How To Spatckcock Cut A Turkey

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With a spatchcock cut to a turkey you are able to cook a turkey faster than you can imagine.  Let Ace's Grilling Expert, Chef Jason, show you an easy way to get it done.

How To Spatchcock Cut A Turkey

This technique is great to close up your oven and move your turkey to the grill.


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Yield: Serves 10-12 People
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 2-3 Hours depending on level of smoke desired


1 Ea                Turkey, Whole, Fresh                     18-20 Lb Turkey



  • Prepare turkey by removing cavity contents and giblets package under front flap
  • Rinse turkey inside and out and set aside
  • Place the turkey onto a stable cutting board
  • With heavy duty poultry shears or large chefs knife, (I prefer Heavy Duty Poultry Shears) cut along both side of the backbone and remove the backbone.
  • Save Backbone to use in turkey stock or for gravy
    • CAUTION – Inspect Carefully for any bone shards and remove
  • Using poultry shears or the heel of your knife, split the breastbone/sternum and lay the turkey flat
  • Seasoning Tips:
    • Oil and Rub with seasoning
    • Brine Turkey
    • Inject Turkey
    • Butter Baste Turkey
  • Place the turkey cavity/bones side down on your grill or smoker
    • Smoke at low temper for 1 hour to add smoke flavor
    • Or
    • Cook at 350˚ until turkey reaches internal temp of 165˚ in Breast or 180˚ in Thigh

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Published: 9/18/2020