I (CHRIS) HAVE NOT YET TRIED THIS! A FRIEND SUGGESTED THE CROCK POT IDEA. I HAVE A HARD TIME MAKING A WHOLE , HEALTHY MEAL. SHE THOUGHT THIS WAS AN EASY WAY TO HAVE MEAT COOKED FOR LEFTOVER MEALS. chris
CrockPot Whole Turkey Recipe
A 9.5 lb turkey fits into a 6.5 quart crockpot. It was a tight squeeze, and this is the absolute largest turkey you should attempt to cook----even if you have a 7 quart crockpot. The meat needs to reach 140 degrees after 3 hours of cooking on high to keep it in the "safe zone" for consumption.
You can call 1-800-BUTTERBALL.
--turkey (9.5 lbs is the MAXIMUM to fit in a 6.5 quart crockpot)
--apple (I used yellow)
--meat thermometer (necessity, not a luxury. go get one if you need it)
Your turkey must be completely and totally thawed. Seriously. Call the Butterball hotline if you don't know how to do this safely.
I took a lot of the skin off. You don't have to, the skin seems to magically brown a bit in the crock.
Remove the neck and the bag of stuff they put inside the turkey.
Pat the turkey with paper towels to dry it off. Rub a handful of olive oil all over the bird, inside and out. Sprinkle salt, pepper, dried parsley, and garlic powder all over and in it, and rub it around. If you have a secret family concoction of herbs, by all means, use it.
Peel an onion, quarter it, and shove inside. Core an apple and do the same.
Lower the bird into your crockpot. I wanted to put it in breast-side down, but Chris and Mary (from Butterball) said not to. So I put it right-side up.
Cover. Cook on high for 3 hours, then check the internal temperature. You need the turkey to register at least 140 degrees.
Cover again and cook on high for another few hours. Check the internal temp again in a few places. It should be 170 degrees or higher. You can certainly cook it longer if needed, or keep it on warm until you are ready to carve.
CAREFULLY remove turkey from crockpot. The edges will have browned nicely. If you'd like, you can broil the top for a few minutes in the oven--put the turkey in a roasting pan, don't use the crock. I tried this, and was pleased with how the turkey looked afterwards. Broil for about 7 minutes.
Let sit for 15-20 minutes before carving.