Barbecue-Roast Lemon Herb Turkey with Gravy

Author: Canadian Living

Roasting turkey on the barbecue is surprisingly easy. Perhaps the crisp-skinned, bronzed bird, with its hint of smokiness, will create a whole new  tradition as guests watch the grill instead of the television. It also frees up space in the oven for accompaniments, such as stuffing and vegetables.

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : © CanadianLiving.com

Ingredients

  • 14 lbs turkey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
Lemon Herb Butter:
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method

Lemon Herb Butter: In bowl, vigorously stir together butter, thyme, rosemary, minced garlic, lemon rind, salt and pepper; set aside.

Remove neck and giblets from turkey; rinse turkey inside and out. Pat dry. Place, breast side up, on work surface. Using hands and being careful not to tear skin, gently loosen skin from meat, starting at end of largest cavity (not neck) and working toward neck end. Spread Lemon Herb Butter under skin, all over breast. Gently press skin to distribute Lemon Herb Butter evenly underneath.

Squeeze lemon into cavity; place in turkey along with thyme and rosemary. Skewer neck skin to back. Using kitchen string, tie legs together and wings to body.

Place foil drip pan under grill of barbecue where turkey will sit. Heat 1 burner of 2-burner barbecue or 2 outside burners of 3-burner barbecue to medium. Place turkey, breast side up, on greased grill over unlit burner. Close lid and cook, adjusting heat to keep temperature at 350°F (180°C), until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 185°F (85°C), about 2-3/4 hours. Transfer to platter or cutting board. Tent with foil; let stand for 20 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, remove drip pan from barbecue. Reserving 1 tbsp (15 mL) fat for gravy, strain drippings into measuring cup; skim off fat. Add enough chicken stock to make 2 cups (500 mL).

In saucepan, heat reserved fat over medium-high heat; add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in stock mixture, any juices from platter, salt and pepper; cook, whisking, until bubbly and thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour into gravy boat and serve with turkey.
 

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 245 mg
  • Protein 57 g
  • Calories 469.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Cholesterol 177 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g

%RDI

  • Iron 27.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 7.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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