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Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe

posted by Julie Evink on November 2, 2015

Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe ~ The Most Amazing Turkey EVER! Easy, Delicious, Flavorful and Moist Turkey that is Baked in the Oven then Slow Cooked the Day You Serve it! This is the ONLY Turkey Recipe You Need!

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Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe ~ The Most Amazing Turkey EVER! Easy, Delicious, Flavorful and Moist Turkey that is Baked in the Oven then Slow Cooked the Day You Serve it! This is the ONLY Turkey Recipe You Need!

I have a confession to make. You are looking at my very first turkey!

Yes, that’s right. I’m a food blogger and I’ve never made a turkey before. Kind of crazy, huh? I was always afraid my turkey would turn out like one of those dry, rubbery ones that every person fears at the holidays. You know that moment it comes time to load your plate with turkey and you are left going, to dig in or to go lightly? I want to dig in but yet, what if it’s dry and I have to gag it down or smother it in gravy? It’s pretty much the biggest guessing game ever.

Here’s the deal. If you go to my Thanksgiving and I’ve made the turkey you better dig in! My turkey is plump, juicy and mouthwatering. If you are also scared of making the turkey for Thanksgiving then I assure you that your fears are valid but I have the answer for you! This way of making turkey will have everyone signing you up for bringing the turkey or hosting the holidays every year. Maybe you don’t want to make the turkey so you can avoid that possibility!

Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe ~ The Most Amazing Turkey EVER! Easy, Delicious, Flavorful and Moist Turkey that is Baked in the Oven then Slow Cooked the Day You Serve it! This is the ONLY Turkey Recipe You Need!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Obviously, when in doubt you go to Mom for her turkey recipe, right? That’s exactly what I did. I knew I loved her turkey and I can pretty much say it’s the only turkey I love. The other reason I knew to use her method is because you actually can make it a day or two ahead of time, warm it in the crock pot the day of the holiday while you are relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine looking like the rock star you are!

That’s right. You can relax during the holiday with this delicious turkey!

You bake it in the oven a day or two ahead of time, carve it and then put it in your crock pot insert with broth and then the day of the holiday you just pull it out and warm it up. So easy, so stress free and so delicious! You’re actually getting excited about making the turkey aren’t you? I knew it!

Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe ~ The Most Amazing Turkey EVER! Easy, Delicious, Flavorful and Moist Turkey that is Baked in the Oven then Slow Cooked the Day You Serve it! This is the ONLY Turkey Recipe You Need!

Ok, let’s talk about another dreaded part of making the turkey. It’s called carving the turkey. I dread that part too. Obviously I used to just dread the whole thing so I never did it! Not any more! Can you tell I am so excited about this I kind of want to scream from the rooftop and tell everyone they need to make their turkey this way this year? If not, that’s exactly what I want to do!

So let’s talk carving. That was even simple with my favorite new secret weapon. Plus, when you make it ahead of time no one is standing in your kitchen watching you! So that’s pretty cool too.

Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe ~ The Most Amazing Turkey EVER! Easy, Delicious, Flavorful and Moist Turkey that is Baked in the Oven then Slow Cooked the Day You Serve it! This is the ONLY Turkey Recipe You Need!

Want to know my secret weapon? It’s called LifeLong Cutlery. Time for another confession of mine. I have never owned a set of good knives and I’ve been longing for a set forever. In fact I told my mom she needed to put in her Will that I got her knives. Not anymore! I have my very own amazing knives. Plus, they are gorgeous. I pretty much want to put a spotlight on them and let everyone gaze at them when they come over. The handles have my last name engraved on them and the knife blade has “Julie’s Eats & Treats” engraved on it. So perfect and special. They made carving my turkey a breeze. Honestly. Amazing.

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If you are thinking ahead to Christmas and looking for something super special I HIGHLY recommend LifeLong Cutlery knives as a gift. They are amazing!

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Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey Recipe

Serves 12 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 lb) turkey (1 lb per person)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Oven Bag
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans 99% fat-free all natural chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Remove the giblets from the turkey, wash and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl mix together butter, salt and pepper. Brush mixture on turkey.
  3. Prepare bag according to directions. Place turkey inside and bake according to directions on the box the bag came in.
  4. Remove from oven and let set 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Carve turkey and put in air tight container. Refrigerator turkey.
  5. The day you would like to serve turkey place it in 6 quart slow cooker. Pour broth over turkey and bake on low for 3-4 hours or until turkey is heated through.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 669kcal Calories from fat 249
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 332mg111%
Sodium 977mg41%
Carbohydrate 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 98g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

*I received a set of knives from LifeLong Cutlery, but as always my opinions are my own!

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    Comments

  • Danielle | The Creative Bite


    I’m thinking I seriously need to try this method if I host Thanksgiving this year. There is just too much to do on the big day, this would make life soooo much easier!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary


    I’m pretty sure I’m weird because I love roasting and carving turkey! There is some sort of pleasure in watching everyone’s eyes light up at the sight of big bird being carved 😉 But im loving this crock pot turkey! I’ve never seen a turkey cooked like this before, and it’s pretty gosh darn clever! Plus if you are having a huge gathering for the big day, this would be perfect! Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!!

  • Malinda @ Countryside Cravings


    Great idea for cooking the turkey!! There are a lot of things I have yet to go outside of my box and make 🙂 And I love those knives, beautiful!

  • Kelly


    This turkey looks perfect! I love the idea of warming it up in the slow cooker! Anything to make the big day easier. Those knives are gorgeous too 🙂

  • Jean


    Haven’t tried this yet, but my problem would be that there would be no nice brown skin which my family loves. From the looks of it the turkey does not brown when cooked in a plastic bag. Also, what about gravy? If turkey doesn’t brown then neither does the gravy. Doesn’t sound too appealing to me.

    • Julie Evink


      Jean, The skin is very nice and brown and if you like it browner you can always take it out of the bag and broil it a little at the end. I actually have a gravy recipe that I made from the drippings that was fabulous and I’m posting that next week. This turkey is an EXCELLENT and EASY option for a lot of cooks out there that get overwhelmed with the idea of making a turkey. If you prefer a different method of baking a turkey then please go ahead and stick with that method of course.

  • Maggie


    I’m really excited about this method for my Thanksgiving get together. I only have one question. What is the broth made of? Is it just turkey broth, or do you add onion, celery, garlic or other seasonings to enhance the broth? Also how do you make your gravy?

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