Trash Can Turkey

READY IN: 6hrs




  • 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.