Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labour Day BBQ Turkey...and Corn and Sweet Potato

We had a fabulous Labour Day weekend in Wasaga Beach! Sunny skies, warm daytime temperature with no humidity. Cool overnight. We had to celebrate our good fortune. So we decided to BBQ. Ended up preparing our entire meal on the BBQ: turkey, corn-on-the cob and sweet potato. Here goes with the recipes: (Note the generous use of olive oil and spices)

  • We started with a 5 kg bird.
  • Thoroughly seasoned it with a little olive oil, paprika, basil, oregano and paprika.
  • Covered it tightly with cling wrap and left it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • To cook, I placed a shallow pan filled with water under the grill and brought the temperature in the BBQ up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit before putting the turkey directly on the grill. Kept it at 400 F for the first 45 minutes, then turned it down to 350 F for the next 60 minutes.
  • Checked the internal temperature at this time and it was done! Took it off the grill and covered it with aluminum foil to rest for about 25 minutes.
Sweet Potato
  • Took 5 medium-sized sweet potatoes and removed the skin.
  • Chopped into approx 3 inch sections then sliced length-wise to make wedges.
  • Seasoned with some olive oil, paprika, garlic salt, oregano and basil.
  • Placed in microwave for approximately 13 minutes to soften them.
  • Arranged wedges on a shallow, flat metal pan directly on the BBQ grill.
  • Covered and left for approximately 20 minutes till slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
Corn-on-the Cob
  • Removed the husk.
  • Drizzled Olive oil on all the cobs.
  • Dusted lightly with paprika, garlic salt, oregano and basil.
  • Placed directly on the BBQ grill for about 20 minutes. Rotated to get slightly brown all over.
Dinner was fantastic! We have left-overs. Won't last long today. :)

Until next time...


  1. I need my head examined...I forgot the Cornbread! Gluten-free cornbread made with loving care by Sally in her new Kitchen Aid mixer. It was delicious!!! Thanks Sally :)

  2. Chris, it all sounds so good! We have been cooking turkey on the bbq for a few years now. It does a great job and frees up the oven for other stuff, if needed. Cornbread or Kitchen aid mixer, I'm not sure which I'm salivating over more :)!

  3. Chis and I just got back from Jamaica and I have fallen in love with Brown Stew. Can anyone share a recipe with me, please.


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