Smokin', Drunkin', Flame-Broiled Turkey (Turkey on a Beer Can)

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
Recipe by Logans Mommy

Started off as just Turkey on a beer can, or "Beer-But" turkey. But with a little "wing dripping" action in the oven we added the Smokin, then when the turkey fell over we added the Flamed-Broiled. Try as I might I'm sure I'll never be able to duplicate this recipe, it was truly the BEST turkey any of us have ever had. I wish I would have taken a picture of this beautiful Christmas Day Turkey. FYI- The measurements for the spices for the rub are approximate. Good Luck!

Top Review by Mamas Kitchen Hope

So moist! We used this recipe for our Thanksgiving bird this year and I am so glad we did. Not only was it FUN but it delivered a very flavorful and moist bird. I had a metal tripod that is made for beer can chicken that I added to the beer can for extra support- which is sooooo needed! My turkey was not the smaller one called for but a 20 pounder! As you can see by the pics- it did fall! Well it sort of leaned rather than fell. Definitely use a roasting pan underneath in case yours does too. This saved me! Plus there is so much juice coming from the turkey you want something to catch it all. Dh wanted me to try to make a gravy from the drippings and it turned out wonderful. I thought the beer would not make a good gravy but everybody said it was the best turkey gravy they had ever had. I would definitely recommend this recipe not only for flavor and moistness but for fun memories!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Move rack to the lowest level and Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Make sure your turkey if fully thawed, rinsed and dry.
  3. It's a good idea to do a do a 'test run' before adding the seasonings by placing the bird on the can to ensure it's stable (keep in mind that if it topples in the oven TURN THE OVEN OFF so the juices don't trigger any flames. Also, plan to stand the bird on a full size cookie sheet to avoid drippings causing smoke, and to catch any drippings should the bird topple.
  4. Open beer and pour out about 1/4 of the can (you'll need the liquid as the bird cooks for at least 2 hours).
  5. Add about 3-4 cloves of the minced garlic to the beer can. The remaining clove (s) can be gently placed under the turkey skin, or put it all in the beer can.
  6. Add thyme to the beer can.
  7. Mix all spices together (except thyme) and pat onto the turkey (inside and out)
  8. Get some help and put the bird on the can, again making sure it's stable. Between its legs and the can it should make a 'tripod'. Put the turkey on a cookie sheet and put on the lowest rack in your oven.
  9. Cook at 350 for approx 2 1/2 hours depending on the size. Stay close by! This is not a recipe you can walk away from, since there is the chance it can tip over. Check on it often to make sure the wings and skin aren't browning to much, if they start to simple cover them with foil.

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