Garbage Can Turkey

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Not the conventional way of cooking a turkey, but the results are amazing and the bird tastes wonderful. Seasoning can be added, but is not necessary.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • aluminum foil

  • 15 inch wooden stake

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • new 15 gallon metal garbage can with lid

Directions

  1. Lay about 3 long sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil out on the grass to make a square about 3x3 feet. Pound the wooden stake into the ground in the center of the aluminum foil.

  2. Fill the lid of the garbage can with a large pile of charcoal, and light. Place the whole turkey (thawed of course) onto the stake, legs down. Turn the garbage can upside down, and place over the turkey. Place piles of lighted coals on the top, and around the sides of the can.

  3. Cook for at least 1 1/2 hours, or keep going until coals go out. Do not lift can during cooking. Brush the charcoal off of the can, and lift off carefully as some heat may rush out when you lift the can. The internal temperature of the turkey should be at least 180 degrees F (83 degrees C) when taken in the thickest part of the thigh.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

671 Calories
31g Fat
91g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 671
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Protein 91g
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 903mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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