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BEER CAN TURKEY

BEER CAN TURKEY
 

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Raichlen fan Steve Hoch of Wheaton, Illinois, made a beer can turkey for Thanksgiving, and decided to reprise his success for Christmas. (That’s his Thanksgiving bird above.)
He reports he took advantage of every opportunity to keep the turkey moist. He first brined the bird, then positioned it on a 16-ounce can of beer (drained of half its contents). Steve also poured turkey broth into the drip pan and sprayed the bird with a thin mop made of apple cider and apple vinegar. He maintained a temperature of 275 to 300 in his 22.5 inch Weber kettle grill, which cooked the turkey (a 12 pounder) in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Note: To increase clearance between the grill grate and the lid, Steve used the ring that comes with Weber’s rotisserie kit.
For another take on beer can turkey, see Steven’s iconic book, Beer Can Chicken. Happy Holidays to you from all of us at www.barbecuebible.com!

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