Brazilian-Style Turkey with Ham

Grilled is a different and fun way to prepare whole turkey. This main dish has been served for special occasions, "Christmas in July" and weddings.


12 servings + leftovers


1 whole turkey (12 pounds)
4 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 cup olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
2 pounds smoked ham, thinly sliced


Remove giblets from turkey and discard. Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey. Place in a roasting pan. Combine the salt, pepper and garlic; rub over turkey.

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, tomatoes, peppers and parsley. Pour over turkey and into cavity. Squeeze out as much air as possible from bag; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning several times.

Drain and discard marinade. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.

Place turkey over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°F (82°C), tenting turkey with foil after about 1 hour.

Let stand for 20 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, warm the ham. Layer turkey and ham slices on a serving platter.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Marinate Time: 12 hours
Grill Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stand Time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: unavailable

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