Back in the summer I told my mom that I was hosting Thanksgiving this year. Since the day I told her, I’ve been super excited. Sure I’ve had many events at my house and have had to cook for a lot of people, but it’s always been easy meals like spaghetti and meatballs or a BBQ…this was the real deal. I had to figure out how to cook everything and the whole timing of it all. Being the kid of person I am, I also wanted to do something unique with our turkey rather than the same old thing. So we BBQ’d our turkey…Beer Butt style!
To prep the turkey, you need to first remove the giblet bag and the neck. I recommend just tossing them out (unless you like to eat them…blech, they make me gag personally)…or you can do what my husband did and take the heart, place it between two fingers and rapidly pinch it while yelling “come back to me. Come on, you can do it“! Then rinse the turkey in cold water. Now your turkey is ready to be seasoned!
Take onion wedges and shove it into the neck of the turkey. This allows the heat and moisture to stay inside the turkey, and results in a super moist and flavorful turkey! Once the onions are in place, pin the flap of skin over the onions and securing with toothpicks. I recommend not using the colored toothpicks…you end up with streaks of color on your turkey.
Now take a stick of real butter and rub it ALL over the turkey. You don’t need a whole stick for this, but don’t discard the butter just yet, you’ll be using it on the bird a tad later. Once covered in butter, start applying the seasoning. You can use whichever seasoning you prefer, we like the Mrs. Dash Chicken seasoning. You need to use a lot of seasoning.
Now it’s time to take your turkey to the grill and shove a beer can up its butt. Today we used Labette Blue Light with Lime. Pour about a 1/4 of the beer out (or drink it like we did) and add a dash of salt, pepper and minced garlic (the beer will foam after adding the garlic…not sure why).
This past summer we bought beer can stand at Target. Simply put the beer can in the stand, stick it up your turkey or chicken’s behind and you’re good to go! Because the turkey would take about 4 hours to grill, we covered it with foil so it would not burn. Every 30 minutes or so, my husband would go outside and rotate the turkey 180 degrees for the first two hours. For the last two hours he would rotate the turkey a 1/4 turn every 20 minutes. Each time you rotate the turkey, rub a little butter on the skin.
This turkey was about 14lbs and it took just under 4 hours too cook on the BBQ. Here is a picture of the turkey after it was completely cooked…look at that golden color:
Doesn’t it look absolutely delicious?!?
Carve like normal and enjoy the best turkey you’v ever had!
Have you ever made a Beer Can Turkery or Chicken before? What is your favorite kind of beer and seasonings to use?