Recipe by FloraandMerriwether
A whole turkey roasted upright on a stake under a metal trash can. The moistest, tastiest turkey I've ever eaten. This is a Boy Scout Recipe. It's just great!
Top Review by Audrey M
I have made these recipes over the years. I was an Occupational Thereapist at a nursing home and we would have a pig roast and I would do a turkey this way. It is also great with just vegetables. Corn is on the bottom lined up and then other vegetables topped with cabbage. I do have to do you MUST HAVE A GALVANIZED TRASH CAN chemicals from the can aren't absorbed by the food.
- 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 (12 lb) turkey, thawed if frozen
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Also requires: 1 Wood or Metal Stake (at least 1" thick and 20" long), Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, 1 Clean 30 Gallon Metal Trash Can.
- 20 Lbs. Charcoal.
- Mix poultry seasoning, salt, mustard, pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl and stir to mix.
- Remove giblets from neck or body cavity of the turkey and set aside for use another time (or gravy).
- Remove and discard the fat just inside the cavities of the turkey.
- Rinse turkey inside and out under cold running water and blot dry with paper towels.
- Season the bird with the rub, placing 1 TBS into the neck cavity and 2 TBS int0 the body cavity.
- Brush or rub the outside of the turkey all over with the olive oil and sprinkle it with the remaining rub.
- Put covered into refrigerator and let cure for 4 hours or overnight.
- Clear a 4 foot circle on the ground, using a shovel (do this on dirt, not your grass).
- Cover the circle with heavy duty aluminum foil.
- Drive the stake into the ground in the center of the circle, so it sticks up about 16" above the ground.
- Light the charcoal in a grill.
- Holding the turkey with the neck end at the top, lower it onto the stake.
- The tail end of the bird should be about 6" above the ground.
- Place the trash can over the turkey, keeping the bird in the center and resting the trash can on the ground.
- Shovel 1/3 of the coals on top of the trash can and the remainder around the outside; these should come 3 to 4" up the sides of the can.
- Cook the turkey until cooked through (1 1/2- 2 hours).
- Using a shovel, remove the coals and ash from the sides and top of the can.
- Lift the can off the turkey- CAREFUL- The can will be HOT!
- Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
- Let it rest for 10- 15 minutes, then carve and serve.