Try this Beer Can Turkey for your Thanksgiving meal

A Texas twist on a Thanksgiving classic!

You’ve heard of Beer Can Chicken, but have you heard of Beer Can Turkey? This spin-off will give your next meal a juicy flavor without the dryness of smoking it.


  • 1 10 lb. turkey
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 24 oz. can of beer (preferably a lager)


  1. Preheat one side of the grill to 400°F
  2. Remove the giblets, neck and excess fat from the inside of the turkey
  3. Rinse the turkey with water both inside and out then pat dry.
  4. Combine spices (paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt & pepper) together in a small bowl
  5. Coat the outside of the turkey with vegetable oil
  6. Rub half of the spice mixture inside the turkey
  7. Open the beer and pour out (or drink) a few tablespoons.
  8. Place the beer in a roasting ban, and place the turkey on top.
  9. Rub the remaining spice mixture on the outside of the turkey
  10. Place turkey (and beer) on cooler side of the grill
  11. Cover and cook for about an hour
  12. Open lid, and then turn turkey around and cook anothe rhour
  13. When turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F it’s done

*A 10 pound turkey typically feeds around 20 people.

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