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Size Turkey for a Medium Egg?

Greeting. How big of a Turkey can be cooked spatchcock on a Medium Egg? What about the conventional way of cooking the bird? I am thinking a 12 pounder should fit ok the regular way. I have had my Medium Egg for a bout 2 years and I don't remember what size turkey fits. Thanks!


  • Gulfcoastguy
    Gulfcoastguy Posts: 6,304
    edited November 2019
    I try not to go over 14 lbs. I did a 15 pounder once and it was bumping the sides. Tuesday of this week I did a 12 pounder. That was all spatchcocked. I have only done one non spatchcocked one and I believe it was 16 pounds.
  • xiphoid007
    Spatchcocked works best. You can actually cut the ends of the bones off of the legs to make more room. Closer to 12 will be better. I try to keep mine to no more than 14-16 lbs and I have a large. I like some room to brown the skin better. If you let the grill get up to temp, the heat radiated from the dome will help crisp the skin.
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • ptgraphics
    Thanks. Much appreciated. Not sure what way I will cook it yet. Do I wing it and go for Spatchcocked for Thanksgiving or play it safe? It's just my parents plus the 4 of us so I might just do something different. I did a spatchcocked chicken a few months ago and was surprised how fast it cooked. I placed a paver stone wrapped in aluminum foil on top of the chicken at the beginning of the cook to help press it down.  Can't remember if I went direct or indirect cooking though. Thanks. 
  • DrumMum
    Hi, all!  I have never posted.  But I bought a used Medium BGE in about Sep or Oct last year.  I used it to smoke a turkey last year....it barely fit in the Med BGE....I can't remember how big it was....probs at least 20#.  I haven't used it a lot.

    I just changed jobs, so now I'm an Over-The-Road trucker.  So I haven't really used since...probably Thanksgiving last year!!  I told my husband get two 12 pound turkeys.  He does a big one in the oven, and I do the smoker.

    Short story long, I've been on the road so long, didn't remember much about Egging....looked up Mickey's recipe, the one I used last year.  Husband got me an 18# turkey!  I basically dry rubbed turkey, prepared the egg....barely!  lol  Threw the turkey on the grate, direct heat.  It was done in a little over 2 hours.

    It was amazing!!!  Another big hit!!!   I just wanted to say how amazing this BGE is!   I'd prefer to do a little more planning, but I can't tell you easy this was!!
  • Gulfcoastguy
    A medium has been my only Egg for over ten years. But it is showing some wear so it will get a big brother by this time next year, Large for all of the available accessories.