June is Turkey Lovers’ Month!

Ohio’s turkey farmers are sharing their tried-and-true grilling tips + tricks, plus their favorite recipes in honor of National Turkey Lovers’ Month! Turkey’s versatility as a protein makes it a great choice for cooking methods outside of traditional roasting – like grilling! With a little practice and our quick tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a turkey grilling expert!

Before you fire up the grill, remember to practice proper food safety during backyard cookouts this summer by following the Core Four Practices of Food Safety to keep you and your crew food safe:

    • Clean your hands and kitchen surfaces often. Scrub your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and be sure to sanitize counters and other surfaces. 
    • Separate cutting boards, mixing bowls, plates and utensils for raw turkey than you use for other ingredients. 
    • Cook turkey and use a digital meat thermometer to verify the thickest part reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F.
    • Chill any leftovers in airtight containers and refrigerate within two hours of being cooked. Discard any food that has been sitting out for more than two hours (one hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90°F).

Turkey is a natural fit for the grill or smoker, and its versatility makes it the perfect protein to let your pitmaster skills speak for themselves. Feeling a little intimidated? Check out this handy guide to determine which cut of turkey is best for your grill. Once your turkey is prepped and ready to go, check out these tips for grilling low & slow. 

Ohio turkey farmers are proud to provide healthy, safe, affordable turkey to Ohioans and nationwide. Ranking ninth in the country, Ohio farmers produce over 300 million pounds of turkey every year. 🍗

Try these delicious turkey recipes for your next backyard cookout or picnic:

Lemon Pesto Turkey Burgers

Turkey Kofta Kebabs

Grilled Turkey Sliders

For more information and nutritious turkey recipes, click here.

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