by Mr. Smoke
I smoked two turkeys yesterday and want to freeze one of them to eat later. What's the best way to reheat a smoked turkey that's been frozen? By the way, if it helps, the turkey I froze weighed 11 pounds before it was smoked.
Can I use a crock pot?
I'd like to stick my smoked turkey in the crock pot to reheat.
If I added some water to the bottom and elevated it a little, would 4
hours on low get it warm enough? It will be thawed completely, not
It's best if the smoked turkey is disassembled before freezing, then wrapping the section in foil. The turkey will reheat more quickly and more evenly.
Heating a smoked tutkey
Put it in a cooking bag and heat that way it doesn't get dry
help was appreciated
I bought a smoked turkey breast thinking I could make a stir fry
out of it instead of chicken. But I thought that just reheating it
would be good also, but I didn't know any details as to how to reheat
it. I found this site and it answered 95% of my questions. Your site
talks about reheating a whole turkey while I only have a breast. I'll
just change the cooking time.
Thanks for the advice.
Sincerely, Ann from Illinois
Reheating Smoked and Frozen Turkey
The thing to remember about smoked turkey is that it's already cooked. It just needs to be warmed up. Here's how I reheat them.
Thaw the turkey in the fridge for 2 or 3 days. If it's not completely thawed before putting it in the oven, the outside of the bird will overcook while the inside is still cold.
Cover the turkey with foil. I wrap it in a layer of heavy duty foil. This will hold in moisture, and it also quickens the reheating process.
Place the thawed, foil wrapped turkey into a 275 degree Fahrenheit oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until the temperature of the thigh and breast is between 145 and 150 degrees. If it warms to over 150, it will start to dry out.
It's been my experience that a reheated smoked turkey loses some of the smoke flavor. If I know I'm going to freeze a turkey that I'm smoking, I give it a little extra smoke to compensate for the loss of smoke flavor from freezing and reheating.
If you didn't get the thigh temp up to 180 and the breast up to 170 when you smoked it, you will need to heat the turkey up to those temperatures when you reheat it, to be safe.
I just recently smoked a turkey. All of the reheated turkey tasted great and was still moist. I cooked my turkey for about 45 minutes a pound. It was a 14 pound turkey. Ended up cooking for about 11 hours before I got a 160 degree temperature inside. Turned out perfect. I cooked mine in a gas smoker. I checked my bird every couple hours and basted it with the juice that it dropped into the water pan. Best turkey I have ever tasted.
Smoked Turkey Heating
Separate the smoke turkey into sections. Drumsticks and thighs, breasts and wings. Heat the oven up to 325 for warming up the turkey. Put the smoked turkey in a pan, cover it with foil, and bake until it's warmed up, about 155 degrees.