McGargles’ Beer Can Christmas Turkey Recipe

Here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for: McGargles’ Beer Can Christmas Turkey Recipe. This is another one from brewer Bill Laukitis, the man is a real all rounder! Take it away Bill…


1 Large Turkey

7 McGargles Uncle Jim’s Stouts or Toothless Dec’s Brown Ales.

3/4 cup of salt

1/3 cup of sugar

Assorted herbs and spices


Make a beer brine with a either beer.

I’d say 3 litres of beer and 1 3/4 cup salt and 1/3 cup sugar to make brine. Plus any herbs you might like to add.

Place turkey in brine in a garbage bag in the fridge overnight/12 hours.

Rinse off in the morning on the day it will be cooked.

Prepare the turkey as you like. A spiced rub is a nice change from tradition.

Then cook in the oven or ideally smoke on the grill.

If you do not prepare the turkey stuffed then a great way to keep the bird moist is to do a beer can turkey then. Fill a beer can halfway with stout. Insert in the cavity carefully and let it steam through the bird as it cooks.

Bill added; ‘My turkey this year was one of my best yet… first time I tried it this way. Good one for beer lovers

Thanks for sharing that one with us Bill, and Happy Christmas everyone!

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