Crock Pot Turkey Recipe

11/13/2012. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Did you know you can cook an entire turkey in the Crock Pot?  I usually do this a few times a year and the turkey comes out perfectly cooked and juicy every time.  (Or so I am told since I am a vegetarian.)  This won’t give you crispy skin on your bird but for a quick dinner you really can’t beat this.

I find a turkey dinner to be incredibly comforting in the fall and the nice thing is that turkey is so reasonably priced right now.  Plus it tends to go on clearance after the holidays so why not have roasted turkey for a regular dinner.  I got a 9lb turkey for $5.99 recently- so that was enough for a full dinner plus several lunches during the week.

The only trick here is that you want to make sure you get a turkey that will fit in your Crock Pot.  I have a great big crock pot so we just did a 9lb turkey recently and it was just fine.  I tend to prefer the smaller ones though because those are easier to cook.

Here is what you need to do:

  • The best thing is to let the turkey defrost in your fridge.  I gave mine 2 full days to defrost by placing it in a large dish (to catch the juices) and just putting it in the fridge.   (Rule of thumb is 24 hrs for every 5lbs)
  • My turkey was 9lbs and it took about 6 hours on high in the crock pot. This time will vary depending on how big your bird- a 5lb turkey would probably be about 8 hours on low.
  • I used a turkey marinade but you can use a cup of chicken or vegetable broth (or 2 cups for a larger bird) and rub the turkey down with some butter, salt and pepper.  Pop him in the crock and that is that.  Some people like to use Lipton Onion Mix as a dry rub so that is another option or any herbed sea salt would be easy.  You can toss fresh herbs in with him and lemon too if that floats your boat.
  • It is important to use a meat thermometer and make sure he gets to 180 °.  That is when you know you are done.

Pick up him and let rest for just a few minutes.  The meat really almost falls off the bone.  You will still have roasting juices at the bottom of the crock to make your gravy.

Here are some other fun things you can make in a crock pot:



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