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The Easy Step-By-Step Method For Cooking Delicious BBQ Roast Turkey

Posted on Monday, December 14, 2015

Perfect Basics - Whole BBQ Roast Turkey

Even with a plain old supermarket turkey, this technique will give good results, but if you can, get free range turkey - the flavour and texture justify the extra cost without a doubt.

  • 1 whole turkey - preferably free range
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 50 g butter
  • 6 large fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large lemon, quartered
  • 1 tablesp olive oil
  • 5 tablsp chicken stock or water
  • salt & pepper for seasoning
  1. Make sure the turkey and the butter are at room temperature. If you've just taken the bird out of the fridge, you'll need to extend the cooking times significantly to compensate.
  2. Put the garlic in the gut cavity, and then fold up the rosemary and thyme sprigs and shove them in as well.
  3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper into the cavity and then push in the lemon quarters. Drizzle in the olive oil as well.
  4. Use a small skewer to hold the opening of the stomach cavity closed.
  5. Use your hands to rub the butter into the skin of the bird, making sure to get it all over. Wash your hands and then sprinkle a little salt over the bird.
  6. Pre-heat your hooded BBQ to 220°C (428°F) and when it reaches temperature, put the bird on a baking rack in an oven tray, breast down and put it in the BBQ.
  7. After 20 minutes check that the bird is cooking evenly and adjust it's position if required. Add the 6 tablsp of stock or water to the tray. You also need to lower the BBQ temperature to 180°C (356°F).
  8. After another 30 minutes, check that the bird is cooking evenly and adjust if required. Put in another 3 tablsp of stock or water. Close the BBQ hood.
  9. Now from here, the cooking time is going to depend upon the size of your bird. It will range from another 70 minutes (small bird) to 170 minutes (v. large bird). Whatever the size, keep checking it every 30-40 minutes to make sure it is cooking evenly and that the juice on the bottom ofthe tray is not burning (add more water if it is).
  10. The target temperature in the thickest part of the breast is 80°C (176°F) - check it using a thermometer probe. Put the probe in approximately 3/4 of the way into the breast meat, making sure you don't go too far and hit bone.

Once the internal temperature is achieved, turn off the BBQ, but leave the hood closed. Leave the bird there for 20 minutes to allow the proteins to relax a little (i.e. the meat loosens up).

It's important to note here that salmonella bacteria die at 74°C (165°F)so do not turn off the heat if the bird's internal temperature is much less than 80°C (176°F).

You've now cooked the perfect BBQ roast turkey - serve and enjoy.

Perfect Basics - Whole BBQ Roast Turkey - Advanced
Exactly the same process as above, but brine the bird for 12 hours before hand.
Once you take the bird out of the brine, pat it dry with paper and make sure it is at room temperature before proceeding with the above recipe.

Find out how how brining works, here.
Get some great brine recipes, here.

The above requires a significant amount of planning and effort but if you have the time and the inclination, the end result is stunning - you will be amazed at the difference it makes.

Source - http://www.bbq-down-under.com/

16 Succulent Christmas BBQ Recipes For The Big Day!

Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

With December 25th just around the corner many of you will be hosting for family and friends but still thinking what favourites you’re going to be serving up. Because Aussies love summer and barbecues we’ve decided to put together some of our favourite Christmas BBQ Recipes that you could whip up for your guests.

We have covered the old favourites plus a few new-era delights to wow your guests (and the vegetarians too!).

Not sure if you’re current BBQ is up to scratch? Take a look at our vast range of built in, freestanding and kettle barbeques. Still not sure? Talk to one of our Gas Works BBQ Experts to help find what will work better for you.

Christmas BBQ Recipes:

1. Perfect Christmas Turkey

Christmas BBQ Turkey

Although an overseas tradition, the Christmas Turkey has become more and more popular in Australia. This recipe adds an Aussie old faithful in the Webber Kettle to produce an amazing and succulent meal for many people. Anthony Pettorino is the foodie who served up this recipe. View his website for ingredients and cooking instructions!

2. Aussie Barbecued Chook

BBQ Chicken

This is a great recipe by an up and coming cook that goes by the name of ‘Not Quite Nigela’. Her name is Lorraine Elliott and she has an amazing Barbecue Chicken recipe that uses only Aussie ingredients, with two of them being Victoria Bitter and native bush spices. Lorraine takes you through the whole process and will have you serving an amazing Aussie chook in no time.

3. Christmas BBQ Ham

Christmas Ham Recipe

The Christmas ham is definitely a staple on the table of many Christmas lunches and dinners. But many of us buy them pre-cooked and ready to slice. But this Recipe by Tony Grigg of South Australia on the Heat Beads website makes you want to throw the apron on and get stuck in. This recipe also needs the services of a Weber Kettle (if you haven’t got one they make a great Christmas present!). View Tony’s ingredients and directions here.

4. Rum and Coke Ribs

Whenever anyone thinks of eating ribs they think of messy messy goodness. This recipe by acclaimed chef Peter Evans for lifestylefood.com.au will have you licking your fingers rather than reaching for the napkins. This recipe is quite easy to get going and the cooking process is fairly hands off, which makes it a great recipe to involve your kids.

