Barbecue Turkey – North Carolina Style

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Lunch, Main Course, Entrée
3 HR
Cooking Style
Whole Turkey
Dish Type
Whole Bird


1 10-12 lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or thawed

As needed cooking oil

1-1/2 lbs TURKEY BACON

To taste salt and pepper

1 tbsp red pepper flakes, crushed

1 Pint apple cider vinegar

1/2 Pint cold water


Cut turkey in half.

Rub with oil.

Wrap with bacon (If turkey is more than 12 pounds, use bacon substitute, as real bacon will burn).

Prepare grill for medium indirect heat cooking. For gas grills, place a drip pan under one half of the rack then spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray, turn on the heat on the other half of the grill. For charcoal grills, place the coals around the outside edges of the grill, place a drip pan in the center, spray the rack and light the charcoal.

Place turkey, breast side up, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill turkey 2½-3 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into deepest portion of thigh reaches 165 degrees F and leg bone will turn and separate from meat. Turkey should be golden brown.

Allow turkey to cool. Remove turkey from bones and chop.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and mix well.

Mix vinegar and water and sprinkle over meat. Stir gently into chopped turkey. Add water if vinegar mixture is too strong.

Serve 1/3 pound turkey barbecue with a vinegar-based coleslaw.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 240

Calories from Fat 40

Total Fat 4 g

% Daily Total Fat 6

Saturated Fat 1 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 8

Cholesterol 155 g

% Daily Cholesterol 52

Sodium 550 mg

% Daily Sodium 23

Total Carbohydrates 1 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 0

Dietary Fiber 0 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 0

Sugars 0 g

Protein 46 g

% Daily Protein 2

% Daily Vitamin C 2

% Daily Calcium 4

% Daily Iron 20