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Dry Rub Spatchcock Turkey

  • 10 Servings
  • 30 mins Prep Time
  • Will vary Total Time


For The Rub

  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

For The Gravy

  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cups low-sodium turkey or chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Serving Size 3 oz. cooked turkey and 3 TB gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155
Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a wire rack with non-stick spray and place over a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, mix spices together and set aside. Remove giblets and any other parts from inside of the turkey and set aside.
  • Step 3

    Place turkey on a large, plastic cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel. Make sure your cutting board is dry during this process.
  • Step 4

    Place turkey breast side down onto the cutting board. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone. Then, cut along the other side of the breast to completely remove the backbone. Set aside.
  • Step 5

    Turn the turkey over and press down hard with both hands onto the center of the breastbone until you hear and feel the bone crack.
  • Step 6

    Turn the turkey over. Using your index finger, gently press between the skin of the turkey and the meat. Wiggle your finger from side to side and cut away extra fat as needed. Do not tear the skin. Be sure to push your fingers down to separate the skin from the thigh and drumstick.
  • Step 7

    Spoon some of the spice rub under the skin and distribute evenly over the turkey. Turn the turkey over, and repeat underneath. Distribute remaining spice rub onto the outside of the turkey.
  • Step 8

    Place the turkey on the baking rack. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165°F.
  • Step 9

    Remove the turkey from the oven and carefully place on a heat-resistant surface. Tent with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Step 10

    While turkey is resting, place baking sheet (without wire rack) onto your stovetop. This will cover two burners.
  • Step 11

    Turn heat to medium high. Add brandy and scrape off all the bits on the bottom of the baking sheet. Turn off the heat, and pour into a fat separator.
  • Step 12

    In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the turkey or chicken broth with cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Step 13

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together broth and brandy sauce from the fat separator (minus the fat).
  • Step 14

    Whisk in cornstarch mixture, salt and pepper. Whisk constantly until gravy has thickened slightly. Be sure to add any drippings from the cutting board into the gravy.

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