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Rotisserie Turkey

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Rotisserie Turkey
You need a good strong rotisserie to prepare this turkey. Check with your instruction manual or the manufacturer to make sure that your rotisserie set (especially the rotisserie motor) is rated for the weight of your turkey. For more information check out my article on Rotiserie cooking.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 12 to 14


  • 1 12 pound turkey
  • Seasoning:
  • 1/4 cup lemon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoons celery salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • Turkey Stuffing:
  • 1 medium onion cut into 8 equal parts
  • 1 carrot cut into thin disks
  • 1 apple cored and cut into 8 thick slices


Mix together seasonings and rub over the surface and inside of cleaned and dry turkey. This is best done the night before to let the seasoning permeate the meat. Stuff turkey and place securely on rotisserie skewer. Test it to make sure it's well balanced and tightly secured. Make sure that the wings and legs are firmly tied to the turkey and that the turkey is well balanced on the rotisserie skewer. Prepare grill by removing grate and placing a drip pan in the center. Pan should be big enough to hold the turkey itself.

Light grill and let it heat up. If using a charcoal grill make a medium fire around the drip pan. With gas turn the burners to medium. But generally follow the manufacturers instructions. Half fill the drip pan with water and place the turkey on rotisserie. The cooking times should be similar to that of a 350 degree F. oven so use the time chart on the turkey packaging as a guide. You will need to use a meat thermometer to be sure of doneness. Remove rotisserie turkey from grill when the internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F. The water in the drip pan is there to keep the drippings from evaporating away. If the pan goes dry add more water. I suggest hickory, oak or alder wood chips if you wish to add an extra smoky flavor.

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 5 out of 5
Best way to do turkey, Member johnniemo

I've done this recipe about 3 times now and we completely enjoy it. I find the turkey is too large to use the rear burner, so I use the bottom one. Add a pan to capture drippings and put in some apple juice or water. The gravy is spectacular. I've even used this recipe with chickens, although they aren't quite as amazing. Don't overcook as that is a fine way to wreck poultry. I may have to try adding some wood chips next time.

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