Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

An alternative way of cooking turkey that is fun and one heck of a conversation piece at your next cook out.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 turkey
  • your favorite seasoning


  1. Start 20 pounds of charcoal on fire.
  2. Line ground with foil to extend 10" beyond the diameter of the trash can.
  3. Place the turkey on the stake so it is hanging 2" off the ground (legs pointing down).
  4. Rub seasonings into skin as desired.
  5. Place trash can upside down over turkey.
  6. Shovel burning charcoal around the outside of the can and also enough to make one layer on top of inverted can.
  7. Keep adding charcoal so can stays hot.
  8. Check turkey after 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Additional cooking may be required depending on the size and wind.
  10. HINT: To capture the juices, place a bundt pan under the turkey slide down the stake before putting the turkey on the stake.
  11. Instead of the wooden stake you can also use a steel rod that has had a cross piece welded to the top.
  12. It should look like a long legged T.


Most Helpful

Recipe has potential, but I feel there are too many details left out here for me to be adventurous enough to give it a try. I'm still this guy trying to pull our legs?

Ambassadress of GoodHumor August 27, 2002

I had this at a campout. Defintely works, and it is more or less as written. Not sure what spices were used - if any. This comes out very tender. Great for a chilly camping weekend. Come hungry!

MechanicalJen May 28, 2008

This would go over really well with the homeowner's association here where we live. LOL This recipe is perfect for drunken college kids.

JenSoCalifornia Franklin September 23, 2005

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