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How Long to Cook Turkey in Crock Pot

One thing about turkey recipes is that they’re always delicious, regardless of how you cook them. When you choose the slow cooking method in the crockpot, you give your turkey a chance to cook to a soft and deliciously succulent quality.

Also, because it has soaked up all the flavors from your ingredients, the turkey turns out so flavorful. All of these however depend on whether or not you’re following the right cooking instructions and timing guidelines.

In this article, we have provided the right instructions to follow when cooking turkey in a crockpot, as well as helpful tips to guide you to delicious results. We have also provided some helpful timing guidelines to ensure the best possible results with your recipe.

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How Long To Cook Turkey In Crock Pot

Tips for Cooking Turkey in Crock Pot

We have provided some helpful tips below to help you achieve the best results when cooking turkey in a crockpot:

Thaw your turkey – Before cooking, first make sure that your turkey has had enough time to defrost. Thawing whole turkeys take time. The amount of time it takes to defrost a turkey generally depends on its size; a turkey that would fit inside a 6-quart crockpot should take around 2 to 3 days to thaw completely in the refrigerator.

Ideal cooking time – When the internal temperature of your turkey reaches 165F/75C, the meal is ready. Slow cookers are quite tolerant, so there’s no need to worry about the cooking duration. What this means is that the turkey should still be moist even if you go an hour or two over. The meat may even fall apart a little when you remove it from the slow cooker, but it will definitely still be juicy. Attempting to save time by cooking your turkey on  HIGH is a bad idea and thus not recommended.

How to make ahead – Turkey is a really lean kind of meat, as such it’s best to cook it as close to serving time as feasible. If however, you need to make the turkey ahead of time, follow these easy steps:

  • Gently simmer the turkey without browning the skin.
  • Refrigerate the turkey overnight, covered, before bringing it to room temperature.
  • Then, cover it with cling wrap and cook it on LOW in the microwave for 3 minutes (there’s a high risk of drying out the turkey’s edges if you cook on HIGH).
  • Afterward, brown and crisp up the turkey’s skin as directed on the package.

The gravy (if you’re following our recipe) can also be prepared in advance and warmed in a saucepan or microwave.


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Cooking Time for Turkey in Crock Pot

The timing guidelines below are important to keep in mind when cooking turkey in a crock pot:

Cooking procedure Cooking time
Cooking turkey in a crockpot on LOW 5 to 6 hours
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How Long To Cook Turkey In Crock Pot

Juicy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast (8 to 10 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • 4 lbs of turkey breast (skin on, bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 onion (brown, yellow or white), unpeeled and cut in half
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (or 2 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves)

For the Rub:

For the Gravy:


  1. In a mixing dish, combine the components for the rub into a wet paste.
  2. Using paper towels, wipe the turkey dry all around. Slather on the rub, make sure you’re concentrating on the top and sides during the process.
  3. In the slow cooker, place the garlic, onion, and thyme face down. Lay the turkey breast on top, elevating it.
  4. Cook the turkey breast on LOW for 6 hours (avoid using high mode) or until an internal thermometer placed in the center reaches 165F/75C. If possible, check the interior temperature after 5 hours.
  5. Take the turkey out of the slow cooker and set it aside for 20 minutes before you crisp up the skin (do not leave it on the Warm setting).
  6. Preheat the grill/broiler to a high temperature.
  7. 30cm or1 foot away from the heat source, place an oven shelf.
  8. Transfer the turkey breast to a heat-proof serving bowl from the slow cooker.
  9. Put the bowl on the oven shelf, then broil the turkey for 3 to 5 minutes until its skin turns crispy. Keep a close eye on the turkey since it will brown quickly.
  10. Serve the turkey immediately with a serving of gravy.

To make the gravy:

  1. Squeeze the garlic and other seasonings ingredients into the liquid to extract as much flavor as possible. If you need more than 2 cups of the cooking liquid, pour chicken broth into your gravy. However, you should typically be able to get 2 cups of cooking liquid from a 4-pound turkey breast)
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Mix in the flour until everything is well combined. Pour ½ cup of the cooking liquid into the flour mixture and stir everything until a paste is formed. Slowly pour in the remaining liquid, stirring constantly. If necessary, use a whisk to smooth out the gravy. Simmer the mixture until it thickens; remove it from the heat before it reaches the desired thickness because it will thicken further.
  3. Season the gravy with salt and pepper to taste. Serve alongside the cooked turkey.

If you’ve been dissatisfied in the past with turkey recipes that resulted in bland-tasting exterior, dry meat, and subpar gravy, this Slow Cooker turkey recipe is exactly what you need to try. Just make sure to pay attention to all the instructions we have provided to guide you to great-tasting results.

Also, ensure to adhere to the timing guidelines as much as you can, but don’t worry if you cook for a bit longer, the results will still be juicy and delicious. If you’re interested in more recipe ideas for slow-cooked turkey in a crockpot, make sure to take a look at this video recipe we have suggested for you.