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Vertical roaster for turkey

chucklschuckls Posts: 399
edited 1:13AM in EggHead Forum
I've committed myself to providing a roast turkey for a going away party - now I have to put up (too late to shut up). I've never done a turkey before, and have only done a couple of spatchcocked chickens, so I don't want to ruin this attempt.[p]My local Ace hardware has a vertical roaster for a chicken - the kind that will hold a beer can. Will this work also for a turkey? Or is it likely too small. Any other turkey hints are sure appreciated...[p]Thanks


  • GaDawgGaDawg Posts: 178
    I believe Cabellas and Bass Pro have a larger one for
    turkeys, but a v-rack works well also. I brine my turkeys
    overnight, dry them off and rub with olive oil, kosher salt
    and pepper. Put the bird in the rack over an upside down
    plate setter with a drip pan. 350-375 till done.

  • chuckls,
    why not spatchcock the turkey, I had one posted last week by another egger on here and it was truly SAHWEET !!!

  • GretlGretl Posts: 670
    I have had delicious and dependable turkeys done in the spatchcock method. Brined or not, you get a very moist and tasty bird by adding olive oil and seasoning UNDER the skin. About 350 on a raised grid until 180 thigh temp, 170 breast temp, and you're all set to go. I don't flip, and keep the dome closed. Adding a sauce for the last 15 minutes can give a nice glaze to the skin.
    Have fun!

  • chuckls,
    I would recommend a 40 oz. can of fosters and iy you dont want beer turkey then drink the beer and sub your favorite liquid!

  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    chuckls,[p]Spantek makes a variety of vertical wire bird sitters that work very well. The chicken sitter is too small for even a small turkey. I recommend using the vertical sitters as the skin browns evenly with no grid marks, making a nice presentation, and the finished bird can be carved directly from the sitter.[p]Below is a link to a recipe that is easy for the first attempt at turkey and works very well when done on the vertical sitter.[p]Spin
    [ul][li]Super Buzzard[/ul]
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