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Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey

Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey

By Traeger Kitchen

Maximize the wood-fired flavor and enjoy the juiciest, crispiest bird you’ve ever had with this recipe.

Prep Time

1 Hr

Cook Time

3 Hr




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurment:
1 Cup salt
1 Cup brown sugar
2 oranges, quartered
2 lemons, quartered
6 Sprig fresh thyme
4 Sprig fresh rosemary
1 (10-13 lb) turkey
1 Large onion, cut into eighths
4 Stalk celery, finely chopped
4 Large carrot, roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
6 Sprig fresh thyme
As Needed extra-virgin olive oil
2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
2 Cup chicken or turkey stock, preferably homemade
Herb Butter
2 Stick butter, softened
1 Clove garlic, pressed or minced
4 Sprig thyme, leaves pulled
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1

    For the Brine: Dissolve the salt and sugar in 2 gallons of cold water in a large 5 gallon bucket or clean cooler. Add the oranges, lemons, thyme and rosemary. Note: if you have a big turkey and need more brine than this, use 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup brown sugar for every gallon of water.

  • 2

    Remove the neck, giblets and liver from the cavity of the turkey and reserve for the gravy. Rinse the turkey inside and out under cold running water.

  • 3

    Place the turkey in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, and up to 24 hours.

  • 4

    Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse well under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels, inside and out.

  • 5

    For the Herb Butter: Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Set aside until ready to use.

  • 6

    To spatchcock the turkey, begin by cutting out the backbone. Open the turkey by breaking the breastbone. Flatten the turkey, breast side up, then tuck the wings under the spatchcock.

  • 7

    Next, gently stick your hand under the skin, releasing it from the breast and creating a pocket. Stuff the herb butter evenly under the skin of each breast, creating a thick even layer.

  • 8

    In a roasting pan, place turkey on top of celery, carrot, onion, herbs, stock, salt and pepper. Brush with oil, then season with salt and pepper.

  • 9

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 10

    Roast the turkey for 2 to 3 hours or until the breast reaches an internal temperature of 160℉. The skin should be golden and crispy.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

    160 ˚F / 71 ˚C

  • 11

    Let rest 20 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

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