BBQ Turkey


BBQ your holiday turkey on the grill to free up space in the oven. This recipe can be used with almost any size bird. It's so good, we rarely have any leftovers.

close up view of BBQ Turkey on a platter with kale
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs


  • 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup chicken soup base

  • 5 medium apples, cored and cut into wedges

  • 3 sweet onions, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 1 cup butter, cut into cubes

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, or to taste

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine


  1. Preheat a gas grill for low heat.

  2. Rub turkey all over with softened butter, inside and out, Repeat with chicken base.

  3. Toss apples, onions, butter cubes, and garlic together in a large bowl. Stuff turkey with apple mixture and place into a disposable aluminum roasting pan. Fold turkey skin around the neck area to cover the hole. Turn turkey over and pour wine into the opening at the other end until turkey is full or the bottle is empty.

  4. Turn turkey so the breast is facing up. Insert a pop-up timer or heat-safe meat thermometer into the breast. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil.

  5. Place the roasting pan on the preheated grill and close the lid. Roast until the temperature in the breast reads 170 degrees F (75 degrees C) and the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 180 degrees C (80 degrees C), about 4 hours depending on the temperature of your grill.

  6. Just before turkey reaches the correct temperature, remove the aluminum foil so it can brown during the final minutes of cooking. If it starts to brown too much, replace the foil.

  7. Remove from the grill and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1294 Calories
77g Fat
16g Carbs
118g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 1294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 77g 98%
Saturated Fat 32g 162%
Cholesterol 468mg 156%
Sodium 1310mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 118g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 1711mg 36%

* 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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