Grilled Holiday Turkey with Apple Ale Reduction

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Oct. 18, 2013

If you are planning up your holiday menu then here is a perfect dish for you!


Whole turkey 13 Pound , brined (fresh)
Unsalted butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (as needed)
Diced pancetta 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (as needed)
Fresh rosemary sprig 2
Fresh sage leaves 2
Fresh thyme sprig 1
Chopped mixed vegetables 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (celery, carrot, green onion and garlic)
Granny smith apple 1 , coarsely chopped
Seasoning To Taste (Gourmet Seasoning)
For apple ale reduction
Ale 1 Bottle (1 l) (Redds Apple Ale)
Apple juice 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Brown sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Apple vinegar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon
Kosher salt 1 Pinch



1. Cut the turkey in half as shown in the video.


2. On a large piece of foil place the turkey and spread butter on the skin. Place some pancetta on the outer side and flip.

3. Spread some butter in the cavity and fill it with herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme), followed by mixed vegetables and apple. Wrap the turkey tight with foil. Repeat the step for the other half.

4. Place the wrapped meat on Weber, skin side down over indirect heat. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, flip and cook for another 30 minutes at 350-375 degree F.

For Apple Ale Reduction:

5. In a saucepan, mix ale, apple juice, brown sugar, apple vinegar, cinnamon, and salt. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer until nice and thick (glaze consistency)


6. Remove the turkey from heat, open the foil, drain the liquid, spread some butter, sprinkle seasoning and place it back on grill (uncovered). Cover the Weber with lid and cook for 30-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175. Glaze meat with the reduction once it reaches an internal temperature of 150 degree.

7. Remove turkey from heat and let rest before carving.


8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 130 Minutes
Ready In: 130 Minutes
Servings: 25

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 448Calories from Fat 204

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.4%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 277 mg11.54%

Total Carbohydrates 9 g3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 8 g

Protein 49 g98%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet