Whole or Spatchcocked

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ps0303, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Whole

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  2. Spatchcocked

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  1. ps0303

    ps0303 Meat Mopper

    What's the count on who likes to smoke their turkey whole and spatchcocked.
     
  2. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Just for space and time saving considerations , I like to split a turkey and do half on each rack of my WSM . Speeds up the cooking big time. Saves charcoal too. Turkey comes out moist and juicy with great crisp skin.
     
  3. I do both.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I also do both , however , the Spatchcock  finishes sooner...
     
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I like to spatchcock myself. I think there is no good reason to keep a bird looking like a bird in the smoker other than for presentation. If it cuts time and fuel. Cooks more evenly. tastes just as good. Why not?
     
  6. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    I cook the whole bird but mostly because I do not think it will fit in my MES 30".
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I spatch my birds. I feel that a spatched bird cooks evenly. You also cut down on the cooking time which is nice.

    As for presentation a spatched bird gets lots of compliments, but we typically carve the bird prior to putting it on the table so not a big deal in our house.
     
  8. moses

    moses Meat Mopper

    Are there any instructions on how to properly spatch a turkey?
     
  9. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I've nevet spatched a bird before...

    Butterflied, quartered, or whole. I gotta try a spatch!
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  11. moses

    moses Meat Mopper

    Thanks man
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Huli Huli Spatchy on the Mini!
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014
  13. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Now that I can get mini pots here I will make one a huli huli pit!

    About eight or nine years ago I helped with a huli huli chicken fundraiser here for my daughter's soccer team and we did a ridiculous number of brined, spatched and spogged chickens!
     
  14. litterbug

    litterbug Smoke Blower

    If I were to vote, it would be whole. As I have yet to spatch a bird. The link dirtsailor provided is a nice one though. Gonna have to try it.
     
  15. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I would need something like this...


    I went and got another pot and had all the parts in the garage! I still have to attach the lid and cut it out. I'll paint it but I won't be using any stickers for this one.
     
  16. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

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