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Old 11-01-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Spatchcocked Turkey Practice (lots 'o pron)

So, with Thanksgiving coming up and family joining us from Cali, my wife and I thought it'd be a good idea to do a little practice bird before the big day.

So, here it is in all it's glory:
Started with a small(ish) 12 lb. bird

Got rid of that ridicuoous little "popup thermometer" that's supposed to tell you the bird is done but never does:

Made my first incisions immediately distal to the spinal column:

...and then removed said spinal column:

Took a second to warn off appreciative and hopeful bystanders:

Dusted the exterior and rubbed the interior with my standard spice blend:

Got the drum up to 325 and let 'er cook for 3 hours. Deep thigh meat @175:

Sorry... no pics of it after this. You'll just have to trust me, it was juicy, tender and taaaaystee.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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Probably somebody has Spatchcocked a turkey here bePhore but this is the Phirst time that I see it!
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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That looks good. This spatchcock theory had crossed my mind last week. Now that it's been proven to work, may have to try it. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:18 PM   #4
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Nice job! Now you're ready for T-Day!
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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great idea ! thanks for that. looks near perfect.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:23 PM   #6
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Looks perdy!!!
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:25 PM   #7
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Very Nice
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:48 PM   #8
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Pretty poultry.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:38 PM   #9
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That is the only way to cook a turk. BTW you have a nice looking bird there
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:47 PM   #10
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The last 4 Turkeys that I have done, I have halved it like I do chickens.

Works great and cooks evenly from turning and basting every hour.

Nice job and good photos.

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Old 11-01-2010, 05:32 PM   #11
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Thanks for posting this. Someone mentioned to me the other day (different thread) about spatchcocking a turkey. Didn't know what it was about. Thanks again Brethren!
This looks like a great bird - and yeah, I imagine it was tasty! Great job!
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:36 PM   #12
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Nice pron, thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:45 PM   #13
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Nice. We we're talking about turkey on the bus home tonight. I love turkey. Going to have to smoke one. What did you think about the rub versus traditional roasted turkey?

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Old 11-01-2010, 06:48 PM   #14
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Looking good thanks for tje pics
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #15
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Looks good Thanks for the info, was planning on trying myself, hopefully it turns out as good as yours
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