Spatchcock Turkey on the Smoker-sure why not!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokeusum, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    So I've done quite a few yardbirds spatched on the smoker so I thought doing a turkey should be (praying) fairly easy...

    So far it's taken me almost an hour to get the spine out and crack the sternum. Many tools where utilized! Pretty sure my husband thinks I'm building something.

    I'll post the pre-cook bird shortly. I had to put the bird back in the fridge to chill a bit.

    Anyone else done this? Tips? Tricks?
  2. mjeffcoat

    mjeffcoat Fire Starter

    I use a hack saw to remove the spine on a turkey.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dry the skin super good before hitting the smoker. Hit it with the hair dryer on low. Simple seasoning no oil or butter on or under skin. High temp smoke 325+ if you you can. Spatched is the way to go. I have found that a good knife works best for removing the backbone.
  4. It should be good.


    Happy smoken.

  5. I spatchcocked a turkey for our monthly smoke at work last week, and think it's the way to go, faster cook time and¬†evener heating. Turkey bones are much heavier than chicken and I too had trouble. I wound up using an 8" chefs knife, I found doing a little bit at a time made it easier. Be careful to keep the knife under control so you don't spatchcock yourself[​IMG]

    I saw a video on YouTube that suggested using an injector to inject a butter spice mixture under the skin. Worked pretty good and avoided the dark streaks that sometimes result from injecting into the muscle. I do mine at 300 to 325.

    I'm doing a nontraditional brisket for my Thanksgiving meal its on and the TBS is flowing. Looking forward to seeing your Qview!
  6. I use an electric knife and get through it with ease - done in two minutes.
  7. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    We'll it's ready to go in... I seperated the skin from the meat and scraped out the gelatinous fat and rubbed the underside of the skin with a light salt rub and let it sit for a bit in the fridge.

    When I pulled it out, prior to seasoning, used paper towels and run it underneath the skin to remove as much salt, moisture, and any other fatty pieces. It was then rubbed with a blend of rub and mayo, inside and out. I use mayo instead of butter because it creates a better skin and juicier bird, well it does with chicken, anyway.

    I lay it out with thighs tucked under because it lifts the skin of the meat, creating a pocket of heat between the skin and the meat, and I guess because of the mayo, seems to really lend to great skin and moist meat.

    Wish me luck! I'll keep yall posted!!!
  8. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

  9. That sounds awesome!!! Can't wait to see this one!!! :popcorn
  10. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    I totally owned this!!! #hugesuccess!!!
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! Nice smoke! People always complain about a spatched bird not being presentable! Your's I'd be happy to see anytime at a table I was sitting at!

    Smoke away!!!
  12. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes , looks like a Success and it looks Marvelous.

    I do Mayo on Corn when I roast it (smoke) , and love it , I will try this on Fowl... Thanks [​IMG]

    Gonna be a great Thanksgiving at the Smokeusome Household.

    Have fun and . . .
  13. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    Oh the mayo thing is a total score... I use it one EVERYYTHING now. Really, mayo is nothing more then egg yolks, a vinager and an oil... That's the total trifecta of everything a meat needs to become tender, seal in juices and be juicy, wanna sweet hint add honey... i use mayo in or on every meat I cook, now.
  14. Thanks for the mayo tip, something new to try.

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