Spicy Bulgogi BBQ Turkey Quarters

Korean-style grilled turkey that serves up a subtle punch of heat

by Perdue Farms Corporate Chefs  |  November 2020  |  Prep: 20 minutes  |  Marinate: 48 hours  |  Cook: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Sweet, spicy with an unbelievable crunch! That’s what you can expect from this creative take on a Thanksgiving classic. This original grilled turkey recipe, developed by Perdue Farms’ own corporate chefs, is inspired by West Coast food truck cuisine, specifically Korean BBQ.

Turkey is quartered, marinated for two days in an Asian-style brine and then grilled to perfection. A honey-, chili paste- and Sriracha-infused glaze caramelizes in the last few minutes of grilling time, creating a golden brown crust that's simply delectable. We suggest that you reserve some glaze as a dipping sauce and serve turkey with your favorite Asian-style sides.


  • 1 13-lb. Perdue Whole Turkey

  • Bulgogi Marinade

  • 1/4 cup Gochujang paste
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons (5 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 2 habanero peppers, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • Glaze

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup Gochujang paste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Step 1: Break Down Turkey

  1. Cut the back out of the turkey, similar to the Spatchcock method.

  2. Cut through the breast by taking the knife on either side of the keel bone in the center of the two lobes.

  3. Remove excess rib bones from the underside of the halves along with cutting between the back quarter and the front quarter to separate.

  4. Push down on meat with a Jaccard Meat tenderizer or kitchen fork to help separate the muscle fibers.

  5. Remove tips of wings. Reserve, along with the back and the neck, for a stock or gravy.

Step 2: Make the Marinade and Glaze

  1. Mince the garlic, ginger, green onions and habanero pepper. Note: Wear food gloves when handling the pepper.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

  3. Place turkey parts in a large food-safe zipper storage bag or container. Add marinade and distribute so all parts are well covered.

  4. Place turkey in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. To create the glaze, mix all ingredient together, blend well and reserve.

Step 3: Grill the Turkey

  1. Preheat the grill using all burners to 450 F.

  2. Remove turkey pieces from the marinade, one by one. Place each piece onto a square of aluminum foil and wrap loosely. Be sure to use a pan release spray so the skin does not stick to the foil.

  3. Create an indirect cooking area in the middle of the grill by by keeping burners on each end of grill lit and turn center burners off.

  4. Place the turkey, bone side down, on the indirect area of the grill.

  5. Close the lid and bring the temperature of the grill back up to 350 F. Maintain a consistent temperature by adjusting the two lit burners.

  6. Cook the turkey in the foil for an hour. Remove the foil and place turkey, skin side up, on the indirect area of the grill.

  7. When turkey reaches an internal temperature of 160 F, brush glaze on turkey.

  8. Continue cooking, brushing turkey with glaze periodically, until the internal temperature of turkey reaches 170 F.

  9. Remove turkey from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.


A Versatile Recipe

You can serve this dish for the holidays or any occasion when you’re in the mood to grill. What should you do with the leftover turkey? We suggest Korean-style tacos.

Korean Tacos Recipe

Shred cooked turkey. Place a portion in a warmed flour or corn tortilla, drizzle with reserved glaze and top with Asian-style slaw, kimchi and a cilantro crema.


Korean-Style Sides

Pair this sweet and spicy turkey with sides that might be served at an Asian restaurant. Suggestions include:

  • Cabbage slaw
  • Rice cakes
  • Fried rice
  • Pickled cucumbers

To Customize the Recipe

Reserve some glaze that guests can drizzle over turkey. For a spicier turkey, add cayenne pepper, hot sauce or other condiment to the glaze.

Meet the Perdue Farms Corporate Culinary Team

Chef Chris Moyer, CEC, CRC, and Chef Shawn Reese, CEC, CRC, bring decades of combined culinary experience to their roles at Perdue Farms. Day to day, the chefs contribute to recipe development, culinary ideation and all culinary aspects of the company business. Along with keeping a close eye on emerging trends, new flavors and innovations in the industry, Chefs Chris and Shawn are involved in food photography for Perduefarms.com and head up planning and preparation of meals for both internal corporate functions and external consumer-focused events. The duo represents Perdue Farms and its brands at food shows across the country and remain 100% focused on a positive consumer experience with Perdue Farms products. "We truly love what we do," they say, "and it is exciting to be in an environment that allows us the freedom to be innovative." LEARN MORE