How to Cook a Turkey Over a Fire

To us, it seems like the time around Thanksgiving is the perfect time for camping! Why not pack up your Little Guy this year and have a fire-roasted turkey for Thanksgiving? Here, we show you how!

You Will Need…

  • One spade

  • Whole turkey

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Rosemary

  • Parsley

  • Thyme

  • Aluminum foil

  • Cheesecloth

  • Rake (optional)

Start the Fire

When you start your campfire, make sure you use enough fuel to have lots of hot coals! Next, take your camp spade to dig a hole next to the fire. You’ll want the hole to be at least 2 feet deep to accommodate your turkey.

Prepare the Rub

Once the turkey is properly cleaned, gather your olive oil, salt and mixture of rosemary, thyme and parsley for a delicious rub. Next, you can choose whether or not to stuff your turkey with your favorite recipe.

Wrap it Up

Once you have given your turkey a nice rubdown and/or stuffed your turkey, you’ll now begin to wrap your turkey in cheesecloth. Wrap the turkey entirely in the cheesecloth, and then wrap the turkey in three to four layers of aluminum foil.

Turkey Transfer

Once you see that the coals are nice and hot, take your rake to remove half of the coals from the fire. Place them at the bottom of the pit you dug out earlier. Make sure that the bottom of the pit is completely covered with the coals; this should be about one to two inches of coals. If you have decided to not bring a rake along, you can also use your spade from earlier. Place the turkey carefully on top of the coals. Now, move the rest of the coals from the fire on top of the turkey, and cover the generously in dirt.

Just Walk Away

Once your turkey has been covered, now would be the perfect time for a nice cold one. Your turkey will need about three hours to properly roast. Keep in mind that an average-sized turkey will usually weigh about 8 to 12 pounds. For every 4 pounds above that, add an extra half-hour.

Use caution when removing your turkey, and make sure to gobble it up!


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