Turkey outdoors!

First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899.

As untraditional as it may sound, grilling your turkey on the patio may be a closer harkening back to our founding families’ festivities than you would first imagine. Historians tell us that Thanksgiving consisted of a variety of wild game, corn and venison, wilder but somewhat similar to the turkey and dressing dinner we enjoy today. Roasting it with outdoor flames could not be more in keeping with the original event.

Whether for tradition or just pure enjoyment, patios expand the floor plan of your home and Thanksgiving is a great time to make use of this extra space to take the fun outside. Space can be at a premium in the oven and the kitchen. Grilling outdoors is a great way to free up much needed space for other dishes.

For expert grill chefs it’s a chance to try a gourmet treat outside the standard repertoire. In the south and southwest, people who have been put off by the heat and or humidity of summer may especially enjoy being outdoors more in the fall.

If you want to be especially artful, take a look at the recent trend of “butterfly” preparation or “spatchcocking,” a grilling technique that saves hours in the

The average roasting time for a turkey is about 4.3 hours. Butterflying can save as much as three hours cooking time. The technique involves roasting, grilling or smoking the turkey as it is laid flat. In this way it cooks more evenly, with a 13-pound bird ready for the table in as little as 75 minutes.

Check out Russ Faulk’s excellent video, from Kalamazoo Grills, showing just how to do this:

Even Martha Stewart has advised us to “Play with Fire” on Thanksgiving by cooking on the grill. Here’s her article for even more ways to grill your turkey for Thanksgiving Day.

Fortunately, Pine Hall Brick customers know that the safest way to do this is on a patio made with genuine clay pavers.

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