We've been cooking turkeys this way for years and I figured everyone needs to try it at some point. We always make it a big event and this goes wayyyyy beyond a backyard cookout. That being said, it's easy to pull off and it's not that expensive if a few people chip in to make it work. The cooking will take more than an hour so make sure to have some form of entertainment for the guests. We love our new game of Kubb ( http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Kubb-Set/ ).
Have fun and be safe! Now on to the cooking...
You will need:
- A Turkey (Thawed Out)
- One NEW Metal Trashcan that has been washed out with dishsoap
- Two Med Size Bags of Charcoal (The kind that does not need lighter fluid)
- A Metal Rod or Pipe with a "T" on Top
- Tin Foil
-Bricks or Rocks
-Pan for Drippings (and catching falling birds)
- Wood Chips
- Beer and/or Cocktails
Step 1: The Base
For this you will need the tinfoil, the bricks, the metal rod/pole, the drip pan, and a hammer.
First, find a spot of grass that you don't mind killing. Please note that the grass will NOT SURVIVE the process so don't do this in the middle of the front yard. (I warned you).
Second, lay out a square of tine foil larger than the diameter of the trashcan top. Use the bricks/rocks to hold down the edges to keep the wind from blowing the foil up. I have found that if you fold the edges of the foil together as you place them down it helps.
Third, in the center of the foil square place the pan in the center and run the pipe/tube through it and hammer it into the ground. This is what you will place you turkey on for the cooking. Make sure you put the pan there because your turkey will literally fall apart during cooking and this pan will catch it. You want the top of the rod to be about 10" from the top of the pan so your bird can "stand up."