How to Heat a Whole Smoked Turkey


The benefit of a smoked turkey is that the bird does not require cooking. When you purchase a smoked whole turkey, you have a completely cooked turkey that is essentially ready to eat. Although some people eat smoked turkey cold, you may prefer warming it before serving. You can heat a whole smoked turkey gently in the oven before serving it for a special meal. The simplicity of preparing smoked turkey may allow you to focus your energy on other parts of the meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Roaster pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Digital meat thermometer (instant read)
  • Remove the turkey from its packaging. If the turkey is enclosed in netting, snip this off before warming the turkey.

  • Place the turkey into the roaster pan with the breast facing up. Pour 1/4-cup water into the bottom of the pan to keep the meat moist.

  • Cover the turkey with aluminum foil by spreading a large sheet over the entire roaster pan and sealing it around the edges.

  • Place the turkey into a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven and plan to warm the turkey for between 10 and 15 minutes per pound. For example, if you have a 12 pound turkey, you will need to warm it for between two and three hours.

  • Check the internal temperature of the turkey after warming it for about 1 1/2 hours by inserting the meat thermometer into the breast. Remove the turkey from the oven when the thermometer reads 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carve the turkey in the usual fashion after warming it.
  • Do not warm the turkey past 120 degrees Fahrenheit or it may dry out.

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