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Out Of Oven Space? Use Your Charcoal BBQ Grill For Thanksgiving

Out Of Oven Space? Use Your Charcoal BBQ Grill For Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving means lots of food and family so if you’re in charge of cooking for a crowd, you might be worried about just how you’re going to fit the entire meal in the oven. After all, there’s a lot of different foods to cook, including mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, dressing, vegetables and rolls and this doesn’t even include dessert! To help make space in your oven for all those delicious dishes, consider using your charcoal BBQ grill to cook your turkey and veggies.

Using Your Charcoal BBQ Grill For The Turkey

To start, make sure that your turkey is completely thawed and rub the inside and outside with a little butter and your favorite seasonings and stuff it with onions if you’re not planning to stuff it with dressing. Place the turkey inside a high sided foil pan and place it on your charcoal BBQ grill. If you can’t find a pan large enough to fit your turkey, create your own using three layers of heavy duty foil. Cook your turkey on your charcoal BBQ grill at 150 degrees for around 20 minutes per pound.

It’s hard to look at a turkey and tell if it’s done. In years past, home chefs used to wiggle one of the legs — if it was loose, it was thought that the turkey was done. However, by the time a leg is wiggly, your turkey will be incredibly dry! Instead, look for a thermometer that’s designed to be used with your charcoal BBQ grill.

Cooking Your Veggies On Your Charcoal BBQ Grill

Green bean casserole is a popular Thanksgiving veggie, but if you’re looking for something a little healthier, put seasoned veggies brushed with olive oil in a vegetable basket on your charcoal BBQ grill. When you use a veggie basket, they won’t take long to cook and you won’t have to worry about them falling through the grates to the charcoal down below. These veggies can be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table and you might just have your friends and family members begging for them year after year.

Cooking your turkey and sides on your charcoal BBQ grill can free up oven space, which means you might just have more room for sweets and other treats. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about overheating your home, which is definitely good news if you’re expecting a household full of guests!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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