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smoked spatchcock turkey

Cajun Smoked Spatchcock Turkey Recipe

  • Author: Patrick
  • Total Time: 26 hours, 30 minutes


Tender, juicy, and wonderfully smoky, this Cajun-smoked spatchcock turkey recipe makes the best turkey! You can make this spatchcocked turkey on your Traeger pellet grill or even on a gas grill by adding a smoking cylinder.


Units Scale
  • 1214-pound spatchcocked turkey
  • 1 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 8 quarts fresh water
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns
  • 4 leaves dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cajun for seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt


  1. Mix all the brine ingredients and cajun seasoning ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir continuously until the brown sugar and kosher salt are dissolved.
  2. Put your thawed turkey in the mixture, cover loosely, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. Remove the bird from the brine and use a paper towel to pat dry the turkey on the cutting board.
  4. The next step is to spatchcock the turkey. Place the turkey on a large cutting board, with the breast side facing down and the spine facing you. Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to slice along the spine. Cut along the other side to remove the backbone.
  5. After removing the backbone, turn the bird over and press down firmly on the turkey breasts to flatten the bird for more even cooking.
  6. Preheat the smoker to 225°F – 275°F using apple, cherry, hickory, pecan, or oak wood pellets for your desired smoke flavor.
  7. Put the seasoned turkey on your preheated smoker, turkey breast side up.
  8. Stick a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the smoked turkey breast, close the lid, and start smoking.
  9. Continue to cook until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the turkey breast reaches 165 degrees F, and the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 175°F.
  10. Remove from the heat and allow the turkey to rest for 20 minutes to lock in moisture.
  11. Carve and then serve with your favorite sides!
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • Serving Size: 6 ounces
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 6.9g
  • Sodium: 2040mg
  • Fat: 5.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 23.1g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg