Smoky Spatchcocked Turkey

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Smoky Spatchcocked TurkeyRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Grill a spatchcocked turkey for a smoky, robust bird that's ready in half the time. The turkey won't have grill marks (it cooks flesh side up over indirect heat) but will absorb that chargrilled flavor.

Serves 16 (serving size: about 5 oz.)


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1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 (14-lb.) whole fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
Cooking spray


Active: 45 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes

1. Preheat one side of grill to medium (375°F).

2. Combine first 6 ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; discard or reserve for another use. Place turkey, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using kitchen shears, cut along both sides of backbone; discard backbone. Turn turkey breast side up; press firmly against breastbone with the heel of your hand so that the bird is splayed open, butterfly style. Trim excess fat; tuck wing tips under turkey. Place turkey on a large rimmed baking sheet. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub spice mixture under loosened skin.

3. Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Place turkey, skin side up, on grate over unlit side of grill. Cover and grill 2 1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 160°F, rotating turkey 90 degrees every 30 minutes. Place turkey on a cutting board. Let stand, loosely covered with foil, 30 minutes (internal temperature will rise to 165°F). Remove skin before carving.

Created date

October 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 144
Fat 2.4 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Monofat 0.5 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrate 4 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 83 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 314 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Sugars 3 g
Est. Added Sugars 3 g