Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Turkey

Jerk Beer Can Chicken
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Yield: 1 turkey
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1509 Calories
63g Fat
13g Carbs
202g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 1509
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 763mg 254%
Sodium 1433mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 202g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 150mg 12%
Iron 9mg 50%
Potassium 1897mg 40%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This grilled turkey not only gets the moisture of the beer can, but the great flavor of Jamaican jerk seasonings. This is a turkey that will become a quick favorite—it's full of flavor, moist and incredibly tender.


For the Jerk Seasoning:

  • 1 cup (240 grams) chopped green onions

  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) fresh thyme, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) brown sugar, packed

  • 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) ground cumin

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) soy sauce

  • 3 Scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) cooking oil, plus more to coat the turkey

For the Turkey:

  • 1 (15-pound/7-kilogram) whole turkey

  • 1 (24-ounce/360-milliliter) can beer

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and prepare grill for indirect grilling.

  2. Combine everything for the jerk seasoning in a food processor and blend until smooth.

  3. Rub the jerk mixture all over the surface of the turkey. Try to work it under the skin as much as possible.

  4. Open can and dispose of about 1/4 of the beer.

  5. Place the can of beer over unheated portion of the grill. The can needs to be very stable on the grill.

  6. Lower the turkey over the beer can so that the can fits entirely inside the cavity of the turkey.

  7. Cook over a medium to medium-high heat for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  8. If cooking a larger or smaller bird, adjust cooking times. Check for an internal temperature in the thigh of the turkey of 165 F/74 C before removing it from the grill.

  9. When ​the turkey is done, remove from grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

  10. Serve and enjoy.

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