Bourbon-Brined Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey

Bourbon-Brined Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey

A spatchcocked turkey is often called a butterflied turkey. Whatever you call it, this is a great way to cook the turkey (or chicken) so the whole bird comes out moist and delicious. Let’s hear it for Bourbon-Brined Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey.


1 12-14 lb whole turkey, thawed and spatchcocked
Big Green Egg Savory Pecan Seasoning
Smoking wood chips or chunks – we suggest pecan, cherry, or apple as their milder flavors complement poultry


At least 12 hours and up to 24 hours before you plan to cook, put the turkey in the brine and weigh it down to keep it completely submerged. Refrigerate until needed.

Remove the turkey from the brine. Pat the turkey with paper towels to dry; season liberally with Big Green Egg Savory Pecan Seasoning and place into the refrigerator for three-four hours.

Set the Big Green Egg for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 350°F. Prior to placing the turkey on the EGG, add the smoking wood chips or chunks.

Place turkey, bone-side down, on the EGG and close, keeping the temperature steady at 350°F. Smoke the turkey until the internal temperature reads 165°F (will likely take around two hours for a 14-pound bird). Remove the turkey from the EGG and cover with foil. Let rest for about 30 minutes. Slice and serve.

Brine Ingredients

4 quarts of hot water
1½ cups kosher salt
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 cup bourbon
2 oranges, cut into quarters
1 lemon, cut into quarters
⅓ cup whole peppercorns
10 whole garlic cloves
2 dried bay leaves

Brine Instructions

One day before the cook, make the brine. In a deep container, combine all of the brine ingredients. Mix well until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Place in the refrigerator for at least four hours until well chilled. Use immediately or keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg.