Cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving is something everyone should be responsible for at least once in their life. Talk to several different cooks and they all have their own method of cooking a turkey including smoking, frying, baking, and spatchcock. At the end of the day, you want to serve a turkey that is moist, delicious and looks beautiful. This recipe will walk you through roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving on a Big Green Egg. This is not about smoking a turkey, though this does have a hint of smoke flavor. Now sit back, grab a nice glass of Beaujolais nouveau, and enjoy this post for Big Green Egg Thanksgiving Turkey.
Big Green Egg Thanksgiving Turkey
Making the brine couldn’t be easier than with Ryan Lane’s new product. The Apple Cider Vinegar gives this brine the perfect flavor profile for the turkey. Just mix 3 cups with 2.5 gallons of water and you are good to go.
Place the turkey in the brine, cover, and refrigerate overnight (12-24 hours).
After 24 hours remove the brined turkey from the bucket and rinse well ensuring all the salt is removed.
Pat the brined turkey dry with paper towels and place back in the fridge for another 24 hours. This will dry the bird’s skin helping you to achieve that crispiness everyone loves.
After 24 hours remove the bird from the fridge while you set up the Big Green Egg. To ensure the breasts cook at the same time as the thighs/legs place a Ziploc bag full of ice on top of the turkey breasts (trust me on this).
Set up your Big Green Egg for indirect cooking using a ConvEGGerator. Place several chunks of hickory wood in with the charcoal to give your bird a hint of smoke.
Pick your favorite BBQ rub for the turkey to add some extra flavor to the skin. Mad Max from Dizzy Pig is a great choice as the flavor profile is built just for turkey with garlic, salt, sugar, and lemon peel.
Rub the outside of your bird with olive oil or with softened butter and then apply the rub.
Use a drip pan on top of the ConvEGGerator filled halfway with chicken stock, white wine, and some aromatics. This will catch all the drippings from the turkey as it cooks and can be used later for the gravy.
Once the Big Green Egg is up to 325° and is stabilized it is time to place the bird inside. Set the turkey on the grilling grate above the drip pan sitting on top of the ConvEGGerator.
You want the bird to measurer 165° in the breast and thigh using a digital thermometer. Check the turkey every hour to measure the temp and baste it with the drippings. This 14-pound bird took 2.5 hours until it was ready. Once it measures 165° pull the turkey off the Big Green Egg and place on a carving board.
Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Clean the turkey and keep trimmings, neck, etc. to the side for gravy
- Mix 3 c of Lane's Signature Brine with 2.5 Gallons of water
- Place the turkey in the brine and let sit for 24 hours in a refrigerator
- After 24 hours pull the turkey from the brine and rinse well
- Pat dry and place the turkey (uncovered) back in the fridge for another 24 hours to let the skin dry
- After 24 hours take the turkey out of the refrigerator and place a Ziploc bag full of ice on the turkey breasts (this will help the breasts cook at the same time as the thighs/legs)
- Prep your Big Green Egg for indirect cooking and set to 325°
- I used a few chunks of hickory wood to add smoke flavor to the turkey
- Place a drip pan half full of chicken stock, white wine, and your favorite aromatics to catch the drippings
- Remove the ice from the turkey and rub all over with olive oil or softened butter
- Liberally add the BBQ rub to your turkey
- Stuff the turkey's cavity with the apple, lemon, and onion
- Once the BGE is up to temp place the turkey in on the grilling grate over the drip pan
- Check progress every hour waiting for the turkey to come up to 165° measured in the breast and thigh
- When you check on the bird you can use a turkey baster to draw juices from the drip pan and baste the bird inside and out
- I had a 14-pound bird for this cook and it took me 2.5 hours until it was ready
- Pull the turkey when the temp measures 165° and allow it to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving