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Question on vertical roasting a turkey

So, the wife decided to sign us up to host Thanksgiving this year.  I agreed provided that I got to do the bird on the egg.  She of course had no objection to this since I do all the cooking anyway :)

Last weekend I went to a class on grilling turkey at my local egg dealer and got a lot of great info.  Based on what they presented, I've decided I'm going to go with the vertical method.  I've got the necessary hardware however I lost the notes I took at the class and am missing two important pieces of information.  First, what temp. should I have the grill at?  I seem to recall the guy at the class said 300, but I could be off.  Other posts I've seen seem to say 350 - 275.  Second, about how long per pound should I be looking at if I'm going at whatever the recommended temp is?  I'm planning to do a 16 lb bird.  I've done some searching here and elsewhere online and there seems to be a fair amount of variation as to time per pound.

Thanks in advance!


  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,047
    edited November 2013
    Mad max does his at 325. I imagine anything in that 300-350 range you'll be fine

    I did a 20# bird last year and believe, going off my memory, was 6-7 hours? If I had to guess, and smarter peole than me will chime in, you are looking at 3-4 hours for a 16 lb depending on temp?
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,479
    MDSH just did a 14 lb and 15 lb at 325 and one took 2:20 and the other 2:40. Always cook to temp.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • Cooked a 11 or 12 lb. bird this week @ 350 for the first 2 hours and the rest of the time about 300 and when it was finally at temp I want to say it was around about 2 and a half hours. 

  • Have a look at this if you are going on a stand. This was 325* indirect


    Caledon, ON


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,983
    @Mickey does a turbo... 15 minutes at 950 degrees. 22 lb bird on the mini... He's a genius.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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