If you are looking for how to smoke a spatchcock turkey on a pellet grill, look no further! Pellet grills are great because they can be used as a smoker, and the only real difference is that you put dried wood pellets instead of wet wood chips. When it comes to smoking a spatchcock turkey, there are several parts to the process. So get out your pen and paper and let’s get down to business.
How To Spatchcock a Turkey
The spatchcock turkey is a technique to prepare the turkey which involves removing the backbone and flattening it out. This makes for a great fixture in a smoker because it can be turned without having to worry about its shape and orientation.
The first step in spatchcocking a turkey is to remove the backbone. For this, you need to cut along both sides of the spine with poultry shears or a knife. You want to make sure that you leave one end attached so that it doesn’t completely come apart. Next, take your kitchen scissors and make cuts towards the other end of the spine. The cuts should be about 1 inch away from the edge of the spine. Now you should be able to bend down both ends to meet each other at the middle.
Once you have removed the spine from the turkey, you will want to use a paper towel and dry it off thoroughly inside and out. When it comes to seasoning, you can use any kind of poultry seasoning or rub that you prefer. Make sure to get some over every crevice in the whole turkey so that it’s nice and moist when it’s done.
Once you have seasoned the turkey, remove any of the inside parts like the neck or gizzards. You can either throw them out or use them for making stock if you want to make gravy with it. Next, take some aluminum foil and place one end in the middle of your grill grate. This will be used to hold the turkey in place while you’re turning it because you have removed the spine from the turkey.
After this, fold up all of the wings and legs onto itself so that they are out of your way for now. At this point, get a pair of tongs and grab onto one side of the foil with it. Now you need to pull the turkey onto itself so that it is now lying front side down. You can now grab onto the neck flap which you removed earlier and tuck it under the aluminum foil.
Once this is done, you should have a nice, even-looking bird on your grill grate. Now all you have to do is get your smoker ready, set it to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and load up your grill with pellets. Be sure to check the pellet box every once in a while to make sure that you are still getting enough smoke, but don’t worry because it shouldn’t take too long because of the spatchcock technique.
How To Smoke Turkey Using a Pellet Grill
One of the benefits of smoking turkey is that the meat will be juicy and tender. Smoking a turkey on a pellet grill is an easy way to get these benefits. It may take a little more effort than roasting, but it is worth it.
To smoke your spatchcock turkey on a pellet grill, all you need to do is:
1) Preheat your smoker and set it at 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
2) Smoke for three and a half hours beginning at around 10 AM. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the bird and the sustained temperature of the smoker. You can also start earlier in the morning and cook for four hours or until almost done if you do not have much time.
3) Apply your favorite barbecue sauce or glaze to the turkey and cook for another 15 minutes to get that perfect, sticky sheen. Keep in mind that this will affect the flavor of the meat, so you may want to save your good stuff for after it is done cooking.
Why Us a Pellet Grill to Smoke Your Spatchcock Turkey?
Sharing a tradition with the Native Americans, many people smoke their turkey on Thanksgiving. A smoker is the safest way to cook your bird, but some people are experimenting with smoking on a pellet grill. The reason for this is that the pellets are not as hot as charcoal so it’s easier to maintain low temperatures. The main problem with using a pellet grill for smoking is that they will only generate white smoke, which means you’ll need more wood chips.
Pellet grills are different from normal smokers because the water pan is not used for smoking purposes. This means that you will need to use “smoking stones” or something similar so you’ll have steam helping out with the cooking process.
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