by Mr. Smoke
I smoked two turkeys yesterday and want to freeze one of them to eat later. What's the best way of reheating previously smoked turkeys that have 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.
While the turkey is still warm from the smoker, separate the leg quarters, wings and breast section from the whole turkey. Wrap these tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil.
Pick all the meat you can from what remains of the carcass: the ribs and the back. This boneless meat is pure gold! It makes great sandwiches, or can be added to soups or rice, or pretty much anything you'd like to give a hint of smoky flavor.
Otherwise, pack the loose smoked turkey meat tightly into a plastic food storage container and freeze it along with the foil-wrapped pieces of turkey.
Heating a smoked turkey
Put the turkey in a cooking bag and heat it. That way it doesn't get dry. Stays nice and juicy!
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 a Turkey That's Been Frozen
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.
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.