Help! How do I butterfly a turkey?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by 2pinkmom, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. 2pinkmom

    2pinkmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    I dispatched two of our enormous BBB toms - one for us and one for a friend. They dressed out at about 35 pounds. Friend asked me if I could butterfly theirs for them. I remember trying this on a similarly gigantic turkey last year and getting grumpy and finally cutting it for parts like a chicken instead. An someone explain what to do? Pictures would be great but not essential. Am I cutting the backbone off and then slicing through the breastbone?
  2. litterbitt

    litterbitt Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2010
    West Central GA
    Do a search for "spatchcock" I believe that's what you're thinking of. I've done it with chickens, but it's gonna take some muscle to do the turkeys!
  3. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I watched this done on Food Network the other day, all he did was used a pair of sharp pruning shears and cut down both sides of the backbone and removed it..

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