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

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    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

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    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

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    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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