Spit-Roasted Turkey

Spit-Roasted Turkey

This is a basic recipe for a spit-roasted turkey. Remember that you have to have a rotisserie kit that is strong enough for the weight of the bird.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Check to make sure that the turkey will fit the grill with 1 inch of clearance on all sides.
  3. Step 3

    Combine the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Step 4

    Slather the inside and outside of turkey with the mixture, making sure to get seasonings under the skin. If this proves to be difficult, melt the mixture and use a marinade injector to deposit seasonings into the bird.
  5. Step 5

    Thread the turkey onto the spit through the neck skin and out just below the tail.
  6. Step 6

    Thread onion onto the spit so that it rests inside the turkey. Fasten tightly with spit forks.
  7. Step 7

    Tie wings and legs with string tightly to the body of the turkey. Hold spit on each side of the turkey and roll it in your hands to check the balance. Readjust, if necessary, so that it will turn evenly.
  8. Step 8

    Remove cooking racks from grill and preheat. Place drip pan under where the turkey will turn. If using charcoal, place hot coals around the edge with few coals directly under the turkey.
  9. Step 9

    Grill over a medium heat until the skin starts to blister and brown. Reduce heat and continue grilling until the turkey reaches an internal temperature (measure in the center of the breast) of 185 F. Plan on a cooking time of about 3 to 3 1/2 hours for a 12-pound turkey.
  10. Step 10

    Carve and enjoy.