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Garage Beer’s Beer Can Turkey: How to make it for Thanksgiving


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As Thanksgiving approaches, the anticipation for a delightful feast kicks in, and what better way to enhance your holiday menu than with a succulent “beer can turkey” recipe from Garage Beer.

Thanksgiving, synonymous with turkey, has evolved from its origins. Historically, the inaugural Thanksgiving meal didn’t showcase turkey; instead, it boasted a spread of lobster, eel, venison, goose, and oysters. Presently, approximately 46 million turkeys grace American tables on this festive day. Despite its prominence, studies reveal that merely 32% of Americans relish traditional Thanksgiving fare, with two-thirds expressing a dislike for these classic dishes.

Presidential history intertwines with Thanksgiving traditions. President George H. W. Bush became the pioneer of the official turkey pardon in 1989, a notion inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 act of sparing a White House turkey as a “Thanksgiving present.” For those grappling with turkey cooking quandaries, Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line® offers a lifeline, receiving over 100,000 calls from eager cooks seeking guidance during the holiday season.

Now, here’s a tantalizing recipe: the Garage Beer Can Turkey. This innovative approach bids farewell to dry, flavorless turkey. Infused with the essence of Garage Beer, this recipe promises moist, tender meat, ensuring a swift cooking process while preserving the beer’s moisture within the turkey.

Garage Beer, a brew crafted for convivial gatherings, encapsulates the essence of camaraderie. Its crisp, mild taste mirrors the classic light beer, brewed meticulously in small batches for premium quality. Perfectly complementing Thanksgiving, Garage Beer embodies the spirit of togetherness shared among friends and family.

To indulge in this beverage and elevate your Thanksgiving experience, Garage Beer is available at Giant Eagle and local convenience stores. For more information, visit drinkgaragebeer.com and follow Garage Beer on Instagram @DrinkGarageBeer.

Prepare to savor Thanksgiving with a delectable Garage Beer Can Turkey, an ode to flavorful traditions and the joy of shared moments around the holiday table.

Garage Beer Can Turkey Recipe


●      1 Tbsp garlic powder

●      ½ tsp salt

●      1 tsp black ground pepper

●      ¼ cup canola oil

●      1 Tbsp paprika

●      ½ Roasted cumin

●      10-14 lb Whole frozen young turkey

●      16 oz Garage Beer classic


  1. Combine a blend of paprika, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Insert a beer can into the turkey’s bottom and lower the lid for approximately an hour while cooking covered.
  3. Open the beer can and pour out a few tablespoons.
  4. Uncover the lid, rotate the turkey in the roasting pan, and continue cooking for another hour. The turkey is done when the juices run clear, and a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast reads 165°F.
  5. Place the roasting pan with the turkey on the cooler side of the grill.
  6. Position the turkey and the can in the roasting pan, arranging the legs like a tripod to support the turkey.
  7. Preheat one side of the grill to 400°F.
  8. Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey cavity.
  9. Take the turkey off the grill, and remove and discard the beer can.
  10. Thoroughly rinse the turkey inside and out.
  11. Rub the remaining spice mixture on the outside of the turkey.
  12. Massage the cavity of the turkey thoroughly with the spice mixture, reserving half of it.
  13. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before carving.
  14. Using a basting brush, coat the outside of the turkey with canola oil.

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