Split spatch Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dirtsailor2003, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Had a small 12 pound bird in the freezer. Took it out several days back. I want to smoke it, wife wants to roast it. So I spatchy sit and spit it. One half will go in the oven, the other half will go in the Mini-WSM. Both will run around 350. Used the neck and back bone to make stock for gravy. Will make mashed taters, and roasted golden beats and Brussel sprout.

    In the mini I'll use pecan and apple today.

    Did a simple SPOG dry brine over night in the walk in fridge, aka Garage.

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    More later...


    Smoke away!!!
     
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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can't wait to see which one you both like best.
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I know which one I'm voting for!
     
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't wait, either. I spatched and smoked a turkey for the first time on Thanksgiving. My whole family (18) said that it was our best turkey ever and they wanted them all to be like that. I guess that's our vote, Case.

    Good luck, Joe
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Thanks Joe. I spatch 99% of my poultry when cooking whole birds. This cook will work out good. Half smoked half not.


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  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oaky here we go. 3 pm, smoker is at 339, oven is at 350.

    Went with straight Apple for the wood.

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    I'll put the veggies in around 4 pm. Carrots, golden beets, brussels, garlic and toasted pecans. Salt, pepper, olive oil.


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  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Forgot the veggies!


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  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Smoking away in the mini! I'm sure the one in the oven is cooking too...

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  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The grand finale! Both chunks of meat turned out great. Of course the smoked chunk was better!!! Here's a side by side comparison...


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  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As you can see the roasted bird,looks a bit bland!


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  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Her s the plated shots of the smoked bird. Wife grabbed her plate and ran before I could get a photo of the bland landscape!

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    Enjoy!!!!


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  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great side by side comparison.

    I will take a smoked plate please. Thumbs Up
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Adam! Yeah I'll take the smoke too! Horta please the wife though!


    Smoke away!!!
     
  14. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice job Case!  I did a smoked and a fried for TG, the smoked had more flavor by a long shot.  

    Mike
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you! It's hard to beat smoked turkey!
     
  16. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Case nice job on the birds I could eat either of them.Smoke would have been first.So now that Mrs T seen it we have one sitting in the fridge defrosting.

    Richie

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  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They both look great, but the color on the smoked one was beautiful! Nice smoke ring too!! Personally I'd eat them both. Nice job by both of you.
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Richie! Gotta keep the missus happy! I may do this more often with turkeys. The split spatchy works out great! Could even experiment with different rubs or brines or injections.
     
  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you! Cant wait for dinner tonight, left over turkey sandwiches!
     
  20. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Case, What's with the left over turkey sandwiches???? I thought all of us that were rooting for the smoked half would at least get a sample of the winner.

    They looked really good, I'm just partial to the smoked one. Thumbs Up
     

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