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Whole Smoked Turkey

A smoked whole turkey purchased from your grocer is fully cooked. It can be sliced cold or reheated before serving. If it is frozen, follow the easy thawing instructions below.

Thawing Instructions
Although it can be reheated from the frozen stage, for best results thawing the turkey is recommended. The best way to thaw a turkey is to leave it in its original bag, place it in a shallow pan or on a tray, and place it in the refrigerator for three to four days, and depending on the size, allow 4 to 5 hours per pound of turkey to completely thaw.

For a faster method, leave the bird in its original bag. Cover with COLD water 4 to 7 hours (about 30 minutes per pound). Or you can thaw it in the microwave oven. Remove the bag and plastic mesh from the turkey (no need to remove plastic leg clamp; it's microwave safe). Place the bird breast side down in a microwave-safe baking dish. Heat on medium (50% power) 5 minutes per pound, turning breast-side-up halfway through time. Let stand 10 minutes to finish thawing.

To Reheat Smoked Turkey
Microwave:   Remove bag and plastic mesh from the thawed turkey. Place the bird breast-side-up in microwave-safe baking dish. Heat on medium-high (70% power) 5 minutes per pound or until breast reaches 140°F. Rotate halfway through time. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.

Conventional oven:   Remove bag and plastic mesh. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place the bird breast-side-up on rack in a shallow pan. Heat about 6 to 8 minutes per pound if thawed or 10 to 12 minutes per pound if frozen, or until the breast reaches 140°F. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.

After reheating
Carve your smoked turkey just as you would any roasted whole turkey. Go to the "Carving Tips" section on this web site. Leftover smoked turkey may be used in most recipes calling for ham, and makes great sandwiches. The following recipes are delicious with smoked turkey. Go to the "Recipes" section on the web site for additional ideas.


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