Holiday Cooking and Baking With Propane

Just like everything else in 2020 your Thanksgiving might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the holiday dishes and traditions you love. Whether you’re having a Thanksgiving feast or a small intimate dinner, you can use propane to cook the perfect holiday meal.

Holiday Cooking and Baking with Nelson Propane

Surveys continually prove that consumers prefer cooking on propane gas ranges because they provide more precise temperature control while ovens distribute heat evenly, making it the perfect appliance to roast Thanksgiving turkeys and bake holiday treats, like our beloved pumpkin pie!


Below we’ve included one of our favorite pumpkin pie recipes from All Recipes that will have guests coming back for seconds or even thirds!

baking pumpkin pie


1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 (14 ounce) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

Step 2

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired.


Finally Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a delectable poultry centerpiece, but if you’re tired of throwing your turkey in the oven, you can always grill it on your propane grill!

Propane grills are much faster to cook with than charcoal. They provide instant, even flame with temperature control and are also much cleaner, and don’t leave a residue or ash to dispose of, or create harmful pollutants, making gas grills much more environmentally-friendly.

So go ahead and free up some oven space with this easy yet scrumptious grilled turkey recipe from How Sweets Eats

Grilled Turkey


1 (15 to 18 pound) whole turkey

2 onions, halved

2 to 3 lemons, sliced

1 bulb of garlic, top sliced off

1 large bunch of fresh herbs, including sage, thyme, rosemary

8 to 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (enough to cover the entire bird)

kosher salt

freshly cracked black pepper

dried herbs, like sage, thyme and rosemary

2 cups chicken stock, plus more if needed during cook time.


Step 1

The night before grilling your turkey, remove any giblets and the neck and pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Place the turkey in a large baking dish. At this point, I stick it in the fridge overnight, uncovered – away from anything that it could touch. I’ve been doing this for a few years and it makes for amazing crispy turkey skin!

Step 2

Remove the turkey from the fridge one hour or so before grilling. Before grilling, make sure your propane tank is full and that you have a backup!

Step 3

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, about 450 degrees F. I preheat all burners. Prepare a stack of disposable foil roasting pans (about 2 or 3 pans) stacked together.

Step 4

Place the turkey in a roasting pan, breast-side up. Fill the cavity with 1 halved onion, 1 lemon, the garlic bulb and a bunch of fresh herbs. Tie the legs loosely together with kitchen twine. Tuck the wings under the turkey.

Step 5

Rub the turkey all over with the softened butter. Sprinkle it with the salt and the pepper. I also like to add a sprinkling of dried herbs, like thyme, sage and rosemary.

Step 6

Pour 1 to 2 cups chicken stock in the bottom of the roasted pan. Add the other lemon wedges and onions.

Step 7

Place the roasting pan on the grill and turn the center burner to medium-low. Close the grill. Ideally, you want the temperature to be about 425 to 450 degrees F during cook time, so adjust accordinging with your grill.

Step 8

Grill the turkey for 2.5 to 3 hours, checking the bird every 30 minutes or so. You want to be sure you don't run out of propane and that the grill is holding it's temperature. You can baste it with the juices in the bottom of the pan, but only keep the grill open for a minute or so at a time.

Step 9

Halfway through cook time, rotate the roasting pan and add more stock to the bottom of the pan if needed.

Step 10

After 2.5 hours, check the turkey - you want to cook it until the the temperature taken in the thigh reaches 180 degrees F.

Step 11

Once the turkey is finished, let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes before slicing.

Remember, whatever you do decide to cook up for the big day, Nelson Propane will always be here to service all your propane needs. On behalf of everyone here at NPG, we wish you a blessed and joyous holiday!

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