Search thousands of recipes reviewed by home cooks like you.

Garbage Can Turkey

Garbage Can Turkey

  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    2 h
  • Ready In

    2 h 30 m
GLORIA2003

GLORIA2003

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.

Save to Recipe Box

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings

Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 12 servings

Adjust

Nutrition

Amount per serving ({{servings}} total)

  • 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

Directions

  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.
Rate recipe

Your rating

{{ratingWords}}
Cancel
Submit

Reviews

CHARLES WRIGHT JR.
186

CHARLES WRIGHT JR.

12/17/2005

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# of k9ingsford chaircoal & leave it for 2 hrs. without opening the can.

gmcbiker
170

gmcbiker

11/16/2007

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 burn the inside off first! Just don't inhale the fumes! We would hate to have someone in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day!

UTM
165

UTM

5/16/2005

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. Foil around base of stake is in case bird gets so done it slides down stake. Place garbage can over turkey mounted on stake with legs down. Light 10 - 12#'s charcoal till turning white. Shoval about 3 briquette's wide around bottom of can with a shoval full on top. Let cook for 1 1/2 hours without removing can. Turkey will be done. No charcoal inside of can. If you wish set a can or 2 of beer inside can with turkey for additional moisture. I found it does't make a difference. Size of turkey is also irrelevant. I've done these in freezing temperatures outside and have always had great results. Bird size doesn't matter. Watch out for the dogs once the stake is in the ground.

Similar recipes