Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 hrs
From the Thanksgiving edition of Living 2007. Placed here for safe keeping to make this Thanksgiving.
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 (22 lb) whole turkey, rinsed and patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for Giblet Gravy (fresh or thawed, about 22 lbs)
- Combine oil, salt, and pepper to make a paste. Rub over outside of turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.
- Place about 50 coals in a chimney starter, and ignite; heat until just gray. Place a 9 X 13 inch disposable aluminum roasting pan in the center of the bottom rack. Pour coals onto rack on either side of pan, dividing them evenly. Replace top grill rack. Place turkey on center rack over pan, and cover. Grill, adding 8 coals to each pile every 45 minutes to maintain heat, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh )avoiding bone) reads 165 degrees (Begin checking after about 3 hours; cooking may take up to 5 hours depending on the exact size of the bird). Tent with parchment lined foil. Let stand 30 minutes. Reserve drippings from rasting pan for Giblet Gravy.