The Fastest, Easiest, Juiciest Turkey-Cooking Method is Spatchcocking. Because Jesus Loves Us.

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Mark Bittman’s Spatchcocked Turkey. Want to know how to spatchcock the heck out of a bird? See Mr. Bittman’s tutorial on The New York Times here.

I read an article in The New York Times on how to roast a turkey in 45 minutes.

FORTY FIVE MINUTES, friends, to cook a 12+ pound bird.

Not only that, but this method results in tastier, juicier, more evenly cooked meat with crisper skin.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to pee some days. I don’t have time to brush my teeth, much less my hair. I don’t have time to stop or breathe or finish a cup of coffee while it’s hot. So a Thanksgiving turkey roasting method that cuts cooking time by 75% AND is more delicious?? THAT IS THE COOKING METHOD FOR ME, folks. That makes an actual difference in my life.

And then I found out this cooking method is called … wait for it … spatchcocking.

Spatchcocking.

Spatch. Cocking.

And do you know why it’s called spatchcocking?

Because Jesus loves us. Or because someone was drinking. But probably because Jesus loves us. That’s why. And Jesus is not content to simply give good gifts like a faster bird-cooking time. Nope; that’s not enough. Jesus is EXTRAVAGANT, y’all. Excessive. And Jesus knows the only thing better than fast turkey is making sure it’s got a name like spatchcocking.

Spatchcocking.

Spatchcockery.

So we can spend Thanksgiving getting up to our usual spatchcock shenanigans, formerly known as tom-foolery.

Spatchcock-enanigans.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, American friends, I’ve decided I’m as aspiring spatchcocker.

Spatchcocking is for me.

Spatchcocking, after all, is fast, easy and juicy, and who doesn’t like fast, easy and juicy? No one. No one is who. No one doesn’t like fast, easy and juicy.

SPATCHCOCKING ALL AROUND.

Look. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life or Do Things a Better Way. This is not that blog. I’m just saying if you’re not spatchcocking… if you’re not a spatchcocker… if you’re not, you know, totally into spatchcockery… you’re probably ruining Thanksgiving. And America.

The End

P.S. While the breasts are fully exposed with any turkey-cooking method, the spatchcocked bird allows heat to be evenly distributed to all parts, meaning spatchcocking results in breasts, thighs and legs that finish at the same time. Simultaneous finishes, folks! Which is, after all, the goal.

P.P.S. I contacted my dad, my usual turkey-roaster, and informed him that he would be spatchcocking this year. He wasn’t sure he ought to discuss spatchcocking with his daughter, but eventually came around enough to ask if I thought he could spatchcock on a rack. “Do you think I can spatchcock on a rack?” he asked. I politely but firmly informed him that, while I’m generally a proponent of open communication and discussing things as a family, I draw the line at deciding for him exactly where he ought to spatchcock.

P.P.P.S. I’ve since discovered that a rack is, in fact, ideal for spatchcocking.

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
9 comments
  1. FYI, thanks to you, Beth, I just went out and bought my first Turkey, so that I may Spatchcock it!!! No, no, it’s not Thanksgiving anymore, but that’s OK! I’m 30, and have never cooked a turkey, the conventional way, for fear of screwing it up! This sounds unscrew-up-able! Thank you! Plus I just REALLY, REALLY want to see the look on everyone’s face when I say I say I spatchcocked the bird 🙂

  2. I like the *idea* of it. And love blurting out “SPATCHCOCK!” (hang on while I teach my computer that spatchcock is a word, as are spatchcocks, spatchcockers and spatchcockies)

    Okay, back.

    But everyone knows that the stuffing that’s cooked inside the bird is the best stuff. I’m trying to figure out a way to do that AND do the turkey sans backbone. Yesterday’s turkey was the traditional roasted thing… everyone said it tasted great. I wouldn’t know. I’m allergic to turkey.

  3. I was laughing out loud, as is so often the case when I read your posts, Lovely Beth, but this one…this one, I HAD to read aloud to my husband. He then joined me in laughing out loud, and proclaimed, “Ever since I heard Alton Brown talk about spatchcocking, I’ve wanted to try it!” This year, we’ll be up to our own spatchcockery, thanks to your timely post. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Somehow I feel so dirty.

  5. Now I want to buy a turkey just so that I can spatchcock it.

  6. Yay! I will be spending the next two (at least) Thanksgivings in China, so I will be roasting my own turkey. Spatchcocking seems like it will be just the thing to relieve the anxiety and homesickness. Spatchcocking. Spatchcocking. “Hey, Mom! Oh, not much, just spatchcocking a turkey…” Yeah…. Good times!

  7. Oh, my! I have never heard of this, but I just might try it for this year’s turkey.

    And this was like an early Christmas present for you, wasn’t it? 😉

  8. I can totally tell I’m going to love me some spatchcocking! My husband asked what I was reading, and once I said, “It’s from the lady who pooped her closet!” he had to hear too. Thanks for improving our Thanksgiving! 🙂

  9. I always called that method butterflying. Spatchcocking is better.

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