Gearing Up for a Grilled Thanksgiving

Turkey day is around the corner, which can only mean one thing: bedlam. Yes, it’s that time of year again when consumers are prone to starting wars over the last hams in stores, kids are thinking up inventive disappearing acts for their Brussels sprouts, and unprepared grill masters can be found quietly crying in the backyard. Okay, so it may not be that bad at your house but it could always be better.

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If you’re hosting this year’s gathering and you haven’t read our post on how to host a top-notch Thanksgiving at the grill, then you’ll definitely want to do that when you’re done here. Before you head on over there, though, we have several more tips to offer you for a great grilled Thanksgiving. 

Tip 1: Grill Two Smaller Turkeys

“Two turkeys! Are you mad?”

Nope. In fact, two smaller turkeys are not only going to help you feed a larger crowd, but they’re easier to cook all the way through without losing their juiciness. No one likes a dry bird, so pick a couple of smaller ones to make things easier for you. Worst case scenario is that you’ll have scraps for some of our lip-smacking Thanksgiving leftovers recipes—and we’ve never heard anyone complain about that.

Tip 2: Buy Cuts Instead Of a Whole Bird

A whole, grilled turkey beautifully displayed on your Thanksgiving table is certainly something to behold, but it’s not always the most sensible or economical option. If you’re only feeding a few people, consider purchasing a variety of boneless breasts, tenderloins, cutlets and drumsticks. They’re great for grilling and equally delicious. Plus, they’ll cook in a fraction of the time a whole bird requires, and there’s no reason you can’t make them look great on a platter.

Tip 3: Make Sure Your Turkey Fits Your Grill

Whether you’re grilling one large turkey, two smaller turkeys, or you’re trying out something completely different, make sure your meat fits your grill. The lid should be able to close completely and not simply rest on rest on top of whatever you have in there.

Tip 4: Keep a Close Eye on the Temperature

This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s all too easy to get caught up in crazy Thanksgiving festivities and forget about monitoring your grill’s temperature. This tip is especially crucial for those of you who reside in colder climates as it can be a little harder to keep the temperature steady. Ultimately, you want to be around 350° to 375° during the entire cook, so make sure you set an alarm to check the temperature at regular intervals. Don’t open the lid more than absolutely necessary as this will affect the heat.

Tip 5: Get Your Equipment Ready

From scrubbing your grill, testing your equipment, and making sure you have enough fuel to taking out your grilling tools, buying enough of the right ingredients, and preparing your dishes, you have your work cut out for you. Be sure to make a checklist so that you’re not caught off guard. Keep in mind that turkeys take a good while to thaw and any brining or injecting plans need to be considered.

A grilled Thanksgiving may not necessarily be traditional, but it’s guaranteed to be tasty. Be prepared and you’re sure to be triumphant. Don’t forget, leftovers are mighty good—especially if you’re using them in one of our recipes.

Happy grilled Thanksgiving from the Grill Beast family to yours!

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