How To Roast a Turkey At An Open Fire

| November 26, 2020

This is for your amusement, unless you have a knack for roasting a turkey on an open fire.

Right in keeping with the holiday, Mr. Townsend provides this video on 18th century cookery for a roast chicken and a roast turkey at or near an open fire.  It’s a good idea to know how to do these things, and the instructions on cookery for these things, from the 18th century, can be followed nicely.  The cookery books he mentions are available.

Note: there is also a video for bread stuffing and cranberry relish in the column of more videos.

Have a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving Day.

Category: Cooking, Turkey

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  1. Skippy says:

    Interesting stuff

  2. Now that’s talking turkey Ex. Am making another batch of your mac & Cheese and also have 2 packs of ground sausage in the reefer freezer along with the penny and diced tomato/ sauces in the cabinet.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    As a matter of fact, I DO have the knack of roasting a turkey over an open fire…and a piece of porked, beef, mutton, or other type of beast you can name…even the ones that swim.

    Not that you do it over a flame fire, naturally as many know. You use coals, the meat is AWAY from the flame, and use of the smoke to slow cook the meat infuses it with the flavors. We even demonstrated that to Mr. Andrew Zimmern on National TV for a Bizarre Foods Episode. Good times. Now if you want to get serious about BBQ, let’s talk a pig in a pit. Damn a turkey!

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Not too far from today’s Guest of Honor, who is currently ensconced on the back deck in a metal box filled with smoke at just the right temp.
    The rest of the feast is being attended to by MrsAW1 and the DIL and I’m wisely staying clear. I won’t even start the annual Cranberry Sauce Flame War.
    Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

  5. Fyrfighter says:

    Cool video Ex, thanks! The bird for the station today, Like Ed’s is on the smoker, and should be done in about 2 hours.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Also working today, splitting Thanksgiving dinner with the next station over (they have a bigger table). We cooked the bird, they’re almost done with the smoked ham.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Our county is back on lockdown (While the queen of Colorado continues to do as he pleases), so no families allowed… Crew had a good meal though, and since we’re shuffling crews Jan 1, this is the last holiday meal I’ll share with this bunch…

  6. 11B-Mailclerk says:


  7. 26Limabeans says:

    The advent of electricity made cooking much easier.
    Take and old lamp cord and attach a nail to each wire.
    Insert the two nails into the ends of a hot dog and plug the
    cord into a wall socket. Wait for the juices to sizzle and she’s done.
    Unplug the cord, remove the nails and enjoy.
    Have not tried it with a Turkey but probably would need more nails
    and 208 volt three phase to handle it.
    Make sure you unplug the cord before licking the nails.

  8. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    I thought this thread was about troll-bait and “he who shall remain ignorant”.