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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey

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"Throw this together before work in your slow cooker, and come home to the smells of Thanksgiving! This could not be any easier. Just whip up a few side dishes and you're set!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 15 mins


  1. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain and crumble.
  2. Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray. Place turkey in the slow cooker. Season with garlic pepper. In a bowl, mix the bacon, gravy, flour, Worcestershire sauce, and sage. Pour over turkey in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover slow cooker, and cook turkey 8 hours on Low.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 22, 2008

I admit I was more interested in the concept of cooking a turkey breast in the slow cooker rather than the recipe itself, so I cooked mine with some minor changes. The amount of Worcestershire seemed excessive so I just used a few shakes. Didn't use flour, the sage, or the can of turkey gravy. I seasoned the breast with garlic pepper and a little poultry seasoning and laid a couple of bacon strips over the breast to help keep it moist and to flavor the gravy (I've always done this with my tradionally roasted turkey). Knowing that a lot of juices would be produced, I just threw in a portion of the bag of turkey gravy that came in the package. I found the stated cooking time WAY too long--I would think 6 hours on Low should me more than adequate, and next time I would check it even sooner. The turkey at 6-1/2 hours was cooked to a higher temperature than I would have preferred, but was still surprisingly moist. After I pulled the breast out to rest, I thickened up the gravy with a little cornstarch on the stovetop. The turkey was succulent and moist and sliced beautifully, and the gravy was rich and flavorful. This method will definitely be making a comeback.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 31, 2009

this is so great! no mess,and no fuss.

Nov 23, 2006

After putting two, almost nearly frozen 3lb. turkey breast my crockpot to cook all night, I had to jump on here this morning to rave about the result. This recipe is fantastic! We won't be eating the turkey until much later this afternoon, but I have to admit that I did sneak a few tastes as I sliced it up. Here's how I prepared mine. I put the two roasts in a large crockpot, opened up both gravy packets and dumped that over the roasts, then added one chopped vidalia onion and one bunch of chopped celery hearts...leaves and all...and a bay leaf. Then I sprinkled the tops of the roasts with crushed dried sage, thyme, salt, and cracked black pepper. I set this to cook on low...thought the roasts might take all night and most of today because they were almost completely frozen...I started this at 9:30 last night and by 7:30 this morning they were tender, very moist, and exceptionally savory. I did get up to baste the tops once during the night, but I don't think it was really necessary. This is the only way that I will ever prepare turkey from now on. This is a must-try recipe; it is OUTSTANDING!! Thank you so much for sharing this...can't wait for dinner later today.

Oct 14, 2005

IT WAS WONDERFUL! The only thing that I changed was half-way through the cooking time I added 1 1/2 cups of turkey broth to it (due to the comments reguarding dryness). It was moist and perfect. I added a little cornstarch and made a gravy with the juices in the pot.

Dec 25, 2006

Oh my gosh! This was fantastic! Best turkey I ever made. Super tender and juicy, falling off the bone, great flavor. And so easy! I did not have a can of turkey gravy, so I just put in the gravy packet that came with the turkey breast. I left the skin on, and I cooked longer than the recipe called for, about 11 hours, just because of timing for my Christmas Eve meal, but it would probably be fine timed as directed. I tied the breast with string as other reviewers have suggested and it looked beautiful coming out, nicely browned. When near serving time, I removed the breast from the crockpot and added about 2 cups of chicken broth to the drippings for gravy. I stirred a couple of tablespoons of flour into some broth and added that to the mix, and turned the crockpot to high to thicken. The result was an out-of-this-world gravy to go with the turkey. I am so pleased with this recipe. Can't wait for turkey sandwiches tomorrow! This is definitely a keeper, I'll be making it throughout the year.

Sep 13, 2006

I was worried because I didn't follow the recipe exactly (I used a 3 lb boneless butterball turkery, and used the gravy packet it came with instead of a can of gravy) I followed the cooking time exactly and rubbed with oil before putting it in the crockpot, and it turned out AMAZING! This is such a keeper! And so easy you could have Thanksgiving dinner at least once a month!

Dec 25, 2004

Great recipe. Had it today for Christmas Dinner along with ham. Most all made positive comments on how good it was. I will make this again. Didn't know which way to lay the breast in the cooker so I laid it on the side. Might put the bone side up next time to keep the breast meat in the juice. See the pictures.

Nov 28, 2005

Wonderful! I have cooked this twice now, and it has turned out better each time. One tip is to tie together with butchers string. My first breast slightly fell apart so I tied the second and it made a wonderful presentation. I also coated the bird breast in a mix of sage, rosemary, and basil and left it over night (after skinning.) It was HEAVENLY!


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  • Calories
  • 382 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 139 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 54.2 g
  • 108%
  • Sodium
  • 379 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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