Saturday, November 12, 2011

Trash Can Turkey for the RV Lifestyle

Mmmmm, we can taste it now, the Thanksgiving feast that’s right around the corner. We know many of our RV friends spend Thanksgiving at an RV park or camp ground and we keep hearing about this gourmet "trash can turkey". Though the name isn't all at once appealing, we hear the end result is fantastic! 

So, as we are fast approaching the season, we thought we’d hustle up and share the recipe with you. We also found a video courtesy of The RV Cooking Show that we are going to include. If you try out this tasty recipe be sure to let us know if you enjoyed it!

The first thing you will need is a 20 gallon galvenized steel trash can. You’ll want to treat the trash can with a water and white vinegar mixture to remove the metallic taste from the can. Add 1 gallon of white vinegar and fill the trash can up half way with water. Scrub the trash can and let it sit for about 6 hours - swishing the mixture onto the sides of the trash can every half an hour. Once this step is done, be sure to rinse the trash can really well.

While you are letting your trash can “season” you can prepare the cooking station. You’ll want to get a large piece of aluminum foil and place it on the ground. Be sure it is in a non-flammable area.  Then you will want to get a 12x12 piece of wood and cover it with aluminum foil and an 18” dowel, also covering it with aluminum. You’re going to mount the dowel into the 12x12 piece of wood for the turkey to sit on.

Now that your trash can is ready and your cooking station is ready...onto the bird!

You can cook up to a 13 pound bird this way. You can season it if you want, but if this is the first time you have tried a trash can turkey, we suggest trying it without seasoning this time. Be sure to clean your turkey and then place it legs down over the dowel. Next, place the trash can over the turkey. Pour a 10 pound bag of self lighting charcoal on the top of the trash can and at the bottom of the trash can. You DO NOT want to use any lighter fluid at all. Let the charcoal flame up and cook for 90 minutes. After 90 minutes rake the coals off the top and away from the bottom of the can and using gloves remove the can - caution - it will be very hot!

And there you have it... One beautifully browned, juicy bird! And like we promised, here is the video from The RV Cooking Show for a visual on the whole process! Don’t forget to share your photos and tell us all about your experience!

Happy turkey cooking!

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