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  • dlaslo
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    • Jul 2015
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    Spatchcocked turkey times

    I decided to try spatchcocking a turkey at Thanksgiving but I also decided to do a test run today to see what is involved. I'm also cooking with the recommended "gravy" in a deep pan under the pellet grill grate and under the turkey.

    I read the times for cooking a spatchcocked turkey at 325F (14 pounds = 1 hour) and although I couldn't believe it I delayed starting the turkey today to 4PM for a 5:30 dinner with a 15 pound turkey.... An hour later the breast was still only 70F so I kicked up the smoker to 350F (I have a pellet smoker).

    It is now 7:10 PM and it is only 145F in the breast. I'm wondering if the gravy pan is slowing it down?
  • emil.glatz
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    #2
    Sounds like you have the first rule of BBQ down: make sure they're starving hungry! I don't have much in the way of clues, my log book got soaked and all the ink ran into an unintelligible mess. To me I'd say you're doing everything right - patience is a virtue (I'm told).

    You might take a quick look at https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...n-runs-1-14-03

    I think they have a brief discussion on turkey, as I recall.

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      #3
      I have had an 8 pound chicken cook in 1.5 hours, but never a 15 pound spatchcock turkey. I think my last one took about 3 hours. I hate to ask, but are you using a grate-level thermometer probe? I know from experimenting with my dome thermometer that it runs about 50 degrees higher than grate temps.

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        #4
        Do you have a 2nd air probe to confirm your pit temp, and a 2nd meat probe (instant read) to double check the breast temp? If I'm reading your times correctly, at 7:10 your spatchcocked turkey has been cooking for just over 3 hours, so my guess is the pit temp is much lower than 325 to 350.

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          Fuzzy Daddy:
          My pellet grill meat probe died and I only use a check with a Thermoworks mk4 (which I don't check more frequently than every 30 minutes in the early going because opening the lid loses heat). I have a backup for the pit but didn't use it.....
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        #5
        When I smoke whole turkeys (a lot), general rule of thumb is 1/2 hr./lb.
        Spatchcocked ought to be somewhat faster, due to greater area being exposed to heat.
        Others well versed in that method will doubtless be along shortly to share their collective experiences, tips, tricks etc.

        I jus' can't feature no 15 lb. turkey gettin' done in 1 hour. Mebbe I'm mistaken... wouldn't be th' first time.

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          #6
          Which recipe told you one hour?

          I don't think I've ever even gotten a 5lb spatchcocked chicken done in an hour, usually they're 1:15 and that's when cooking at 340-350.

          A spatchcocked turkey at 325 (actual grate temp) can take a good 2-3 hrs, with plenty of variation to this of course, huge turkeys 4 or 5hrs even.

          You're a smart feller for practicing as you are now, so you know your cook times for your big day.

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          • dlaslo
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            [from the turkey recipe sidebar] - LINK - http://amazingribs.com/recipes/chick...ed_turkey.html


            ...I would guestimate 60 minutes or so for small birds about 14 pounds, and 2 hours for a 20 pounder. But air temp plays a major role, so give yourself a cushion."
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          #7
          dlaslo Gotcha. Those are best case scenario times, I wouldn't bet on that being the norm for sure. Toward the top of the article where there's all the red shortcut links, find Cooking Times (or just scroll down about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the article to Cooking Times subheading). Notice the chart there. That's more your safe bet.

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          • johnsteen
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            #8
            This was a 14 pounds and took 90 minutes to reach 165 in the breast. Click image for larger version

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            • dlaslo
              dlaslo commented
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              Yep...I bet it is the radiation from the charcoal fire that speeds cooking. I have a pellet grill - controlled at the 325F set temperature and shielded from the fire

            • Spinaker
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              Great picture dude!!
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            #9
            I have noticed that a spatchcocked turkey takes just a little less time than the whole bird, but not the dramatic fast times folks claim. Maybe it's because my pellet grill's convection currents reduce the difference by cooking the whole bird faster than normal.

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            • TimmyR
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              #10
              Wellll...this is a timely thread. I plan to spatchcock this year on my Big Green Egg...while I do need to know how long we THINK it'll take I'd also like to know how to maximize my turkey space. I have an Adjustable Rig and can do two shelves plus a drip plan just like I do when I do two briskets or multiple pork shoulders.....

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                #11
                I have never done a turkey in my life. Ever. Its crazy. Although that might be changing this year. The holidays are are changing. Part of getting older...I guess.

                I am thinking the KBQ will get the nod. Cherry wood with a bit of oak mixed in. The S&G for the rub. But I am going to kick the sugar up a bit and maybe add some crushed coriander. I think it will add a bit of a sweet nutty taste to the turkey. Especially with the Cherry smoke accented with the oak splits.

                ......Now my mind is running.........

                Let's keep this thread going and get some more tips from the Gobblers in the Pit.

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                  KBQ sounds like a winner - max temp. If it's under 15 lbs, I'll bet about 3 hours.
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                #12
                I wanting to do one or two practice birds on the PBC before Thanksgiving.... So like Spinaker I'm game for some more tips as well... I'm not a big fan of S&G thought... may have to try something different.

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                  #13
                  I haven't tried spatchcocking on my grill, but it's how I do Turkey Day meals in my oven. Here's the science behind the process if you're interested.

                  http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/h...tchcocked.html

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                    #14
                    I should keep a better logbook! Memory says 2.5-3 hours or so for me with a 13 pound avg bird.

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                      #15
                      I did a 15 pounder spatcocked a few weeks back at 325 grate and found it took almost 4 hours. I did fill the water reservoir on the SNS when I cooked it which I will not do the next time since I think that slowed the cooking process down. I found the recipe for the gravy also had way too much water in it which slowed the cook as well. Better to add water to it during the cook than start with too much. Gonna try one more before the big day.

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                        Sounds like you have the reasons identified pretty well. Thermal mass and all that!

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                    If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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                    The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

                    Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


                    Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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                    The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                    Click here to read our complete review


                    The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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                    The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

                    Click here to read our complete review


                    Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                    Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                    The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                    Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                    The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                    The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                    Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                    The Undisputed Champion!

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                    The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                    Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                    Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                    The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                    NK-22-Ck Grill

                    Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

                    Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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                    G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                    Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                    If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

                    Click here to read our detailed review

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                    GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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                    GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

                    Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


                    PK 360 grill

                    Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                    The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

                    Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

                    Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


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                    Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                    The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

                    Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                    Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                    The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                    Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

                    Click here to read our detailed review


                    Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                    With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

                    Click here to read our detailed review


                    Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                    Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                    Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order