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The Easiest Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey Recipe

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This Thanksgiving, make a spatchcock turkey.

“If you are looking for a fast and reliable way to cook a turkey (even a large one), the spatchcock is the perfect solution,” says Nicole Johnson of “With this method, you use kitchen scissors to slice off the spine and flatten the bird. This allows for more even cooking and is much faster than the traditional whole turkey method.”


Johnson makes this recipe on an outdoor pellet grill (aka a pellet smoker or a Traeger for the popular maker of these grills), but you can also make it in an oven with the same directions.

Traeger Spatchcock Smoked Turkey Recipe

by Nicole Johnson from

Makes: 12 servings

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1h15


13 to 15 pounds of whole turkey

½ cup of melted oil or butter

¼ cup Traeger Chicken Sauce (or your favorite poultry sauce)

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of rubbed sage



  1. Preheat your Traeger to a high temperature, following the factory instructions. (Ideally this should be between 400 and 450 ° F.)
  2. Place the bird chest side down with the legs facing you and cut both sides of the spine through the ribs to remove the spine.
  3. Turn the turkey over, season well on both sides with all the ingredients and place the skin side up on your preheated grill. You can also place it in a saucepan if you want to collect the cooking juices.
  4. Grill over high heat for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 for the remaining 45 minutes.
  5. Check your turkey at around 60 minutes as it may already be done, depending on the size of your bird! You want it to be 165 ° F no matter where you test it. Always cook at temperature and never on time. The weather is only a rough indicator here, so check the temperature early and relatively often as it gets closer. A Wi-Fi thermometer or a meat thermometer can help you measure the internal temperature of the turkey.
  6. Remove from the grill, let stand 15-20 minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.

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