Mastering Spatchcocking: Elevate Your Poultry with Ease
Discover my all-time favorite way to prepare succulent whole chicken and turkey in this tutorial! Spatchcocking, a culinary secret that’s been a game-changer in my kitchen, not only saves time but also elevates the flavor and presentation of these classic dishes. Join me as I share my step-by-step guide to spatchcocking, unveiling the delicious benefits of this technique that have made it a beloved staple in my cooking repertoire. Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Spatchcock a Turkey Using Kitchen Shears
- Whole turkey (any size)
- Kitchen shears or poultry shears
- Cutting board
- Clean kitchen towels or paper towels
- Sharp knife
- Roasting pan or baking sheet
- Cooking twine (optional)
- Revolution Barbecue Bird Brine Optional
Prepare your turkey and tools
- Thaw the turkey completely if it's frozen. This may take several days in the refrigerator, depending on the turkey's size.
- Make sure you have all the necessary tools and ingredients ready before you begin.
Spatchcock the Turkey
- Lay a clean kitchen towel or paper towels on a clean, flat surface, such as a cutting board. Place the turkey on its back on the towels.
- Locate the Backbone. The backbone is the bony ridge running down the back of the turkey. You will be removing this.
- Starting at the tail end of the turkey, use your kitchen shears to cut along one side of the backbone. Begin by cutting through the ribcage, working your way up toward the neck.
- Repeat the process on the other side of the backbone, cutting through the ribcage to completely remove the backbone.
- Save the backbone for making stock or discard it.
- Open the turkey up like a book, so it lies flat on the cutting board with the breast side up. Press down firmly on the breastbone with the heel of your hand to flatten the turkey as much as possible. You may hear a slight cracking sound; this is normal.
- If desired, tuck the turkey's wingtips behind its back to prevent them from burning during cooking. You can secure them in place with cooking twine.
Season the Turkey (Optional)
- Season the turkey with Revolution Barbecue Bird Brine, both on the skin and under it for maximum flavor. Be sure to rub some seasoning under the skin as well.