Learn how to grill a turkey on a charcoal grill even if you have a big turkey! The smokey flavor is fantastic for your holiday dinner & amazing in leftovers.
First thing's first: No lighter fluid. Get a chimney starter. The flavor is so much better.
Place an aluminum pan in the center of the grill to catch fat drippings. This helps to prevent flare-ups and also makes clean up a little bit easier.
Put the drip pan in the center of the grill, directly on top of the coals.
Put the turkey in the center of the grill, above the drip pan and insert the remote thermometer probe into the turkey breast.
Replace the coals about once an hour, or as needed, aiming to keep the grill below 300 F. Always wear protective gloves to remove the flashing during this process.
When the remote thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the turkey is ready to remove from the grill. Grilling times will depend on the size of your turkey and the heat from your grill. (Our 18-pound turkey cooked in about 3.5 hours)
Let the turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.