Turkey on a gas grill? Help!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by hoffmaba, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    So, Thanksgiving is at my sister's house and I'm in charge of the turkey. I've had great success spatchcocking and smoking on my WSM, but my sis only has a gas grill (From Lowes: Char-broil Advantage 3 burner). 

    I guess I have two questions:

    1. Should I give up on smoking this year?

    2. If this is doable and reliable, what tips do you all have?

  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Can't give specifics unless you take a therm and test the grill but...In general, lighting one burner and putting the bird on the opposite side, indirect heat, will easily get it done. You can expect temps in the high 200's to low 300's. A Pellet tube or foil pouch of chips will make all the smoke you need. There is also Do Ahead...I cooked off 2 20lbs birds, sliced and shingled the meat in pans. You can add about 1/2" broth or a healthy dose of Gravy and cover in foil. I used Gravy. Took all to my Brother's house, about 30-40 minutes at 325 and we were eating. Just get it hot without further cooking, 160°F...JJ
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
  3. casmurf

    casmurf Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    ​Do an internet search for amazingribs.com. There is a step by step process for smoking a turkey on a gas grill.I did it once a few years back before I got a dedicated smoker. It worked as advertised but it was sort of a PITA. There is enough time for you to do a practice run before the big day.  Good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Jerry S.
  4. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    What a good idea, Jimmy! We're a plane ride away, so that wouldn't quite work. Also, I'm  kind of Thanksgiving purest. I like cooking it on the day. Love that outside the box thinking though :)
  5. hoffmaba

    hoffmaba Fire Starter

    Jerry, that site is so detailed. Thanks!  
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Pack a good thermo probe to monitor the cooking chamber, and the bird when you put it ib.I can bake Cobblers ,Corn Bread and probably any thing I want, doing that. Set the CC probe let it preheat and use it like an oven. Good luck post it up when you do it

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