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I love this time of the year. The temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the long, glorious days of summer will soon “officially” arrive.
Some of my favourite things about late spring and summer are the laid-back vibe, daylight lasting until almost 10 PM and barbecuing!
On busy days, your BBQ can be your best friend! Cooking on the grill allows you to prepare multiple ingredients all at the same time. Different heat zones mean you can use all the areas of the grill so you can cook your main dish, side dishes and even desserts side by side. Planning to cook your meals on the grill this way can be a real time-saver and let you prepare a meal with minimal mess and clean up – a big bonus for any mom!
Turkey is a nutritious option that’s easy to prepare on the grill. Both white and dark meat is lean, so you can provide your family with different choices that suit their taste without compromising on health or nutrition. The lean fat content of turkey also reduces flare-ups on the grill, so you’ll feel good knowing you are preparing a healthy BBQ meal.
Other benefits of grilling with turkey? Grilling enhances the flavour of meat and vegetables, which means using less butter, oil and processed sauces in your recipes. Turkey is a versatile protein that complements any flavour profile, so you can easily prepare it with all of your favourite rubs and marinades. Both white and dark meat are packed with flavour, making them an easy swap for any of your regular grilling recipes. Look for ground turkey, turkey breast, turkey rolls and roasts, turkey thighs and drumsticks, turkey steaks, turkey burgers and turkey sausages at your local supermarket or butcher. With so many cuts to choose from, there is a multitude of ways that turkey will add sizzle to your table this summer! Just ask your grocer or butcher for 100% Canadian raised whole turkey and turkey cuts, in store, all year-long.
8 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill:
If you are looking for some BBQ inspiration, you are going to love this recipe for BBQ Turkey Mixed Grill! It is easy to make and delicious, plus you will probably have lots of leftovers for lunches or tomorrow’s dinner!
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- For turkey:
- 4 turkey wings and drummettes
- 2 turkey drumsticks
- 2 turkey thighs
- 2 bone-in turkey breasts
- 4 turkey sausages
- For rub:
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground poultry seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For sauce:
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine spices to make a rub.
- Season all the turkey cuts except for sausage with the rub.
- BBQ over medium heat until cooked through, no longer pink, and the meat registers 165°F (74°C) on a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat. (Heat setting and cook time will depend on the power of your BBQ and the size of each cut.)
- While cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a hand blender or mini chopper and blend to combine.
- Baste all turkey cuts generously in the last 10 - 15 minutes (depending on cut) of cooking time.
- Approximate cooking times:
- - wings and drummettes: 8 - 10 mins per side
- - sausages: 8 - 10 mins per side
- - drumsticks and thighs: 12 - 18 mins per side
- - bone-in breast: 20 - 30 mins per side
- Set aside to rest, 15 mins.
- Baste again with sauce before serving.
TIP: For best results when cooking your turkey breast and to avoid drying out, cook your bone-in breast off heat. To do this, place the breast over a burner that is off while surrounding burners are on.
PIN IT – BBQ Turkey Mixed Grill Dinner
Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs? Visit canadianturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with amazing recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and family favourites. There are WHOLE TURKEY HOW TOs that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. You can also find a gold mine of ideas in the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftovers. There’s nothing better than making some delectable dishes for the rest of the week or stashing some pre-made meals in the freezer for your next busy weeknight.
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