Guinness Beer Can Turkey with Coffee Rub

This is an easy recipe for how to make guinness beer can turkey with a wonderful coffee rub. You can also use this same recipe on a roasting chicken. Guinness is my favorite hands down. It is lower in calories than most beers. It has a rich, decadent taste with a slight hint of coffee. Make your coffee rub with good quality freshly ground strong espresso roast coffee beans. The Guinness beer can turkey was my first beer can turkey. Be sure to use a small turkey. You can roast in the oven, or on the grill.

Guinness Beer Can Turkey with Coffee Rub Recipe


  • 1 8-10  lb turkey, thawed, gizzards and neck removed
  • 1 can Guinness beer
  • a few sprigs each of sage, rosemary, and thyme


  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water


  • 2 tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly finely ground expresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups turkey stock, and the what’s left of the liquid in the beer can

Turkey stock

  • turkey neck
  • giblets
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 5 cups water


  1. Add salt and sugar to a large sauce pot. Add 1/2 gallon of the water and bring to a boil. Boil until everything is dissolved. Let the mixture cool, and add to a large pot or container, large enough for your bird. Add the heavily iced water, and make sure the mixture is ice cold before adding the bird. Add the bird and brine for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees. Remove the bird and discard the brine. Rinse bird very well and pat dry. Mix all rub ingredients well, then rub the turkey with the spices all over. Open the beer, and pour about 1/4 cup out, and stuff the herb sprigs into the can. Put the beer can in the holder, if using, and place the turkey on the beer can.  The butt of the bird should be sitting on the can. Roast until internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast is 161 degrees. When the bird has reached temperature, remove from the oven or grill and wrap with aluminum foil for at least 1 hour before carving.
  3. While turkey is cooking, make the stock for the gravy. Add the turkey neck, gizzards, and spices to a saucepan. Add 5 cups of water. Bring to boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours, while turkey is roasting. Stock is done when meat is coming away from the neck bone. Strain stock before using. Melt butter in skillet. Sprinkle in flour. Cook the roux until it has browned, and is fragrant. Whisk in turkey stock. Bring back to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.
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13 Responses to “Guinness Beer Can Turkey with Coffee Rub”

  1. 1
    lululu — November 13, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

    i love cooking with beer. and look at your rub. i bet it must be super flavorful.
    might try it with chicken!

  2. 2
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — November 13, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    Wow! I’m impressed by all of your turkey preparations you posted! Very neat!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Turkey Breast Roast with Truffle Butter and a New 5 Star Makeover Challenge =-.

  3. 3
    Anita — November 14, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Yea, I used to use the URL option more frequently, but like you said… takes longer.

    Never heard of turkey with a coffee rub… interesting!
    .-= Anita´s last blog, Frustrations with Blogger and Open ID =-.

  4. 4
    OweEng2 — November 15, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    Thanks for the share, who doesn’t love guiness turkey?
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  5. 5
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — November 15, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    This sounds very unique!
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  6. 6
    Mike — November 15, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    This recipe mixes two of my favorite drinks with my favorite meal. I bookmarked, I’ll have to try it sooner or later.
    .-= Mike´s last blog, Fresh Brews: Return Of The Coffee Wars And Topless Coffee Shops =-.

  7. 7
    Nicole — November 15, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

    I love this recipe – i haven’t tried making a turkey with coffee and beer but it sounds great! do you have any stuffing recipes? i am in charge of that for thanksgiving! :)
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Strawberry Shortcake =-.

  8. 8
    Alta — November 16, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    Oh, how I miss Guinness. This sounds amazing.

  9. 9
    steve@air charter — November 17, 2009 @ 5:46 am

    i tried this last night with chicken with excellent results and for once didnt end up with dry, leather like chicken. drank way too much guinness in the prep phase i have to admit

  10. 10
    Robin G — November 21, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    I love Guiness and espresso, but am afraid to try this for Thanksgiving. I’ll try it with chicken in a few weeks, like the commentor above me did.
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  11. 11
    beer & everyone — March 18, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Heineken is the best, for ever :D

  12. 12
    William — October 18, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Like a few of the readers here I have done beer-can chicken on several occasions but never turkey. Also I have tended to use a cheap can of lager not wanting it to go to waste. I imagine Guinness would give it so much more flavour.

  13. 13
    [car hire mallorca] — November 23, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    this is great i can now start makein my own

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