Crock Pot Turkey (A whole turkey)
|turkey or vegetable stock|
|1-9.5 lb.||turkey, fresh is best|
|dry rub or mixed herbs (see below)|
Not long ago when I was up at the Sunflower market, I treated myself to a piece of crock pot turkey. It was love at first bite! It was tender, juicy and fell apart like butter in my mouth!!! I have decided this Thanksgiving this is how I'm doing my turkey. The trick is to know how big a turkey to fit in your crock pot. You can also cut the turkey up and just do pieces too. I'm going to do a whole one. I have a 7 quart Kitchen Aid crock pot and I've read a 9.5 lb. turkey will just fit into that size crock. Times may vary depending on your crock pot. Mine is very fast, so I might be able to cook the whole thing in 4 hours. But check it and use the thermometer to make sure it reaches the right temperature so it doesn't over cook.
I thought I'd do this so those of you who want an easy way to do their Thanksgiving Turkey can use this method.
NOTE: It is recommended with this recipe that you put the dry rub or herbs on your turkey 24 hours before cooking to let the flavours get into the meat. Maybe even put some inside the cavity. If you use a bouquet garni that would be great for inside the turkey as well. You can also stuff this turkey if you wish. Some of the stuffing might leak into the pot but that would probably just add to the flavour.
AND REMEMBER TO START EARLY IN THE MORNING ON HIGH IF IT'S A BIG BIRD. CHECK THE TEMPERATURE PERIODICALLY WITH A MEAT THERMOMETER. 180'F IS YOUR GOAL TEMPERATURE. IF THIS IS DONE FASTER THEN ANTICIPATED JUST PUT ON LOW OR BUFFET SETTING IF YOU HAVE ONE.