Crock Pot Turkey

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”

~W. Clement Stone

Crock Pot Turkey is super easy.

Anyone who has spent hours basting and hovering over a turkey in the oven, has wondered if there is an easy button on this turkey cooking gig.

There is… It’s not the golden bird you’d like to carve at the table but it will be moist and equally delicious.

Start with a half a turkey or a large bone in breast.

I snagged a sweet after Thanksgiving deal on turkey.

Put a Crock Pot liner in for easy clean up.

Place that turkey in the lined Crock Pot.

Rub a little olive oil on the skin of your turkey.

Add fresh garlic.

Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.

Toss in half of a medium sized chopped onion.

Cut up three stalks of celery.

I’d usually use a couple of carrots chopped up but the kiddos ate them and left me with the shreds I use for salads. Which is fine because the veggies are there only to create a flavorful, rich broth that our turkey is going to cook in.

Add ¾ cup of water to the pot.

Put a lid on it.

(That sprig of green in there is parsley that I had left over from a recent soup so I added a bit for an extra layer of flavor and because it was there.)

Cook on LOW for 4 hours


Cook it on HIGH for 8 hours

When the turkey is done, it falls right off the bone and makes it incredibly simple to serve.

I love being able to write all day and still have a cozy home cooked meal prepared for my family without much fuss. The only drawback is that when turkey is this dang easy to make, you end up making mini Thanksgiving feasts for your people all year long. They become immune to the enticing smell of the Crock Pot Turkey. Except for small determined Bengal cats who try to swipe my turkey every chance they get. 

If you ladle out the leftover broth to freeze for a later date, it makes an excellent addition to future soups and stews.


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  1. I don’t want to try to cut a turkey in half but you can bet I’ll try this with a turkey breast.

  2. Hi Meg,

    It’s been a while since I tried turkey, this recipe is attracting my to try it soon. It looks yummy !

    ~ Donna
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