best on the block!slide_383866_4578582_free

2.) Store mashed potatoes in a slow-cooker. Not only will this free up your stove-top burner, but it will also keep your mashed potatoes warm and ready to enjoy.

3.) Let your dishwasher wash the potatoes for you — and peel them when they come out clean. OR, boil them with the skin on and give them a dunk in cold water once cooked. This will shock the skins loose and make peeling a breeze.

4.) You can slow-cook your turkey overnight. Wait, what? Pop the bird in the oven the evening before and wake up to a nearly completed Thanksgiving feast. Here’s the recipe.

5.) Save your dried out turkey with chicken broth. It happens, people! Pour a little warm chicken broth on top of the slices to add flavor and warmth.slide_383866_4578926_free

6.) Make your pie dough in advance, and then freeze it! It’s one less thing you have to do around the big day. Or, you could just buy one already made. We won’t tell.

7.) Use dried beans or rice in place of pie weights and fashion yourself a pie shield out of aluminum foil.slide_383866_4578862_free

8.) Prepare your gravy ahead of time! That way you don’t have to stress about the gravy when all you and everyone else wants to do is sit down and eat.

9.) Store your gravy in thermos. Genius!

10.) You can chop your veggies and freeze them, days before the big day!

11.) Chop garlic in 10-seconds. Seriously! Here’s the video.

12.) Bring out your cooler. It works as a second fridge. Everything that doesn’t fit in the refrigerator – which is a lot on Thanksgiving – goes in the cooler. It’s so simple, yet so genius.slide_383866_4578628_free

13.) Print out your recipes and tape them to your cabinets. It’ll free up the much-needed counter space that cookbooks or computers take up. Clever!

These 13 simple steps could turn your stressful Thanksgiving Day into an enjoyable experience. Too bad we don’t have a Black Friday survival guide.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrate the Season with an Outdoor Holiday BBQ Cookout

By Angel Beltran

Whether we’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is rapidly approaching. That, of course, means family, friends and food!

Due to the dip in temperature during the fall and winter seasons, holiday dinners are typically hosted within the home. However, a non-traditional form of holiday fare can take place in the backyard or patio.

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Entertaining guests in the backyard or patio encourages a more laid back atmosphere. Combine that with good food and company, and you’ve got the recipe for a successful holiday dinner party! Most outdoor/patio gatherings occur during the daylight to prevent extreme cold from ensuing on your guests. If the party continues into the night, a bonfire or fire pit provides heat and visibility for your guests, as well as an excuse to make s’mores!

Decorating amongst natural foliage can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor holiday get together. Hanging twinkling lights from your patio will have a dramatic effect at dusk. You can also make your own garland by attaching cut outs onto a string: bat shapes for Halloween, leaf-shaped cutouts for Thanksgiving and snowflakes for Christmas. Simplicity is key!

Outdoor umbrellas don’t only provide shade during the day, but also help define your outdoor dining room space. If wind is an issue, you can weight dishes by placing a treat on your guest’s plates as a welcome gift, try a candied apple for a Halloween party! Setting up tables in different locations throughout your patio or backyard with food on one table, and drinks on another, will encourage guests to roam and be more convivial. Simplicity will make your holiday dinner a success and take the stress out of hosting a formal dinner.

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The best part about hosting an outdoor holiday fare is the ability to grill your meal on an authentic grill. Several traditional holiday recipes have been given the rustic treatment and translated into barbecue. Favorites such as corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and even whole turkeys can be prepared on an outdoor grill.

Cooking on an outdoor grill will give you more versatility than cooking on a traditional stove top oven, which is essential while preparing a holiday dinner. The direct heat and indirect heat an outdoor grill produces allows for a variety of cooking styles to occur at once. Direct heat is identified with cooking meats, while indirect heat provides the ability to steam or even bake some of your favorite side dishes. Imagine cutting down your holiday cooking time in half! That means more time to spend with family and friends!

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Whether you enjoy a succulent steak fresh off the grill, or seek comfort next to a cozy bonfire, Cal Flame can help you host your next gathering. Cal Flame has the ability to customize its wide range of hearth and barbecue products depending on the need of each customer. Ranging from barbecues, to fire pits, and fireplaces, Cal Flame offers products that will entertain guests and turn your backyard or patio into a “Home Resort.”

Since outdoor entertaining means simplicity, once guests have gone home or moved the party indoors, your patio or backyard will be a breeze to pack up. Pre-made desserts and holiday-themed cocktails drinks can be shared once the party moves inside.

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Spending quality time with family and friends in a unique setting and Cal Flame products can create a whole new entertaining holiday experience!

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How to Grill a Thanksgiving Turkey

Grilling a turkey for Thanksgiving is gaining popularity among grill masters and families who love spending quality time in the Great Outdoors. Grilling a Thanksgiving turkey is also ideal for families who lack oven space for the big cooking holiday. According to The Spice Hunter, gas grilling can reduce the cooking time and adds a distinct flavor to the turkey. Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to grill a Thanksgiving Turkey:

Here’s what you will need –

  • Small to Medium-sized Turkey
  • Brine: This will prevent the bird from drying out or burning. We recommend a wine or honey brine with your seasoning of choice.
  • Cal Flame 5 Burner Convection Gas Grill with rotisserie. Set the grill between 300 and 350 degrees F, with a target temperature of 325 degrees F. Remove grates prior to grilling.
  • Meat thermometer
  • Extra fuel
  • Time: Be sure to give yourself as much time as you would a standard oven.
  1. Prepare the turkey by removing everything from the inside of the bird and thoroughly rinsing the bird in cold water. Pat dry. Since the bird will be placed on a rotisserie, there is no need to tie the bird.
  2. Brine the bird as desired. Do not stuff the bird. You will need to prepare the stuffing separately.
  3. Place the bird on the rotisserie and begin grilling. Monitor the grilling process to prevent the skin from burning and make sure the heat is getting into the bird.
  4. Use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the bird. Make sure your gas grill’s thermometer is at its target temperature of 325 degrees F.
  5. When grilling, estimate 15 to 18 minutes per pound. Place aluminum turkey tray in place of drip tray in grill to catch drippings from the turkey and to prevent flare-ups.
  6. After two (2) hours of grilling, check internal temperature of bird. Target temperature of bird is 165 degrees F. Be sure to test different parts of the bird, but be patient as the internal temperature should only increase by 10 degrees every 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. After turkey is fully cooked, remove bird from grill. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before carving your bird. This will keep the juices in the turkey meat.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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