A Blast From the Past: Beer Can Turkey

     I feel bad that this year I won’t be helping out for Thanksgiving at all. I’ll be stuck at work (Don’t worry, I’ll get to my parents’ house in plenty of time for turkey and dressing and football.)  The last few years I’ve been in charge of frying the turkeys, yes, plural turkeys, not to mention oven baked ones, at my wife’s family ranch. But this year I have to work so no fried turkey for us.

     Not to feel left out, I thought I would share a post about a turkey I did last year for the Super Bowl, a Beer Can Turkey. Yep, that’s right….Beer Can Turkey! I know by now most of you have heard of beer can chickens and if you can do it with a chicken, why not do it with a turkey? You just have to find a big enough beer can….like a Foster’s….its Australian for Beer! (BTW you can also do it with a Cornish game hen on a small juice can)

     I kept it pretty simple. Injected it with Tony Cachere’s Creole Butter and then rubbed it with Tony’s. Set it on a throne of Fosters and put it on the egg at 350 indirect with cherry wood for smoke (poultry absorbs smoke like a sponge, and cherry is a light wood that compliments it well).  I used the placesetter with the legs up and then made a drip pan out of foil to catch the drippings, more to avoid a mess than any plans for gravy.

Starting out

       I was figuring it would take about 15 min  a pound, so my 16 lb bird would be done in 4 hours. I was wrong. Took 3 hours. Oh well. Wrapped it up in foil, placed it in a cooler with some towels and made the long trek of about 4 blocks to my buddies house.

Finished bird

      Everybody raved about how great the turkey was, saying it had great flavor and was so moist and juicy. I even had a guy tell me that he hated turkey but that he really liked mine. So I guess it was a success. I was a happy man, but to tell you the truth, I still prefer fried turkeys.

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8 thoughts on “A Blast From the Past: Beer Can Turkey

  1. My wife got a free turkey at Publix for getting a flu shot. I’ve been wanting to try the beer can turkey. Do you use the ceramic base or a metal stand? Are you still high on the Tony’s Creole Butter? Is there anything else you are interested in trying?

    • I actually did not use a stand at all. Just the can and used the turkey legs to form a tri-pod of sorts. Still like the Tony’s Creole Butter. Used it again, in fact, back in July. I’m always interested in other ideas, do you have any?

    • You want the breast to reach 165 and the thighs to be around 180. I generally pull it when the breast reaches 160 and let it rest for 30 minutes and the temperature will coast up to 165.

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