Filling a Turkey With Molten Aluminum Is a Terrible Way to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

Toss a turkey in the oven and it cooks from the outside in, which can take hours of roasting before it’s done. But what if you cooked a turkey from the inside out? That’s what Allen Pan tried by filling a raw turkey with molten aluminum and then letting the whole thing cook, cool, and solidify, en route to a friend’s Thanksgiving party.


The results were, well, disastrous. It turns out there’s a good reason the Butterball hotline doesn’t recommend, or even suggest, filling a raw turkey with melted metal. Parts of the bird were cooked, but the rest of it was still raw by dinner time, as most of the molten aluminum had poured out a hole it had burned through the bottom of the turkey. The only salvageable part was an aluminum cast of the bird’s neck, which would at least give you a lovely centerpiece for next year’s Thanksgiving.



I would have done it like a deep fried turkey. Lower it into a vat of molten aluminum. That way you get a nice crispy skin.