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Blackened Saskatchewan Beer Can Turkey Breast

Switch up the usual burgers and surprise everyone with a Beer Can Turkey Breast on the BBQ with a Blackened Saskatchewan dry rub. Juicy and super flavourful, this BBQ turkey is going to be a huge hit!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Turkey, Blackened seasoning
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 429kcal


Blackened Saskatchewan Spice Blend

  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika hot or sweet
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard

Beer Can Turkey

  • 4-5 Lb bone-in whole turkey breast
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 355 ml can of your favourite beer or pop
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • In a small bowl, mix together all the spices to make the dry rub. Set aside.
  • Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towel.
  • Lightly brush the turkey with canola oil, then evenly coat with the Blackened Saskatchewan Spice Blend.
  • Let the turkey sit at room temperature with the rub on it for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your barbeque for indirect grilling using medium heat. Preheat the grill to 350°F.
  • Open a can of your favourite beer, or soft drink and take a few big sips. You need to empty about 3-4 ounces from the can.
  • Place the can onto a disposable aluminum pan (or any pan that is safe for the grill).
  • Place the turkey breast over the can.
  • Place the pan onto the barbecue over indirect heat (opposite side of the grill that is turned on).
  • Close the lid and cook for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes for every 1 lb of turkey.
  • Once done, remove from the grill and allow to sit and rest for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the turkey from the can, slice, and serve with wedges of lemon, if desired.


  • Watch the kind of turkey breast you purchase. The single breast is very common but that’s only half of what you need to make this work. A full bone-in turkey breast looks like a full turkey, minus the legs and wings.
  • If you don’t want to use beer, you can use a lemon-lime soda, or root beer. There are also lots of devices made specifically for vertically cooking poultry. You can also use a bundt pan.
  • This can also be done in the oven, Preheat the oven to 350°F bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 79g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 1225mg | Potassium: 1026mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1660IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg