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One of the nation’s most beloved activities is to travel the open road in a Cruise America rental RV. Another beloved tradition is to celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking and devouring an entire turkey, along with the other accoutrements. So, why not combine these two activities and hit the open road this November?

It’s one thing to prepare your turkey feast at home, but it’s a whole new experience to cook it in the great outdoors. There are so many ways to cook your bird, that you should start deciding now how you want to do it. Some like to roast it in the oven, some like to deep fry it in peanut oil, others prefer to smoke the bird in a smoker, yet others choose to prepare it on the barbeque grill.




If you happen to be traveling in one of our Cruise America rental RVs during Thanksgiving, you’re going to appreciate these grilling suggestions because while your Cruise America kitchen comes complete with a stovetop and a microwave, there is no oven in which to roast your bird.

Charcoal or gas grilling can provide you with amazing flavor when you use the correct technique, and there is nothing better than eating your smokey, juicy bird while frolicking in the great outdoors!

For those who have never cooked a turkey on the grill, Butterball has come up with this tasty recipe for the upcoming turkey feast:




OUTDOOR CHARCOAL GRILLING
Prepare charcoal-covered grill by removing cooking grate and opening all vents.
Position drip pan in center of charcoal grate and place 25 to 30 briquettes along each side (lengthwise) of drip pan. Burn briquettes until covered with gray ash, about 30 minutes. Place cooking grate in grill over coals.
Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Cover grill, leaving vents open.
Add 6 to 8 briquettes to each side every 45 to 60 minutes.
Using a meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast.
10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.




OUTDOOR GAS GRILLING
Prepare grill for indirect heat cooking according to owner’s guide. Preheat burners on high for 10 to 15 minutes with lid closed.
Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
Turn temperature down to approximately 350° F.
Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Close lid and cook with minimal peeking.
Depending on gas burner arrangement, it may be necessary to turn turkey over halfway through grilling to make sure that your bird cooks evenly.
Using meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast.
10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

One of the most beautiful aspects of celebrating Thanksgiving at the campsite is the memories that are created as a result. Family together time has never tasted so good, and will not soon be forgotten.

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