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Old 12-07-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Beer Can Turkey Dinner

My first attempt (and last) at cooking a whole turkey. Way too much work carving that bird up after dinner when all I wanted to do was vegetate on the couch

Nothing fancy. The bird came brined in a solution, so that's what I went with. After it thawed I let it air dry in the fridge overnight to dry the moisture out some.
After setting the foil pan and 24 oz beer can into my vertical smoker (that I was running hot like a grill) I placed the bird onto the can. Worse than threading a needle. I really could have used a hand here.
Then I brushed it with a vegetable oil, salt & pepper mixture. I checked it after cooking for 15 minutes and it needed a couple braces to hold it upright.
3/4 of the way through when I snapped the one pic I basted it.
And that was it. About 5 hours later, running about 380F, it was done. It weighed a hair over 20 lbs.

It was moist with just a slight smokey flavor from the charcoal and also from the smoker itself. I imagine running it hot burned some of the creosote off, or at least created a little smoke.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Looks beautiful Pac. I'm actually drooling.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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OMG, Pac, what a gorgeous bird! You did great!

Sad that you won't do it again. Maybe try it in the oven?
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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What's not to like? Looks great to me.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:32 PM   #5
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Consider me flabbergasted. I thought you were going to use the beer as a braising liquid.

You sure do make pretty food! If it tasted anywhere as good at it looked, and knowing your track record, I'm sure it was.

Excuse me while I find my drool rag. I'm dripping drool all over my laptop.

Where's the stuffing??????
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #6
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Looks like the turkey came out perfect. Your finished plate looks pretty swell too.

I see I'm not the only one who's caught drooling at their keyboard.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:36 AM   #7
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That looks wonderful, Pac! Next time invite friends over.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #8
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Heah, Me, Me, Me!
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:00 AM   #9
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Thanks guys

Z, the stuffing is in-between the corn and the sprouts

Dawg, I wouldn't change the method, I simply don't like all that work after dinner. A chicken I could put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge until the next day, but the turkey was too big for that so I felt obligated to cut it up right away. Too much work after too big a dinner, lol.
Now if someone were to stop over, eat with me and take care of that afterward...

Thanks again.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:43 AM   #10
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That is my kind of food !!! Looks fab well done !
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