How to Make Trash Can Turkey at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

Many among us may love to cook outdoors. Backyard cooking became a hit with the use of barbecues. American food culture is highly influenced by the barbecue cooking method. To come up with another idea they invented trash can turkey. Hearing of trash can turkey might give you a visual of the garbage can but also make you confused about the thing that how can a turkey recipe include the trash can.

To clear your doubt, Trash can turkey is a recipe in which turkey is cooked with the use of new trash can by covering the turkey with the can and the covering the can with the coals to cook the turkey with the heat of the coals. Coals give the turkey a charred flavour which turns out delicious.

It is an inexpensive method. All you need is a few more helping hand and you are good to go. Besides this, the list of ingredients that are required is given below, have a look.

Ingredients for Trash Can Turkey

Whole Turkey1 whole/ 12 pound neck and giblets removed
Aluminum Foil1 roll
Wooden Stake15 inch
New Metal garbage can with lid15 gallon can

To have a big event at home is a good idea now with this recipe. So call up your friends and grab the ingredients and you are ready to roll. Let’s see how much time it will take to prepare this recipe.

How Much Time Will It Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
30 Minutes2 hours2 hours 30 minutes

This recipe will take a bit longer to cook as there is no use of a stove or direct flame. I assure you it will be worth your wait. So let us not delay and follow the instructions and get going.

Trash Can Turkey Recipe

Trash Can Turkey recipe
  1. Take three long heavy-duty aluminium foil and lay them on the grass in a way that it make a 3×3 feet square. In the center of the foil, place the wooden stake.
  2. Fill a large pile of coals in the lid of the garbage can and light them up. Now, place the turkey on the stake with legs down. Place the garbage can upside down so that it covers the turkey. Cover the top of the can with light up coals and also cover the sides of the can with the lighted coals
  3. Cook for an hour or two until the coal cools down. The temperature of the turkey should be 180 degrees F (83 degrees C) from the part of the thigh. 
  4. Serve hot with some vegetable or a sauce.

Make sure you do not lift the can while the turkey is cooking. Another thing you need to keep in mind is to brush off the coal from the can and then lift the can. There may be heat inside the can, so do not do it haphazardly. Be careful and safe.

Nutritional Breakdown of Trash Can Turkey


How to Make Trash Can Turkey at Home | Video

If you prefer step-by-step instructions of Trash can turkey recipe then watch the video I have added to make it easier for use?

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Can’t wait to begin with the recipe? Try it and share your reviews in the comment section. Just in case you have any query related to the recipe, you can ask your questions in the comment section too. If you liked this recipe, do share with your family and friends. Bon Appetite!

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