5. Aussie Barbecued Lamb Roast

BBQ Lamb Roast

Lamb… it is such a great tasting meat and personally even if I didn’t like it, Sam Kekovich’s Lamb commercials would have turned me for sure! It is such a succulent type of meat when cooked on a Webber over coals and when using Terry McEvoy’s recipe on the heatbeads.com.au website. This is a great recipe with minimal ingredients that lets the cooking process create the wholesome flavour.

6. Mixed Satay Skewers

Satay BBQ Skewers

Satay skewers are great Christmas foods because they are easy to cook, distribute and eat. As nibbles they can be handed straight to your guests with a napkin. No need to dirty up any more plates, you’ll have a few of them at the end of the day that’s for sure! This recipe uses both chicken and a bit of variety. You’ll see that most of the ingredients should be hanging around in your pantry so you shouldn’t need to buy too much for these tasty treats. Take a look at the full ingredients list here.

7. Barbecued Citrus and Garlic Prawns

BBQ Prawns

An Aussie Christmas just isn’t the same without some sort of seafood! Rather than having just cold prawns this year why not take half and get them sizzling on the barbecue with an amazing marinade. This recipe by Kathie on allrecipes.com.au has been saved as a favourite over 190 times! I have no doubt these would be an amazing addition to any backyard Christmas.

8. Smokey Barbecued Meatball Skewers

BBQ Meatball Skewers

You know by now I love food on skewers, so easy to prepare, cook and eat. So it’s no wonder I’ve added another amazing skewer based meal to the list! These tasty barbecue meatball skewers go to another level with the added bacon and smokey barbeque sauce. Take a look at Liz Macri’s recipe that was also in the April 2011 edition of Super Food Ideas.

9. Barbecued Salmon

BBQ Salmon

This little beauty is great if you’re looking for a fresh and light meal for your guests. The accompanying dressing with garlic, capers and olives delivers amazing flavours along with the smokey flavour brought on by the barbecued Salmon. Check out the recipe here.

10. Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin

BBQ Pork Loin

Any pork recipe that includes crackling is a winner in my mind. This stuffed pork loin is a great dish to add to your Christmas arsenal and the accompanying step-by-step video guide on taste.com.au will have you serving up the tastiest rolled pork roast in no time!

11. Asparagus on the Barbecue

BBQ Asparagus

We’ve made it to the important roughage to help complement the array of meats that you’ll have on show. Asparagus on the barbie is a great addition to any plate. It is a great light and fresh side dish that only needs a little olive oil and salt and pepper to bring a little more of the flavour out. Take a look at the recipe and reviews here.

12. Barbecued Marinated Vegetables

BBQ Marinated Vegetables

As a side dish these vegetables will go great with any of the meats you decide to dish out on the big day. Cooking them on skewers will make it a lot easier to cook them evenly and place on plates. The leftovers are also great with crusty bread! Take a look at the recipe here.

13. Quick and Easy Barbecued Potatoes

BBQ Potatoes

Do you love the taste of roast potatoes with the crispy outer shell and the warm and creamy inside? Well you’ll love these barbecued potatoes. They give the same great texture and taste that oven cooked potatoes give but they can be done while cooking the rest of your food on the barbie. I love efficiency! Check out the recipe by stylistmama on allrecipes.com.au here.

14. Haloumi Cheese Fingers

BBQ Haloumi Cheese Sticks

If you love cheese then this is definitely a recipe for you! Add a little Cypriot-style to your Christmas this year with some barbecued haloumi cheese fingers. They go great with a greek salad and crusty bread or as finger food before the big feast begins! Take a look at Linda’s recipe on allrecipes.com.au.

15. Barbecued Corn

BBQ Corn Cobs

Corn on the cob is a great addition to any meal. Not only does it look great on the plate but when smothered in herb butter they won’t be left until last to be eaten. They are also a fun meal for kids to eat, which is a great way to keep them occupied for a while.  Other recipes can include a bit of chilli to spice things up but I think you’ll love this recipe that caters for everyone.

16. Barbecued Tofu Burgers

BBQ Tofu Burgers

When you host a Christmas day meal you have to make sure you cater for everyone’s needs. It is a special day and you’d hate to see someone left out. Some guests may have peanut or seafood allergies, which can be a hazard. But then there are also guests that may be Vegetarians. It is imperative to find out ahead of time if anyone is and if so you can whip up a couple of these amazing barbecued tofu burgers. This recipe has been known to receive the nod from the most picky eaters that enjoy their red meat. Check out Tracy Rutherford’s recipe that was in the March 2004 edition of Super Food Ideas.

The Christmas BBQ Recipes are in your hands!

I think you’ll agree that is quite a list! While not everything will jump out at you as a must have I’m fairly sure most of it will and your guests will definitely be chomping at the bit to get their hands around them!

If you have any other Christmas BBQ Recipes you think we should add then get a hold of us in the comments below.

Not sure if you’re current BBQ is up to scratch? Take a look at our vast range of built in, freestanding and kettle barbeques. Still not sure? Talk to one of our Gas Works BBQ Experts to help find what will work better for you.

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