Basically, spatchcocking is removing the backbone so the turkey can be laid flat for cooking. This is accomplished with poultry shears and looks like this:
It looks like it takes a bit of elbow grease, but not that much. After you cut out the backbone, you turn over the bird and press on the breast to flatten it out like this:
I always like to put a rub on my turkey before cooking it and it was always kind of a pain to get it on the side and back. With a flat turkey, it would be so much easier! Just brush it with butter or olive oil and sprinkle the rub on and work it in. This is the rub I make:
For a detailed tutorial on how to spatchcock and cook your turkey, below is a video:
I want to wish you all a great and very happy Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend!
Image credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FnIbxvLBLw