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Savory Grilled Turkey

My family likes this recipe so much that we tried grilling in a sheltered spot during the winter. It worked! Now we can enjoy this juicy, grilled bird all year long. —Karen Buenting, Livermore, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Grill: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 turkey (12 pounds)
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon A.1. steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce


  • Remove giblets from turkey (discard or save for another use). Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  • Place turkey over drip pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Set aside 2/3 cup for serving.
  • Grill turkey 1-2 hours longer or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting frequently with remaining sauce. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with reserved sauce.
Nutrition Facts
8 ounce-weight: 670 calories, 40g fat (17g saturated fat), 285mg cholesterol, 515mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.

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  • Mintb
    Nov 27, 2010

    Made this last and my family really enjoyed this.

  • julyprincesspatricia
    Nov 16, 2010

    I think Ms. Karen has done way too much work to grill her bird. I do mine similarly to using an electric oven: stuff bird, place in black roasting pan, baste with butter, cover with loose tent of foil, baste with drippings every 1/2 hour. Remove foil last 30 minutes of cooking & cook 'til timer pops up. My gas grill runs hot, so I use "low" temp. Yummy!

  • bziol
    Nov 15, 2010

    We have grilled our turkey the last 5 years and absolutely love it! To allow for an even more juicy bird we brine the turkey at least overnight, preferably 24 hours before cooking. Always comes out tasty and perfect.

  • julie1910
    Nov 15, 2010

    We started grilling Turkey's In Wisconsin for the last 30 years. I wouldn't eat my turkey's any other way!!!