Somehow I managed to convince my entire family to come camping with me on Thanksgiving. It was such a good time - and a bit less stressful than the traditional dinners that we have. Of course, if everyone would have just realized that it is difficult to still prepare and serve the same amount of food, the better it would have been ....
Anyway, I made my first Turkey-in-a-Bucket. They said it wouldn't work. There were those who thought that the steel drum would put out toxic fumes, those that thought it would be undercooked, and others who thought it would be a total PITA. Haha - it was GREAT! I got a 20 gal steel drum from an olde-tyme hardware store (they removed the lid) and, because it was painted, we *seasoned* it on the campfire for hours the night before. No one got sick or noticed any fumes
I brined a 12lb bird overnight, stuck him on a stainless rod (contributed by my dad), filled the cavity with apples and some spices and of course, included a beer can filled with Amberbock (not Miller Chill), put the drum on top with 20 lbs ashed charcoal. One hour, twenty minutes later, a beautiful and moist bird!!! I'm gonna do this every year.
Now I need to find a way to keep the steel drum from rusting --- any ideas?
Set up --- before arrival of the masses
charcoal removed from top and from around base
here she is - like?