Grill-Roasted Turkey

Yield: 

18 to 20 servings (with plenty left over for turkey sandwich

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Did it on a gas grill with

Did it on a gas grill with dampened Hickory wood chips wrapped in foil (w/fork holes in the foil & placed near the burner). Worked great but use more chips than you'd guess.. 3 hours is a long time & you want nice smoke up to the end for max flavor!

We've done this on a strictly

We've done this on a strictly charcoal grill (with hickory chips included). Nice smokey flavor! Twenty pound turkey generally takes 3 to 4 hours.

How big a grill, and how much

How big a grill, and how much charcoal to cook for 3-4 hours without opening the grill?

I have been doing this for

I have been doing this for years, and I don't think that you can put enough charcoal (I use hickory also) in to keep the heat up for 3-4hours without it being too hot at the onset. However, I have a grill that has a door beneath the meat rack that I can open and add charcoal and wood without reducing the temperature too much. Remember the instructions that say not to open the grill assumed that you were using a gas grill which can continue to heat for a very long time without refueling. By contrast the charcoal grill has the disadvantage that you have to tend the fire; however, your efforts will be rewarded with a flavor that is impossible to get from a gas grill.