The sun is shining, the pool is filled and the grill is hot. Summer is grilling season – so it’s time to dig out your apron and sharpen your skills to become a true turkey grill master.
This season, expand your horizons and get turkey and all of its varieties seasoned and expertly grilled. We’re not stopping at turkey burgers – turkey wings, kabobs, cutlets and tenderloins are all options that are worthy of a place on your grill. Turkey is the perfect protein alternative for grilling because of its health benefits, ease of preparation and countless flavor opportunities.
People often stay away from turkey on the grill because they’re afraid of overcooking it and they don’t know the best ways to flavor it. Ironically, turkey is the ultimate grilling canvas. As a protein that works well with a variety of different flavors, rubs, spices and marinades, it’s great go-to meat for your backyard BBQ.
The Right Marinade is Your Paintbrush
If your turkey tenderloin is the canvas, then your marinade is the paintbrush. The right marinade can mean the difference between “that was a good meal” to “how come you didn’t make enough for fourths?” To keep your turkey juicy and full of flavor on the grill, try this turkey kabob marinade recipe that is sure to get rave reviews.
The Dry Rub that will Keep Your Turkey Anything But Dry
The common perception about dry rubs is that they do not keep your meat as flavorful as marinades. Not true! The best way to apply a rub is to massage it into the meat under the skin. This will allow the seasonings to break through the surface providing a full-bodied flavor. Try this great Mediterranean dry rub recipe from Realsimple.com to spice up your turkey cutlets.
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Coat the poultry, meat, or seafood with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the rub, pressing gently to help it adhere to the food. Cook on a lightly oiled grill to the desired doneness.
Turkey Tips for Success
Here are some simple techniques that will keep your grilled turkey masterpieces juicy and packed with flavor:
- Don’t Play With Sharp Objects: When flipping or rotating turkey on the grill, stick with a spatula or tongs and avoid using utensils like sharp forks or knives that might pierce your poultry and let the delicious, natural juices escape.
- Cover Up: Regardless of whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, utilize the grill cover to your advantage. The cover reduces the amount of fuel needed to keep the heat and also prevents flare-ups that might over-cook or burn your turkey.
- Check Your Temperature: While cooking turkey on the grill browns the skin quickly, it may not be ready to eat. Use a food thermometer to ensure the turkey has reached a safe internal temperature of 165° F.