How to Make a Beer Can Turkey
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How to Make a Beer Can Turkey

H-E-B Chef Charlotte demonstrates how to cook a beer can turkey on the grill. It's one of her favorite dishes to get her out of the kitchen during the holiday.
To make a beer can turkey, you will need the following items, available at H-E-B:
  • gas grill
  • 2 turkey-sized disposable roasting pans
  • small mixing bowls
  • basting brush
  • meat thermometer
  • heat resistant gloves
  • disposable gloves
  • plastic cutting board

Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the grill

Before heating the gas grill, you will need to remove some of the grates to ensure the turkey will fit standing and the lid will close tightly.

You will use one side of the grill, using indirect heat to cook your turkey. Preheat the gas grill to medium-high (about 400°F).

Step 2: Seasoning the turkey

Combine the ingredients from the beer can turkey recipe into the bowl and mix together. The mixture will be used to season the turkey. For sanitary reasons, use disposable gloves to season the turkey. Rub the seasoning with your hands into the cavity of the bird.

Open the beer and pour a couple of tablespoons out. Place the beer can in an aluminum roasting pan, then place the turkey over the beer can. Use the turkey's legs as a tripod to keep the bird steady.

For optimal flavor and aroma, add jalapeños, onions and garlic into the neck of the turkey. Rub the remaining seasoning mixture on the outside of the bird.

Step 3: Grill the turkey

Place a clean roasting pan onto the cool side of the grill. Carefully transfer the turkey with the beer can into the pan on the grill.

Close the lid and cook the turkey for one hour. Be sure not to open the lid as this will allow heat to escape, and it will take longer to cook.

After the turkey has cooked for an hour, using heat resistant gloves, carefully rotate the turkey on the grill. Continue to cook for another hour.

Step 4: The turkey is ready

After the bird has been on the grill for about two hours, insert a meat thermometer into the turkey breast. The turkey is done when the thermometer reads 165°F.

Wearing heat resistant gloves, carefully transfer the turkey to the cutting board. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes—this will allow the juices to redistribute and make sure the bird is juicy. Your beer can turkey is ready for you to enjoy!

This is just one of many ways to cook a turkey! See all H-E-B turkey cooking videos.

Featured Recipe:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 h 20 m
Serves 20

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