How to Spatchcock a Turkey

Spatchcock is just a fancy way to say “butterfly.” Here’s our super-Southern method for flattening your bird.

STEP 1 

Using a sharp knife, make two cuts on either side of backbone to serve as guides.

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STEP 2 

Using clean, brand-new handheld garden clippers, cut on both sides to remove backbone. Reserve bone for stock, if desired.

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STEP 3 

Place turkey on work surface, breast side up. Using both hands or a heavy cast-iron skillet, forcefully press turkey to flatten. (We found that giving it a whack with the skillet worked best.)

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STEP 4 

Marinate and grill as directed.

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Test out your spatchcoking skills with our Citrus Grilled Turkey

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