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Turkey Day Recipe


It was an honor to be invited to smoke a turkey alongside Eric Gephart Official Culinary Officer for the Kamado Grille in Raleigh.   What a chef and an operation.  If you haven’t been there it is a “must see” on your bucket list of Raleigh restaurants. Great food, atmosphere and just great people.  All their cooking is done on Kamado style grills right down to the deserts!! 

Visit them at 832 Springfield Commons Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609, and tell them GrillBillies sent you.

OK, back to our turkey experience.  Chef Eric used a 12lb. Butterball turkey.  The night before he spatchcocked the bird, injected it with our Butcher Bird Booster Original and seasoned it.  The next day he got his Kamado Grill going, threw in a piece of sugar maple wood,  injected the bird with melted butter and immediately put it on the grill. Grill temp was set at 325 .  1.75 hours later we were served a delicious and succulent turkey like no other.  Thank you Chef!

Note: You do not have to own a smoker for this recipe.  You can achieve the same results on a gas or charcoal grill or in the oven.

Yield: 8 servings                Prep Time: 30 minutes            Cook Time: 1.75 to 2.0 hours

1 (12 lb.) whole turkey (spatchcocked)

1 (2″x 3″) piece of sugar maple wood (apple and peach also work well)

1/4 cup of Butcher Bird Booster

2 cups of water

1/4 lb. unsalted butter

1 tbsp Kosher salt

1 tbsp Smokin Guns Hot

1 tbsp Cimarron Doc’s Sweet Rib Rub

1 tbsp Big Bob Gibson Rub

A note about injecting-

Have the legs facing away from you.  Inject from front to back with the grain of the meat.  Inject each breast evenly in 3 places.  You will see the breast rise as you inject.  Inject each thigh twice and inject the legs once or twice.  Do the same with the butter.

Season both sides of the bird.

 Place on the grill skin side up.