Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey

4 from 1 vote

Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey

Why not take your turkey outdoors this year and free up the oven space during this holiday season? The cooking process is quick and easy, but the delicious result will wow your guests.Let's read this smoked spatchcocked turkey recipe!
Servings 16
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Fruit Wood Pellets


  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 14 lbs fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat your pellet smoker to 375 °F.
  • In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, poultry seasoning, ancho chile powder, ground cumin, and kosher salt.
  • Remove the giblets and neck. Dry your turkey well with paper towels.
  • Cut out the backbone of a cleaned turkey, flip the turkey over and press the breast down to flatten it out.
  • Trim any excess fat and tuck wing tips under the turkey.
  • Heavily apply the spice mixture under the skin and over the top of the skin.
  • Coat grill grate with cooking spray.
  • Place turkey, skin side up, on the grate. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of thigh registers 160 °F, rotating turkey 90 degrees every 30 minutes. The cooking process will take about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Place turkey on a cutting board. Tent it under foil for 30 minutes. Remove skin before carving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked

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  1. 4 stars
    2 1/2 hours? For how big a turkey? I have a 15 pounder, probably 14 pounds spatchcocked.

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