How to Reheat a Smoked Turkey: 3 Best Ways

How To Reheat A Smoked Turkey

Smoked turkey is a favorite during the holidays. However, once it has cooled, it doesn’t taste as good, so you will need to reheat it. Continue reading to find out how to reheat smoked turkey.

Learn about the various ways you can warm up your turkey depending on your preferences. Be careful to reheat the turkey properly so it comes out juicy and flavorful.

How to Reheat a Smoked Turkey

1. Reheat Smoked Turkey Using Countertop Roaster Oven

A countertop roaster oven is a suitable option if you want to keep the moisture of your whole smoked turkey during reheating. 

  1. Preheat the roaster oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Place the whole smoked turkey on the rack.

  3. Reheat the turkey until it hits an internal temperature of 155 to 165 degrees F. 

  4. Allow the turkey to rest for 10 minutes before serving. This allows the heat to evenly distribute throughout the turkey.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

2. Reheat Smoked Turkey Using an Oven

How to reheat smoked turkey using an oven

Reheating smoked turkey in the oven is the most common technique and considered the ideal method. It produces a crispy and juicy smoked turkey. Learn how to reheat smoked turkey in the oven.

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F

  2. Place it in a pan with the turkey breast against the bottom.

  3. Spray the turkey with cooking oil moderately.

  4. Using aluminum foil, wrap the turkey.

  5. Put the pan in the oven.

  6. Heat in 30-minute increments. Note that the reheating time of the whole smoked turkey depends on its size.

  7. Using a probe thermometer in its thigh, check the turkey’s temperature.

  8. Remove the turkey from the oven once the temperature is at 160 degrees F. 

  9. Allow 10-15 mins for the turkey to rest before you serve. This will guarantee the juices spread evenly throughout the turkey.

  10. Serve and enjoy.

3. Reheat Smoked Turkey Using a Microwave

How To Reheat A Smoked Turkey

Try reheating in a microwave for different parts of smoked turkey, like drumsticks, wings, and sliced breast pieces. It is significantly faster than the other reheating methods. 

Follow the instructions below to reheat intact parts of smoked turkey, including drumsticks, wings, and so on.

  1. Put the parts of smoked turkey in a microwave-safe dish.

  2. Cover with parchment paper loosely.

  3. Place the turkey parts in the microwave.

  4. Heat for 2-minute intervals. Check the turkey’s temperature to ensure you don’t overcook it.

  5. Allow the turkey to rest for approximately 5-8 mins before serving to allow the heat to distribute evenly.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

4. How to Reheat Sliced Turkey

Reheat sliced turkey

If you’ve already sliced your leftover turkey, follow these steps to reheat sliced turkey breast.

  1. Arrange the slices in a microwaveable dish.

  2. Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of broth on the sliced turkey.

  3. You can either use a lid to cover the dish or you can wrap the dish with plastic wrap and spoke some small holes in it to let steam escape

  4. Heat the slices for around 1-3 minutes. The time varies depending on how many slices you are reheating.

  5. Allow the turkey breast to rest for 5 minutes before serving so the heat can evenly distribute.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Important Tips and Reminders for How to Reheat a Smoked Turkey

Reheat smoked turkey legs

If your smoked turkey is frozen, make sure you thaw it fully first, otherwise, it will not heat well.

Take the smoked turkey out of the refrigerator and allow it to it for an hour to get to room temperature. This will be helpful when you begin reheating it.

It is important to check the internal temperature of the smoked turkey. Use a probe thermometer to get precise and accurate measurements.

Wrap the smoked turkey firmly with aluminum foil. This will ensure it retains moisture so your turkey doesn’t come out dry. It will also speed up the reheating process.

Keep in mind that smoked turkey has a pinkish tint even when reheated. It is natural and it does not necessarily indicate it is undercooked.

Your smoked turkey is safe to eat within 3 to 4 days when stored in a plastic container and kept inside the refrigerator. 

You can extend the shelf-life of your smoked turkey by keeping it in the freezer. The turkey will last up to 4 months if frozen in a tightly sealed container.

In Conclusion

There are different ways to reheat a smoked turkey. The options provided in this article are effective and simple to do. You can expect to achieve the best results if you follow the steps properly. Keep the tips and reminders in mind, too. 

Now you can enjoy your hot smoked turkey!

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