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By Wendell Brown 

And for yet a different variant (we did it the weekend before Thanksgiving for our "Introduction to Outdoor Leader" course (I could probably post pictures, our DE took some).


bullet1 - 20 Gallon trash can (some people say not to use galvanized - but certainly try to avoid plastic) ;)
bullet1 - Dutch Oven
bullet1 - Turkey Stand (the kind you use in a fryer to get the turkey to "stand up" work well - I found mine at Bass Pro)
bullet30 Pounds of Charcoal
bullet1 - 15-20 pound Turkey
bullet1 - Roll of Aluminum foil
bullet1 - Pair of thermal gloves (like you use in a fire place)
bullet1 - Small ash shovel


bulletPrepare the turkey - clean and season
bulletLay aluminum foil down on the ground (I make mine about twice the size of the can). It works better if you have a layer of sand on the ground (under the aluminum foil) so the rim of the trash can can make an impression in the sand for a better seal.
bulletSet the dutch oven upside down on the aluminum foil (without a lid) - this is a spacer to keep the turkey away from the ground. You can also use 4 tent stakes and a round wire rack.
bulletSet the turkey stand on the dutch oven (or center of the wire rack).
bulletPlace the turkey on the stand.
bulletTurn the trash can upside down over the turkey (try to center the turkey inside the can).
bulletPut as much charcoal as you can on TOP of the trash can.
bulletPut the remainder of the 30 pounds around the trash can.
bulletLet cook for 1:15 - 1:30 (either work, I usually go for the extra 15 minutes)
bulletUse the ash shovel to remove the coals off the top of the can and push them back from the bottom of the can.
bulletUse the gloves to pick up the trash can.
bulletUse the trash can lid as the serving plate - simply push the turkey over on to it.

Your done!!!

Now, let me add that it works real well to also put a small aluminum foil boat between the dutch oven and the side of the trash can filled with a full bottle of Liquid Smoke - it increases the humidity in side the can and it adds smoked flavor to the turkey.

Another Note: We use 30 pounds of Match Light charcoal - we put the unlit charcoal on the can and light it up (30 pounds of Match Light makes an impressive fire!). If you don't have a good seal on the can this can let a little of the starter fumes inside the can. I couldn't smell or taste it, but one of the guys said that he could smell it.

 As Joel  Korczynski states.... "I can't take credit for it". ;) I pulled a rough outline of these instructions off of Scouts-L about 5-6 years ago and have just been modifying and playing with it each time I try it.
--Wendell Brown






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