An aluminum foil reflector oven, coals and a tripod are all that are needed to cook a delicious, moist, Thanksgiving feast outdoors. (no dangerous oil flare-ups here!). Also, included here are instructions for tying a Barrel Knot to keep the turkey suspended off the ground.
This Instructable documents an outdoor cooking method used by our Boy Scout Troop at our annual Thanksgiving campout. This ingenious method of cooking a turkey with coals was taught to us by a venerable "Master" of Scoutmasters, Mr. Martin. I am publishing the technique on his behalf so that others may give it a twirl.
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Step 1: Build the Outdoor Theater (oven)
- 44"x18" Wire mesh
- (4) metal tent stakes
- 18" wide roll of Aluminum Foil
- (4) metal binder clips (office supplies)
- Metal tripod (the one shown is a camp cooking tripod that comes with a round metal grill that adjusts up and down. The grill and 3 side chains have been removed.
- 3 feet of Sisal rope (be sure to use natural fiber rope. Some plastic ropes may melt or not be safe to use with food.)
- (2) Plastic oven bags (these bags are designed for use in household ovens and will handle regular cooking temperatures)
and one more thing....I'm forgetting...uhmm...oh yes the star of the show!
- (1) Turkey (thawed)
Make the 4 Coal Towers ahead of time (they are reusable)
1. Cut a piece of wire mesh about 11" by 18" for the Coal Towers
2. Roll the mesh into a 3 1/2" diameter x 18" tall cylinder
3. Secure the seam on the cylinder by "sewing" it together with a length of thin gauge wire or by cutting a few of the squares along the edge of the mesh and fold them back on themselves "hooking" the other edge of the seam.