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  • Published on Oct 25, 2013

    Thanksgiving RV Recipe Idea

    Camping Recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey

    What is there not to love about Thanksgiving?

    The smell of freshly baked dinner rolls, the sweetness of cranberry sauce, the creaminess of warm cheesy potato casserole and you can't forget the juicy oven roasted turkey.  

    Having a big Thanksgiving meal like this can get tricky while camping in an RV.  

    Here's a recipe for cooking turkey at a campsite that will free up your oven to make all the other delicious side dishes to complete your Thanksgiving dinner.

    Preparation: First, check with the campsite manager to make sure they are okay with you digging a hole in the ground for cooking.  From here you will want to prepare enough hot coals in your campfire pit to last throughout the duration of cooking, depending upon the size of your turkey.  While the coals are heating, dig a 2 foot deep hole in the ground next to your campfire pit.

    Turkey Preparation: Make sure to clean your turkey and pat dry before adding any seasonings. Rub the outside of your turkey with olive oil, salt, and any other desired seasonings.  Once the outside is ready, remove all the inner parts of the turkey you do not want and stuff with your favorite stuffing recipe.  Once ready, wrap the turkey in cheese cloth to keep it moist, and wrap with about 3 to 4 layers of aluminum foil.

    Cook time: Once your coals are ready, rake them into your 2 foot hole about 3 inches high. Place your prepared turkey on top of the coals and rake in the rest of the coals from your campfire pit. Cover with the dirt you dug out of the hole.  The cook time will depend on the size of your turkey. An 8 to 12 pound turkey should cook for at least 3 hours. Add a half hour for every additional 4 pounds of bird. When time is up, dig out your turkey, carve and serve for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!  

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