- David Skarin
How to Spatchcock a Turkey
Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Spatchcock chicken is all the rage but you can also spatchcock a turkey! Everyone wants the picture perfect turkey for the holidays but these come out looking fantastic as well, see below. Not to mention that it cooks quicker and more evenly creating a moist and juicy turkey which is ultimately what you are looking for.
Poultry shears - these really make cutting the chicken very easy and highly suggested
Step 1: Place your turkey breast side down on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut the backbone out of the turkey. Trim off any remaining ribs.
Tip: You can keep the backbone to make poultry stock…or you can discard, your call.
Step 2: Place the turkey breast-side up, then firmly press down with your hands to flatten. Trim off any excess skin. You want to ensure your turkey lays nice and flat.
Viola, a spatchcock turkey that is ready for whatever seasoning you want! Be sure to check out some of our rubs and brines for ideas!
Be sure to check out these recipes as well:
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