Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, opinions are all mine.
Canadians are crazy for BBQ season. And nothing says summer barbeque better than putting juicy, tasty turkey on the grill. Canadian turkey is a great fit for the protein in any grilling recipe, and provides new and exciting options for your tried and true family favourites.
There is a large variety of cuts to choose from. Turkey breast roast, turkey thigh roast, drumsticks, whole turkey or half a turkey – all of these cuts are perfect for low and slow cooking on the BBQ. These hearty cuts cook up into delicious dishes that can feed an entire crowd for a backyard party. And don’t forget to make extra for leftovers that you can use for lunches and snacks! Turkey makes a great staple to have on hand in the fridge or the freezer so you can whip up a delicious main course on the fly, or pull together an amazing summer salad. This makes it such an economical choice, perfect for planning and cooking on an everyday family budget.
There are plenty of cuts for quick cooking too. Turkey sausages, turkey breast steaks, drummettes and wings, thigh or breast kebobs and ground turkey – your local grocer or butcher carries a host of options for you to try. These cuts are best suited for grilling over medium to high heat and will usually cook up in a pretty quick time. Cooking a big batch of turkey on the barbeque gives you options to get creative with so many of your favourite summer dishes.
Here are some tips to help you get the most flavour out of your favourite turkey grilling recipes:
- Learn to use direct and indirect heat. Direct heat works best to sear turkey, develop savoury crusts on your cuts, create flavourful grill marks and cook smaller or thinner cuts of meat quickly. Indirect heat works for larger cuts of meat that need to cook low and slow, coaxing out flavours while keeping cuts moist and tender.
- Smoke and sizzle mean big flavor. Use the barbeque to brown your turkey and create caramelization that adds big, bold flavour and keeps your meat juicy and tender. Smoke adds that unique and special BBQ taste, allowing you to cut down on salt, sugar and fat.
- Preheat your grill to hot so that food will sear on contact and avoid sticking.
- Clean your grill thoroughly before you begin to barbecue to remove any pieces of old food and any burned bits that can make your food taste bitter.
- Use marinades to infuse flavours into cuts of turkey. Visit canadianturkey.ca for recipe inspiration for delicious results!
Canadian Turkey makes it simple to get grilling this summer with all the recipes and HOW TOs you need. Just visit www.canadianturkey.ca to download your Summer Grilling Guide!
This month for my Canadian Turkey partnership I am sharing this delicious recipe for Bacon Wrapped Medallions.
Don’t they look incredible? I know a lot of people don’t think of Turkey when they think of a BBQ but you are missing out! It’s delicious!
BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions w/Grilled Peach Salsa
Serves: 4-6 people
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
- 2 lbs Canadian turkey breast, boneless
- 4-6 slices of bacon
- 2 ½ tsp seasoning rub
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 large firm peach
- 1 red pepper
- ½ small red onion
- 4 leaves basil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the turkey breast into 2-inch steaks.
- Wrap each steak with one slice of bacon. Secure with a skewer through to both sides of the bacon wrapped steak.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine the spices to make the seasoning rub. Rub each steak generously on both sides.
- Grill steaks over low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes per side until meat is cooked through and registers 165°F (74°C) on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. (Heat setting and cook time will depend on the power of your BBQ.)
- While steaks are cooking, make the salsa. Cut the peach in half and remove the pit. Grill over high heat until the peach is slightly charred but still firm, 2-4 mins. Remove from heat and dice.
- Dice the red pepper and onion. Tear the basil into small pieces.
- Combine the peach, onion, red pepper and basil. Dress with olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve alongside the turkey steaks.
TIP: Use turkey bacon for a lighter, healthier version of this recipe.
Delicious and perfect for a BBQ, get together or even a pot luck! They’ll be a major hit with all. My kids now request BBQ almost daily, and of course, we usually oblige. These will make any little lick their plates!
It wouldn’t be a Canadian Turkey post without a fantastic giveaway!
This month win:
- $75 Amazon.ca e-gift card for one lucky reader that can be used to get grilling with Turkey this summer!
- This giveaway is open to Canada only.