504 Main by Holly Lefevre: How to Cook a Turkey in a Slow Cooker
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Cook a Turkey in a Slow Cooker

I made my first ever turkey!
  To me, cooking a turkey meant getting up early, gross bird stuff all over,
and hours and hours of cooking for it to still not be done.
I always put my husband on "bird duty."
But no more! I did it!I am like a grown up now!
How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker by 504 Main

I grabbed my slow cooker...and the turkey was perfect!
My husband even agreed (he's a tough cookie!)
Then I made Turkey and Cranberry Tamales with that turkey...
but that is beside the point,
cooking a turkey in a slow cooker is way too easy!

How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker by 504 Main

  • Frozen Turkey Breast  or a small turkey (thawed in the refrigerator for 24+ hours and cleaned) - mine was about 8 lbs.
  • Slow Cooker (big enough for the turkey or a bird small enough for your slow cooker). Specifically I own a Hamilton Beach 7 Quart Stay or Go Slow Cooker
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 couple teaspoons (or to your liking) Herbs de Provence*
*NOTE: You can change up the seasonings very easily to suit your tastes!
How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker by 504 Main
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This is all I did to cook it....
  • Place the prepared (thawed and washed) turkey in the slow cooker.
  • Add 1 cup water
  • Drizzle the honey all over .
  • Sprinkle the herbs heavily (either what I mentioned above of your choice) all over the top of the turkey.*
  • Put the lid down/on.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high and let it be. I cooked mine for 4.5-5 hours. Just check in with your turkey, depending on the size it may cook quicker or take longer.
How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker by 504 Main

That's it...
My first turkey!
Cooked all by myself!

Have you ever tried this?
This breast gave us enough for a couple meals, soup and Turkey and Cranberry Tamales!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving????
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


  1. Hey Holly! no, I don't "do" turkey cooking. My MIL does the meat and dressing, while her "kids" all bring a different side dish. I also don't really like the handling of the "big bird", so I'm really glad you posted this super easy and convenient alternate way to cook one. I think I'll start with one of those turkey breasts. Again, thanks for sharing your idea!

  2. Adding the honey and the herbs sound awesome Holly! Pinning because although I do a mean roasted turkey, making a smaller bird during the rest of the year would be perfect! And, I'm pinning the tamale recipe too!


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