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Sweet Thai Chili Glazed Turkey

  • By Pam Langord

Sweet Thai Chili Glazed Turkey

Turkeys aren't always for Thanksgiving. We try to grab an extra bird for the freezer for later. I spatchcocked the turkey and cooked it on the grill. Came out great and honestly blew my parents away as a brand new way to enjoy turkey. Great for a crowd or summer barbeque.
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Prep Time: 1 day


  • 1 10 lb. turkey backbone removed, turkey split in half
  • kosher salt
  • garlic powder
  • ground black pepper

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 4 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fish sauce


  • Sweet Thai Chili BBQ Turkey
  • Remove backbone from turkey using a pair of kitchen shears. This is much easier done with shears as opposed to scissors. If you’re not sure how to do it, see my video here. Using the same sheers, cut the turkey in half along the breast bone. This will allow the turkey to cook much more evenly than a whole turkey, makes for a beautiful presentation, and is infinitely easier to carve.
  • Place turkey on a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet. Dry off the turkey with paper towels to get as much moisture off the skin as possible. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and return to the refrigerator overnight. The salt pulls more moisture out of the skin and helps achieve that crispy texture we love.
  • Place turkey on countertop and light grill, setting up for indirect heat. Preheat grill temperature to 225°F.
  • Once the grill is preheated, place a reliable leave-in thermometer in the thickest portion of the breast and place turkey on the grill. Close the lid and allow the turkey to cook until the internal temperature reaches 110°F in the breast.
  • While turkey is cooking, add 2 cups cider vinegar to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once vinegar starts to boil, reduce heat to low and whisk in remaining ingredients for the glaze. Continue to simner glaze until reduced to syrupy consistency. Divide glaze in half and set aside.
  • When the turkey reaches 110°F internal temperature, increase grill temperature to 350°F. Using a hi-temp silicone glazing brush, coat the entire surface of the turkey with glaze. Reapply the glaze every 15 minutes till the turkey reaches 155° – 160°F internal temperature.
  • Remove turkey, tent with foil, and let rest until the internal temperature of the turkey has reached 165°F as read on your leave-in thermometer.
  • Slice and serve with the remaining half of the glaze to be used as a dipping sauce for the turkey.