How to Grill a Perfect Turkey

Meat Master Bruce Aidells shows us his fool-proof technique for grilling a Thanksgiving turkey on a gas grill

How to Grill a Turkey
Illustrated by Monica Hellstrom

Step 5: Butter the bird

  • Spread about 2 tbsp. herb butter all over the inside of the main cavity. Then, starting at the breast end, loosen the skin as far as you can go, partway down the legs.
  • You have to get up close and personal with it ... This works better if you have small hands and short nails. Now spread the rest of the butter under the skin, all over the turkey.
  • Pat your turkey to even out the lumps of butter. Wrap the wing tips and drumstick ends with foil so they don't char.

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