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Old 11-04-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving camping, any tricks or recipes?

headed out for a Thanksgiving trip to Mills Creek Ranch in Canton Texas.
any suggestions? I love turkey and that oven is small. I have a son with a Peanut allergy so no quick deep frying.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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I absolutely have an answer. Get an oiless fryer called the Big Easy by Char-Broil. You can get them at Lowe's, Home Depot, Amazon, etc for less than $100.

Just take your turkey and inject it with your favorite marinade/injection flavors which can be picked up at any grocery store.

Put the turkey in the basket for the oiless fryer, place the thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast, turn it all on, and walk away.

When the thermometer reaches the temp you want, it's done. (usually about 3 hours for a 12-13 pound bird)

It will be moist, delicious, and hardly any clean-up afterwards. No oil involved......and it is easy, as the name implies.

I just cooked one last weekend for our camping crew.

Char-Broil

http://www.amazon.com/Char-Broil-101...0433926&sr=8-2

I cook many turkeys in mine, and feel free to contact me for tips ,tricks, etc. Unlike the pics in the links, I place the breast up and the legs down...in the basket, as shown in this youtube video. I also don't put the browning lid on till about fifteen minutes before it is done (as you will learn to judge from the cooking temps). This guy in the video didn't actually inject his turkey, but I do all mine and it makes a big difference in the taste.



OK, Who is hungry now, after seeing this? LOL
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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Why not bbq that turkey on a grill ??
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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"Garbage Pail Turkey"

I've cooked at least three turkeys this way and every one came out excellent.

- Drive a 2x3 wooden post into ground; drill hole thru post and insert 10" long wood dowl through the hole to make a "t" approx 8 inches from top of post (the turkey is going to slip over the top of the post and rest on the dowl).
- Make sure turkey will be 3-4 inches below top of garbage can.
- Cover post/dowl and surrounding ground area with alum foil (make sure foil extends beyond area covered by garbage pail).
- Brush turkey with olive oil.
- Season turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder etc.
- (Ok to use thawed turkey.)
- Tie wings and legs.
- Place turkey over top of post, resting on dowl bar.
- Place garbage pail over turkey/post.
- Spread charcoal around base and top of garbage pail.
- Light charcoal, wait until charcoal turns white.
- Cook turkey for 7 minutes per pound.
- If turkey drops off post to ground then it's done.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:31 PM   #5
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Here's what it looks like before charcoal turns white.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:32 PM   #6
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I say just eat steak for thanksgiving ! But hey thats just me !
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:37 PM   #7
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Good suggestion on the Big Easy.... just be sure to take the time to "season" it before using.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:49 PM   #8
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By the way, make sure you have plenty of wine and/or other beverages to share with all of the new camping friends you'll make when they stop to stare and try to figure out just what the heck you're doing with an upside down garbage can surrounded by charcoal. In many ways I think preparing and cooking the turkey is more fun than eating it.

Enjoy!

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