Apple-sage glazed grilled whole turkey with grilled apples

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time300 mins
  • Serves20
  • DifficultyMedium
1 tbsp canola oil, plus more for brushing on the turkey
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1 serrano chilli, coarsely chopped
750ml apple cider vinegar
300g caster sugar
2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped, plus 2 peeled, cored, and sliced into 1cm thick slices
15g chopped fresh sage leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 whole (4.5kg) turkey
1) Preheat the griddle to medium-high. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on the grates of the griddle or on a burner. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 mins. Add the serrano chilli and cook for 1 min. Add the vinegar and sugar and cook until the sugar has melted. Stir in the chopped apples and cook until the apples are soft and the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 mins. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

2) Place the apple mixture in a food processor and add the sage. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool to room temperature.

3) Have a large drip pan filled with a little water positioned under where the turkey will be placed on the griddle. Brush the entire turkey with oil and season with salt and pepper.

4) Cook the turkey on all sides until golden brown. Reduce the heat of the griddle to medium to maintain a constant 78°C temperature of 176°C. Cook turkey until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 75°C to 80°C.

5) Begin brushing the entire turkey with the apple glaze during the last 15 mins of cooking. Remove from the griddle and brush with more of the glaze. Let rest for 15 mins before slicing.

6) Griddle the sliced apples for 2 to 3 mins on each side and serve with the turkey.

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