how to slow cook a turkey

Poultry

How to slow cook the most succulent and moist turkey

The USDA now recommends temperatures no lower than 325°F for cooking meat and poultry. Any lower than this and the salmonella risk starts to rise very quickly.

Therefore when cooking turkey, this guide should be followed.

Weight Plain Turkey Stuffed Turkey
8 – 12 lbs. 2 3/4 – 3 hours 3 – 3 1/2 hours
12 – 14 lbs. 3 – 3 3/4 hours 3 1/2 – 4 hours
14 – 18 lbs. 3 3/4 – 4 1/4 hours 4 – 4 1/4 hours
18 – 20 lbs. 4 1/4 – 4 1/2 hours 4 1/4 – 4 3/4 hours
20 – 24 lbs. 4 1/2 – 5 hours 4 3/4 – 5 1/4 hours

The secret is to retain the moistness, and here are some tips to help achieve a sweet juicy cooked turkey.

Firstly, add a small bowl of water to the oven to add some steam to the atmosphere the turkey is cooking in.

Alternatively, cover the back of the turkey with sliced bacon. This will retain themoisture and baste the turkey as it cooks.