Garbage Can Turkey

Garbage Can Turkey

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"Not the conventional way of cooking a turkey, but the results are amazing and the bird tastes wonderful. Seasoning can be added, but is not necessary."


2 h 30 m servings 671 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 671 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 31.4 g
  • 48%
  • Carbs:
  • 0g
  • 0%
  • Protein:
  • 90.6 g
  • 181%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 264 mg
  • 88%
  • Sodium:
  • 219 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Lay about 3 long sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil out on the grass to make a square about 3x3 feet. Pound the wooden stake into the ground in the center of the aluminum foil.
  2. Fill the lid of the garbage can with a large pile of charcoal, and light. Place the whole turkey (thawed of course) onto the stake, legs down. Turn the garbage can upside down, and place over the turkey. Place piles of lighted coals on the top, and around the sides of the can.
  3. Cook for at least 1 1/2 hours, or keep going until coals go out. Do not lift can during cooking. Brush the charcoal off of the can, and lift off carefully as some heat may rush out when you lift the can. The internal temperature of the turkey should be at least 180 degrees F (83 degrees C) when taken in the thickest part of the thigh.
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  1. 28 Ratings


I have done this garbage can turkey for years.But I have went a little bit modern I now use a stainless steel stake and a stainless steel can. The turkey always comes out perfect. I also use 20#...

Please do not use a galvanized garbage can. The zinc fumes are toxic. It will also seep into the turkey and thus you can get poisoned eating it. If you are using a galvanized garbage can, please...

You don't need to go through that much work. Need the garbage can- no lid. Put stake 2" X 2" in ground 15" high. Place foil around steak and a piece over top if you don't want bird to touch wood...

This way to cook turkey is amazing! It's so moist and has a wonderful smokey flavor!! The important thing about the trash can is to burn off any galvinizing before the first time cooking w...

I've done this many times while camping through the summers. We have found that it doesn't seem to matter if it's hot out or cold and snowy. It always works out great. You should also try it ...

This is a great way to make turkey, it comes out moist and juicy. I used a beer keg with the bottom cut out and charcoal around the bottom and on top of the keg then added a thermometer on the ...

If you use a wood dowel 3/4" and put a bunt cake pan at the bottom, it can catch the juices and make an awesome turkey. Did it last year and was great.

I have been doing this for years. We camp and do it there most of the time. the night before we actually cook the turkey we have a huge camp fire and burn all the bad things off the can in the b...

I have made turkeys like this for years for our Boy Scout troop. It is easy, delicious, fun, great for camping, and always a hit!