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Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey

Difficulty 4/5
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Prep time 4-24 hrs

Cook time 3 hrs
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Serves 8-12

Hardwood Maple

You’ve probably heard of spatchcock chicken, how it delivers hardwood smoke flavor to every nook and cranny, creating the juiciest meat and the crispiest skin imaginable. Go feast mode and get ready to take this method to bigger and better birds. Make turkey day epic with this technique.

Ingredients

Spatchcock Citrus Herb Turkey

1 qty. 10 to 13 lb. Turkey

1 large Onion, Cut into Eigths

4 stalks Celery, Roughly Chopped

4 large Carrots, Roughly Chopped

2 Bay Leaves

6 sprigs Thyme

1 to 2 cups Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock

Brine

1 cup Salt

1 cup Brown Sugar

2 Oranges, Quartered

2 Lemons, Quartered

6 sprigs Thyme

4 sprigs Rosemary

Herb Butter

2 sticks Butter, Softened

1 clove Garlic, Pressed or Minced

4 sprigs Thyme, Leaves Pulled Off Stems

1 tsp. Pepper, Freshly Ground

Preparation

For the Brine: Dissolve the salt and sugar in 2 gallons of cold water in a non-reactive container such as a clean bucket or large stockpot, or a clean, heavy-duty plastic garbage bag. Add the oranges, lemons, thyme, and rosemary.

Note: if you have a big turkey and need more brine than this, use 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup brown sugar for every gallon of water.

Remove the neck, giblets, and liver from the cavity of the turkey and reserve for the gravy. Rinse the turkey inside and out under cold running water.

Soak the turkey in the brine, covered and refrigerated, for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse well under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels, inside and out.

For the Herb Butter: Combine ingredients and mix together. Set aside until ready to use.

To spatchcock the turkey, begin by cutting out the backbone. Open the turkey by breaking the breastbone. Flatten the turkey, breast side up. Tuck the wings under the spatchcock.

Next, gently stick your hand under the skin, releasing it from the breast and creating a pocket. Stuff the herb butter evenly under the skin of each breast, creating a thick even layer.

In a roasting pan, place turkey on top of celery, carrot, onion, herbs, stock, and salt and pepper. Brush with oil, season with salt and pepper.

When ready to cook, set the temperature to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

Roast the turkey for 2-3 hours, or until the breast reaches an internal temperature of 160℉. The skin should be golden and crispy.

Let rest 20 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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