This past weekend we invited my family over for an early Thanksgiving dinner. When my husband and I got married, we decided to trade off every other year with our families when it came to Thanksgiving. This year, being an even year, is the year we spend with his family. However, I had a turkey in the freezer (and I like having Thanksgiving leftovers!!) so I invited my family over.
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The food was delicious. We had:
- Beer-Can Turkey
- Hawaiian Ham
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Brown Sugar Carrots
- Green Beans
- Cranberry Sauce
- Angel Food Cake and Fruit
If you’ve never had Beer-Can Turkey, you are really missing out! Here’s what you need to do:
- Remove the (nasty) giblets bag.
- Wash the turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry.
- Rub the turkey with olive oil or vegetable oil and sprinkle your desired seasonings on the turkey, making sure to cover every inch of the turkey (we used Beer-Can chicken seasoning).
- Pin the flap at the top closed so you keep all the moisture inside the turkey. We purchased metal toothpicks for this.
- Using a Beer Can Chicken Stand, place a turkey on to a can of beer (we used Fosters). If you’d on’t have a beer can, carefully place the beer can inside the turkey.
- Set the turkey on the grill or in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.
- Our 14lb turkey took a little over 3 hrs to grill. Make sure you rotate the turkey a 1/4 turn every 30 mins or so.
And here is what our finished turkey looked like:
What’s nice about this style of cooking your turkey is that the beer can allows all the moisture to stay inside the turkey so you literally have a juicy turkey that tastes delicious. Not a fan of beer? That’s OK! Play around with different flavors and seasonings. I’ve seen a recipe where you can use apple juice! The possibilities are endless.