Turkey Cooking Tips
Check out our tips on achieving a perfectly cooked turkey on the BBQ.
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The cooking style to use for turkey and other large cuts of meat is Indirect.
One of the most common questions we get at this time of year is “How many Heat Beads® BBQ Briquette do I need in my kettle (Weber™) BBQ?” We recommend half a 4kg bag to cook a turkey. The baskets in your Weber™ should be nearly full.
To ensure a moist, tender turkey, cover the breast with foil one hour into the cooking process.
Ensure all poultry is fully cooked before eating, to be safe use a meat thermometer. Poultry is fully cooked when internal temperature is 76-77ºC (170ºF), add an extra 20 minutes of cooking time per 10°C that the bird is off the desired temperature.
You may need to add an extra 20-30 minutes cooking time if your bird has stuffing and remember to stand the bird for 10 minutes before carving.
To help you cook the perfect turkey, check out the step-by-step video (above right).
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My food didn’t cook in the suggested cooking time. What happened?
There are a number of factors that could be causing this problem.
How long will Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes stay hot?
In a covered kettle under normal cooking conditions, usable cooking heat (greater than 150 degrees °C) is available for more than four hours.