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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default Spatchcocked Turkey

Getting setup to smoke a 15# bird Saturday. I plan on spatching, and I was wondering about the brine...can I cut the bird first or do I need to leave whole to brine it? This will be my first turkey on the smoker, so ????
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Doesn't matter...typically i brine, dry it, spatch it, season and smoke.
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It really doesn't matter if you brine first or spatchcock first. For me, I brine first since the whole bird is easier to handle.
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Really does not matter. I would do what is best for the container that you are brining in. I like to spatch cock because it lays flat in fridge.
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I like to spatch it first that way there's less to do when I'm ready to cook it.
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That's about what I thought. Six of one, half dozen of the other. I think I am going to spatch first, then brine. I believe it will take up less space that way. I'm space restricted right now, and I believe I can tighten the bird up a bit while it brines.
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