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Will a 20lb turkey fit on a large if it is spatchcocked?

jls9595jls9595 Posts: 1,495
edited November 2013 in EggHead Forum
I would like to do it but not sure if I have the space.  I am in charge of the turkey this year for my wife's family Thanksgiving so I'm under some pressure.  I want the juiciest best tasting turkey ever!  Was thinking of brining and injecting(no salt in injection).  I am open to suggestions but I have always heard spatchcocked is a great method and less cooking time, not sure a bird that large will fit though.  I know Mickey doesn't brine or inject but I figure it cant hurt right?
In Manchester, TN
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  • tonyledtonyled Posts: 330
    edited November 2013
    19lb on my large

    http://i.imgur.com/M4pZJ.jpg

    i plan on doing a 20lb this year and dont expect any problems

    ooops just noticed  you said spatchcocked.  that might be tight.
  • tonyledtonyled Posts: 330
    edited November 2013
    double post
  • 15 pounder from last year. If you have a duel rack set up you could always do 2 smaller turkeys.
    Edina, MN

  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,866
    I did an 18 last year on an inverted v rack.

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,553
    @mickey fit this on the mini...
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  • jls9595jls9595 Posts: 1,495
    @henapple I don't doubt you haha.  I could do two 10lbers on different levels, how will that affect the cook?  May just forego the spatchcock and do it normal.
    In Manchester, TN
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  • New2QNew2Q Posts: 164
    henapple said:
    @mickey fit this on the mini…
    Man, she has some NICE breasts!
  • tonyledtonyled Posts: 330
    With a little time and lube anything can happen.
    my weekend motto!
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,553
    New2Q said:


    henapple said:

    @mickey fit this on the mini…

    Man, she has some NICE breasts!

    Helluva cavity... Like throwing a hotdog down a hallway.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,140
    One of my first cooks before I was accepted to the forum was a turkey with achiote based mixture under the skin.  That's a post I need to do for this forum, family recipe from SWMBO, its a life changing event.  Gravy is insane.

    Anyway, I did it breast down on a V rack at 350 until done.  We make good turkey anywho - this sold SWMBO and her parents on BGE. 

    I like to do chicken raised direct.  I don't think you could do that with turkey, it would need to be indirect.
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  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 1,559
    @sumoconnell - you need to show us that cook! Sounds amazing!
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,263
    I bet you could do it. It will cook down a bit as it goes. I like the much smaller birds (11/12 lbs) but hell, I would go for it spatchcocked.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Two_DownTwo_Down Posts: 51
    edited November 2013
    Funny you should ask - this is a 21 lb'er that I managed to squeeze on just last weekend...

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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    edited November 2013
    You can always spatchcock but cut it in half (halfcock?). I had to do that with my last big turkey since you can fit it in a little better or cook on different levels.
    Dunedin, FL
  • Two_Down - after pics?  Looks fantastic!
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  • This was the only picture I was able to find, and it wasn't even taken by me... I was off eating the missing part of this bird, I am sure.

    For this bird, I injected/rubbed and let it sit overnight, then put on a paste of butter/herbs.  Unfortunately, this was harder to spread on than I imagined and ended up removing more rub than adding butter/herbs.  OH well, still one of the best turkeys I have ever had, and ready in just about 2 hours, raised direct at about 400dF.

    image

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  • Two_Down said:
    This was the only picture I was able to find, and it wasn't even taken by me... I was off eating the missing part of this bird, I am sure.

    For this bird, I injected/rubbed and let it sit overnight, then put on a paste of butter/herbs.  Unfortunately, this was harder to spread on than I imagined and ended up removing more rub than adding butter/herbs.  OH well, still one of the best turkeys I have ever had, and ready in just about 2 hours, raised direct at about 400dF.

    image
    How much did this bird weigh?
    Brandon, MS
  • 21 lbs pre-cook weight, according to packaging.

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  • CGW1CGW1 Posts: 332
    I was curious if presenting a spatchcock turkey was appropriate for thanksgiving.  I've been meaning to try one but just haven't had the time yet.  Do many of you cook your turkeys this way for the holiday??
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,263
    CGW1 said:
    I was curious if presenting a spatchcock turkey was appropriate for thanksgiving.  I've been meaning to try one but just haven't had the time yet.  Do many of you cook your turkeys this way for the holiday??
    Have done for the past 5 Thanksgivings and not one word from 7 to 23 people at dinner.3 years ago my wife wanted to  do her traditional bird in the oven alone side of the spatchcocked. No spatchcocked left and lots of other bird left(felt sorry for her).
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • CGW1CGW1 Posts: 332
    Thanks Mickey....I wasn't sure if that method was holiday appropriate.  Glad to hear the family enjoys them.
    Franco Ceramic Grillworks www.ceramicgrillworks.com
  • I think a lot of it depends on your family/guests.  Some are more traditional than others and like to see things a certain way.  My family is usually pretty laid back and open to some experimenting.  But you can present spatchcocked birds fairly well, I think.  Don't let my picture fool you - this monster was just for me and my brother, so I didn't so much carve it as rip/tear as I went.

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    in Houston, TX

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,263
    @Two_Down why not put the paste of butter/herbs under the skin?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Honestly - laziness. The turkey had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days and it was really nearing the end of its safe use life.  I have been pretty busy with work and when I finally got down to prep the bird it was around 10:30 at night.  Took an hour plus just to cook/cool the injection, and when it came time to put on the paste, I realized I didn't have any softened butter.  I figured no biggie, I would rub it and then apply the paste next day before cooking.  Cook time rolls around the next day and I was in a rush so I just slathered it on the outside.  Next time I will go under skin.

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    in Houston, TX

  • CGW1CGW1 Posts: 332
    @two_down, I have a mix of both traditional and laid back....maybe I'll do 2 birds and see what happens.

    I like Mickey's question...why not apply the paste under the skin?
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,263
    Two_Down isn't that always the way it works out. :!!
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • CGW1CGW1 Posts: 332
    LOL yep!!
    Franco Ceramic Grillworks www.ceramicgrillworks.com
  • Sure seems to be lately.  I got a prime brisket to throw on this weekend and dropped some money at the liquor store, so hopefully work doesn't foul up my plans.

    2014 2015 2016 Texas Aggies - Here's to hoping....

    in Houston, TX

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,717
    Did a 20 lb turkey on my large last year...didn't spatch tho.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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