I got my instructions from my sister who witnessed this and said the turkey was delicious. I took a frozen 14 pound turkey and seasoned it with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and butter and placed it on heavy duty aluminum foil, tucking about 15 cloves of garlic and some bay leaves in for good measure. Then you wrap it up with a couple thicknesses of the foil. I had a couple racks of beef ribs in the freezer and decided to throw them in for good measure. I seasoned them with rock salt, rosemary and some great Turkish spice blend I have from Penzey's that is excellent on roasted meats. I wrapped up the ribs in a couple thicknesses of foil and we headed out to the pit of coals. My youngest son and I made a sling out of chicken wire to make it easier to lift the meat out of the pit when it is done. We raked the coals to one side and lowered the chicken wire contraption with the foil bundles in it down onto the very hot rocks. Next step was to rake the coals all over and around the meat, getting them as close as possible. Then we placed a wet bath towel over the top and filled in the pit with the soil we had removed and tamped it down by walking on it.
Tomorrow we'll dig it up and see what we've got! What fun it was from the building of the fire to the preparations and now the anticipation. I'll let you know how it goes.
|Ava looks like she knows I'm cooking meat in this pit!|
|Bed of coals heating up the bed of rocks.|