It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving 2021 is almost here! As in years past, we are thankful for some of the same things. This year, we are especially thankful for a healthy year and for our loyal clients. What about you? What are you thankful for?
As we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, we thought we’d share a few ideas for how to switch it up this year and try some new things with your holiday meal.
How to Grill a Turkey
Let’s start with how to grill a turkey. The first step of course is to thaw the turkey if you bought a frozen turkey. We recommend placing your bird in the refrigerator to thaw the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
How to grill a whole turkey depends on what sort of grill you plan to use: charcoal, gas, or smoker. We turn to the good folks at Butterball for step-by-step directions.
Grilled Whole Turkey Recipes
Which recipe you choose depends on the flavor combinations you like. It’s also okay to place onions and citrus inside the turkey cavity while grilling. We recommend cooking your stuffing/dressing in the oven rather than in the bird on the grill.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Grilled Whole Turkey from How Sweet Eats
- Grilled Whole Turkey from Epicurious
- Greatest Grilled Turkey from All Recipes
As always, before trying any new recipe, look through the comments section. People who have made a recipe before usually have some great tips and recommendations!
You can also “butterfly” your turkey. Watch the video to learn how.
Grilled Thanksgiving Dessert
You can still do the traditional pumpkin pie in the oven, but consider family and guests who like apple pie, but could do without the crust. Here comes another great grilling recipe courtesy of A Couple Cooks!
Grilled Apples a La Mode
They mention this as a summer grill recipe, but we all know fall is the best time for apple recipes! You can substitute the ice cream with whipped cream if you want.
- Firm tart-sweet apples like Granny Smith, Fuji, Honey Crisp
- Brown sugar and white sugar
- Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
- Core and slice apples ¼ thick. You can leave the peel on, but peeling the apples first is fine too.
- Place apple slices on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and spice to your liking.
- Add another sheet of aluminum foil on top, and fold and seal sides up to the top so no juices leak out. Poke a few air holes on top for steam to escape.
- Grill over indirect heat for 20-25 minutes.
- Transfer to serving dishes and top with ice cream or whipped cream.
Here’s an interesting take on grilled apples a la mode — just add bacon!
Save Yourself the Baking and Order a PieCaken
Sometimes all the baking that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday can be a bit overwhelming. That’s especially true if you’re dealing with health issues or limited time. We’ve discovered an amazing option!
Modeled after the legendary Turducken, PieCaken takes the same approach, only with Thanksgiving dessert. It’s a glorious layered concoction with pecan pie on the bottom, pumpkin pie in the middle, and spice cake on top.
As if that weren’t enough, the layers are covered with cinnamon buttercream and the whole thing is topped with apple pie filling.
Do you know what “Piecaken” is?
Happy Thanksgiving from LiveWell Outdoors
No matter how you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, we hope you enjoy spending time with friends and family. From everyone here at LiveWell, Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