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Turkey in a Trash Can!

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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)

Optional:
- Wood Chips
- Beer and/or Cocktails
- Friends

Step 1: The Base

Picture of 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."
 
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nerd17012 years ago
i make these turkeys with the boy scouts all the time. the come out perfectly juicy and tender every time. if you guys have the space to try it i highly recommend it. BTW great instructable!
Awesome! I hope to try this when I have my very own yard I can destroy, or find someone else who's yard I can destroy.
DrJase2 years ago
That is an incredible way to cook - And I guess everyone could sit around to keep warm while the bird cooks.....
Can you reuse the can once you've washed it, or does it get destroyed?

Yep, slightly mad, but incredible!
paganwonder2 years ago
Reminds me of 'Hay bail' chicken (chicken under metal pail, cover with bail of hay, burn and eat). Does the smoke from the wood chips do a lot for the bird? Step 3 is a little unclear to me but the picture seems to explain it- unless the picture leaves something out? Any concerns about heating the galvanized can?
CrawJac (author)  paganwonder2 years ago
The wood chips did seem to add another layer of slight flavor, but they say if you cook on top of different types of grass/ground it can differ too.

If you are worried about the cans you can burn a smaller fire on/in the can before cooking to remove any coatings/chemicals before cooking. Just make sure you wash it VERY well because some are shipped with a thin oil coating.
Thanks. Nice 'ible BTW!
jlloyd42 years ago
Thanks for posting this! This is how my family cooked the turkey every year before we moved north. Makes the best turkey. It always came out perfect and moist.
spatel342 years ago
burning the galvanized trash can will infuse the turkey with heavy metals, the galvanization must be fully burned off with a long hot fire before it would be safe to consider using
jmummert2 years ago
Just checking for safety- are those stainless steel cans? Burning galvanized steel produces toxic fumes.
Awesome!
Very nice I will be trying this very soon.
CrawJac (author)  edwardlarson2 years ago
If you do try to post some pictures!
k-twizel2 years ago
How long does this take to cook?
CrawJac (author)  k-twizel2 years ago
It takes about 1.5-2 hours, once the coals are cool you're okay. With both of our birds we left the "cooking" sensers in them and they were both confirmed done when we lifed the cans.
peeps13132 years ago
If you keep cooking like that...the girls will be following around.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
I like this!
I have never seen a turkey cooked this way - seems just crazy enough to work! :D