ROTISSERIE TURKEY WITH CITRUS AND ANISE
1x 15-25lbs Turkey
- 6 Tsp anise seed, toasted and finely ground
- ½ cup kosher salt
- 2 TBS Dark Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup orange zest
- 2 TBS fresh garlic, pressed
- 2 TBS fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tsp cracked pepper
- 1 orange, quartered
- 1 lemon, quarter
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 head of garlic, cut in half horizontally
- Handful fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano
Cook Time: Approximately 15 Minutes/lb to achieve 160 degrees internal temperature.
24 hours ahead
In a small mixing bowl, combine the finely ground toasted anise seed, kosher salt, dark brown sugar, orange zest, garlic, rosemary and cracked pepper.
To prepare the turkey, remove giblets and save if making gravy or stock. Under cold water, rinse the bird and pat dry with paper towels. Line a roasting pan with a rack and set the bird, breast side up on top. Generously rub the dry rub mixture over the exterior surface of the entire bird, carefully including all the nooks and crannies around the legs and wings.
Place the bird, uncovered, in the refrigerator overnight. This technique is great for flavor and texture with rich citrus and herb notes and crispy skin.
The next day, carefully pull turkey from fridge, drain juice in the bottom of the pan, and rinse off dry rub mixture under cold water. Pat the bird dry and place on a solid work surface. Generously stuff cavity at random with orange, lemon, onion, garlic and herbs.
Insert the turkey into the Firemagic Turkey Baskets, noting the side with two small circles to catch the drum sticks.
Place the counter balance on the rotisserie rod and drive the rod through the basket and bird, leaving about 8” on the top end that mounts into the motor. Tighten the basket bolts down firmly on the flat surface of the hexagonal rod to ensure a secure rotation.
To prepare for grilling, remove the back burner cover and cooking grids. Affix the rotisserie motor and plug in the unit. Mount the rotisserie rod into the motor. The turkey should be centered evenly in front of back burner. Place a drip pan onto of cooking grids directly beneath turkey. Test the alignment by turning on the motor using the switch and look for an even consistent rotation of the turkey. Adjust bolts and counter balance accordingly. With the motor turned on, fire up the back burner using the one touch ignition. Start with heat on medium and adjust based on performance and preference. Check every 30 minutes to baste and adjust temperature, if necessary.
Turkey takes about 15 minutes per pound to reach a desired 160* internal temperature.
When the turkey is fully cooked, turn off heat and rotisserie motor. Use oven mitts to remove rod from the grill and lay across clean work surface. Allow the meat to rest on a cutting board for 20 minutes before removing rotisserie, baskets and breaking down for serving.
In a small pan, keep herb infused butter warm and melted on the side of the cooking deck not in use for basting.
40 minutes before finished cook, swap out drip tray with tray loaded with lightly seasoned hearty root vegetables, potatoes or squash. Utilize the convection like air flow in the FireMagic to roast the sides and benefit from delicious drippings off the Turkey.