This blog post is about an easy turkey recipe using minimal ingredients.
It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving. To be honest, turkey has never been my favorite. Give me all the starchy side dishes! The issue with turkey is that most of them come out dry and flavorless. So I was thrilled to find a recipe that is easy to follow, uses minimal ingredients, required little attention during cooking, AND tasted delicious and juicy!
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Easy Turkey Recipe
I found the original recipe from Traeger. After cooking our first turkey using this recipe, we made a few adjustments to make it just right for us.
We’ve had our Traeger for over a year now and it has been one of our favorite household additions. This grill is used multiple times a week and is fool proof with the easy to use app for cooking times and temperature management.
This easy turkey recipe with minimal ingredients will take about 15 to 20 minutes of prep time and 4 to 6 hours of cooking time.
Make sure to have a full hopper of pellets and backup pellets if you are using the Traeger. If using a different grill, check that you have plenty of propane etc.
10-14 pound whole turkey
½ pound of grass fed butter (softened)
6 cloves of garlic minced
8 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon of cracked pepper
½ tablespoon of kosher salt
- Preheat the grill to 300 degrees for at least 15 minutes with the lid closed
- In a bowl with the softened butter, mix in the garlic, herbs, and seasoning
- Prep the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the butter-herb mixture in
- Fill the turkey pocket with as much butter mixture as possible
- Rub kosher salt all over the turkey (about ½ tablespoon)
- Use the remaining butter mixture and coat the turkey
- Make sure to use a tray to place the turkey in. This is critical for a juicy turkey.
- You can now stuff the turkey with traditional stuffing if you like
- Place the turkey in the prepped grill for 4 hours
- Check the internal temperature, the desired temperature is 175°F in the thigh next to the bone, and 160°F in the breast.
- Turkey will continue to cook once taken off the grill to reach a final temperature of 165°F in the breast.
- Let the turkey rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy with Gratitude
Cooking for me has always been very relaxing and in recent years a form of self expression and love. There’s something so wonderful about sharing a meal that I made with those I love. Sitting down to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
My hope is that no matter what you do this Thanksgiving, whether you enjoy this easy turkey recipe or instant noodles, you take the time to savor each bite.
Nourish your soul as much as you nourish your body.
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