YEE-HAW! It’s a cow folk Thanksgiving with this Chipotle Smoked Turkey! Dan-O’s Chipotle offers a taste of the smoky west with a gentle heat that will tantalize and exhilarate your taste buds with every bite. The smoker will give this some robust flavor and keep that turkey juicy and plump. Once you’ve had this smoked bird, you’ll never want to roast one again.
It’s really easy to spatchcock a turkey. Begin by laying the turkey breast-side down, then with a sharp knife cut along the backbone to where you can remove it. Next, flip the turkey over and press down on the breastbone until it lies flat. Your bird should be butterflied and lying flat at this point. The reason we spatchcock is that it helps reduce the cooking time, and keeps everything at an even consistency during the smoking process.
A binder is something that’s used to help the seasoning cling to the meat, think of it as the glue that keeps the spice in place. Another term for binders is slather. You can use a variety of stuff as a binder, like we used Sriracha for ours on this Chipotle Smoked Turkey. We understand that this may add too much heat for some people, so here are some alternative binders.
You can always use a neutral oil, like canola, when smoking a turkey. We recommend staying away from olive oil or butter, mostly because this can create a smoke bomb and make the skin taste bitter rather than savory.
This really comes down to personal preference but we like to use some pecan and apple wood for our smoking. Some folks use hickory, or even oak. Ultimately it's up to you to decide what you think is best for the job. Remember experimentation is half the fun of cooking.