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Grilled Turkey with Apple Stuffing

  • Servings: 10
  • Course: Main Dish

Wrapping the stuffing in an aluminum foil packet is an easy way cook on the grill. Here the stuffing steams inside the aluminum foil packet on the grill alongside the turkey. When everything is ready, just unfold or cut open the packet and remove to serve with the turkey. Then toss the packet. It's that easy. Covering turkey with foil after removing from the grill keeps the surface from cooling off too fast while it stands. The standing time helps it retain its juices so the turkey meat won’t be dry.

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  • 4 cups apple or orange wood chips
  • 1 10- to 12-pound fresh or frozen whole turkey
  • Vegetable oil
  • 6 cups dry wheat bread cubes
  • 2 large apples, coarsely shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds or hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2/3 cup apple juice, apple cider, or water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Aluminum foil


Step 1

Thaw turkey if frozen. Cover wood chips with water and soak for at least 1 hour before grilling. (For gas grills, follow manufacturer's directions for using wood chips.) Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Rub skin of turkey with oil. Skewer neck skin to back. Twist wing tips under back. Tuck ends of drumsticks under band of skin across tail, or tie drumsticks to tail.

Step 2

Drain wood. In a covered grill, arrange medium-hot coals around sides of grill. Test for medium heat where turkey will cook. Sprinkle about 1 cup of the wood chips onto hot coals. Insert a meat thermometer into thickest part of turkey, without touching bone. Place turkey over drip pan. Cover and grill for 1-3/4 hours; cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs cook evenly. Cover and grill for 1 to 1-3/4 hours more or until drumsticks move easily in their socket and turkey is no longer pink (180° degrees F).

Step 3

Or, preheat gas grill. Adjust heat for indirect cooking. Test for medium heat where turkey will cook. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan; set the pan on the grill rack over unlit burner. Cover and grill as above.

Step 4

Meanwhile, for stuffing, combine bread cubes, apple, almonds or hazelnuts, green onion, apple juice, melted butter, and thyme in a large bowl. Tear off two 24x18-inch pieces of aluminum foil. Divide mixture in half. Spoon stuffing down the center of each piece of aluminum foil. Bring up two opposite edges of the foil and seal with a double fold. Fold in remaining ends to completely enclose the stuffing, leaving space for steam to build.

Step 5

Place the aluminum foil packets directly over medium-hot coals, and grill for the last 20 minutes of turkey grilling time or until stuffing is heated through.

Step 6

For glaze, combine apple jelly, water, and ground ginger in a small saucepan. Cook and stir until jelly is melted. Set aside and brush glaze on turkey the last 15 minutes of grilling.

Step 7

Remove turkey from grill, and cover with aluminum foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with stuffing. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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