Do you have a smoked turkey that is ready to go in the oven. What is the best way to reheat it.
🏆 Best Tips
Here are some top tips for you.
- Some people may say to reheat it all the way back to 165. There is debate about this with camps saying 140 and some saying 165. I personally feel comfortable just going out of the danger zone at 140. But if you are feeling a little nervous about that, then go to 165. I don't want you to have dry meat but I am more concerned about you feeling comfortable with the food you are eating.
- I recommend having a probe thermometer on hand that you can place in the turkey and have a read out that sits outside the oven, so you can monitor what's going on inside. But if you don't have it you can also use an instant-read thermometer.
- Depends on the size of your bird and the temperature of your oven you chose. If you go the lowest temperature I would say cook time is around 4 hours or so. If you do it at 325, maybe 2 ½ hours.
- You will want to give it a 20-25 minute rest time before you carve just to like a regular turkey. This allows the juices in the turkey to be re-distributed.
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Here some other things to keep in mind
- Color of the meat may look pinkish or reddish. That's natural with a smoked turkey, it is not under cooked.
- To keep the turkey from drying out in the oven cover it completely in aluminum foil and place it into a shallow roasting pan. For a crispier skin you can remove the foil near the end of cooking.
- I haven't done this, but you could try re-heating it in a slow cooker. Although I think that would take too long to get to temperature, so I am not recommending it.
- In order to speed up the cook time, you can remove the turkey an hour before cooking and let it get up to room temperature It won't be there long enough to cause warm.
- Don't throw out the bones when you are done. You can uise them to make turkey stock that will have a smoky flavor!
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