Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beer Can Turkey

I know this sounds strange but this makes an amazing turkey. The outside is crispy and the inside is tender and moist. I think I might even like this method better than the brining method.

Beer Can Turkey

10-12 lb whole turkey, defrosted and neck, giblets, and gravy removed.
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 - 12 oz can beer

Arrange oven rack to the lowest level. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl. Baste turkey with the butter and spice mixture. Pour out half the beer. Add the remaining butter and spice mixture to beer can. Place can in the turkey's center cavity and prop upright in a roasting pan. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 3.5 to 4 hours or until turkey is medium brown all over.

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