How To Reheat A Smoked Turkey Without Drying It Out? (Tips You Need To Know)

Convenient and delicious at the same time; that’s how I would describe a smoked turkey. Smoked meat flavor is quite peculiar. You cannot achieve the same taste by using any other method of cooking. So if you’re preparing a large meal, you want to make sure you have a lot of smoked turkey at your disposal. And when that’s the case, here’s how to reheat a smoked turkey.

The task is not as easy as reheating and then serving it to your ravenous guests. At least not without making the meat too dry.

The chances of overcooking smoked turkey are quite enormous at such times. And that tends to take away most of the juiciness and tenderness. So what’s left is a bland and dry smoked turkey. Unless that sounds delicious to you, please keep reading.

How to Reheat a Smoked Turkey: What You Need


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Reheating smoked turkey is something you can do in several ways. And I happen to have tried them all. So you can take my word for it when I say that I found the most suitable one.

This method might require more time. But it ensures that heat enters the deepest parts of the turkey. While also maintaining the original tenderness! (Turkey nutritional value)

The procedure involves placing the turkey in your oven at a temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit. I also found this particular method to be the most useful. While the oven was taking care of my smoked meat, I got time to prepare other dishes.

The best part is that you don’t require any special tools for the job. Whatever the task demands is already present in the kitchen. Such as the following tools:

  • Oven.
  • Chicken broth for maintaining turkey tenderness.
  • ​Aluminum foil for tenting the turkey and keeping it moist.
  • ​Thermometer for checking the inner turkey temperature.
  • ​Cooking spray for moisturizing the smoked meat.
  • Pan for baking the turkey. Size of the pan depends on the size of your oven and turkey.

Step-by-Step Process


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Do you want to know how to reheat a precooked turkey without drying it out? If yes, this is exactly where you should be.

Please note that the process involves only four steps. All of which are easy and simple to follow. And the most important determinants to keep in mind are time and temperature.

1. Thaw the Turkey Before You Reheat It

More often than not, smoked turkeys are frozen. So the day before you wish to cook them, take the meat out of the freezer to thaw it in your refrigerator. For an entire day!

Defrosting smoked turkey encourages faster heating. In fact, it also makes the meat more delicious.

When you reheat frozen turkey, it tends to have a huge impact on the original texture. But most importantly, reheating frozen turkey doesn’t heat up the deeper and thicker parts of the meat.

2. Prepare for Reheating

Now is the time to place that thawed turkey in your roasting pan. Make sure that the breast part is facing downward. At this point, the use of aluminum foil is optional. With or without the foil, it’s possible to prevent the meat from drying out.

If you happen to opt for aluminum foil, then don’t forget to use some cooking spray. Apply the spray over the skin before wrapping the turkey with the foil. And if foil is not a part of your procedure, then add a bit of broth to the pan.

Following these instructions means doing everything you can to keep the turkey tender and moist. Then, set your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit to prepare for what’s about to come.

3. Reheating the Smoked Turkey


The roasting pan with the meat goes into the oven. The reheating time is entirely dependent on the weight of the bird. The formula I would suggest you use is five minutes for every pound. So for a normal-sized turkey, the time taken can be a little over an hour.

Make use of the thermometer to keep a check on the inner temperature of that turkey. Stick it into the deepest parts of the thigh region. If the reading displays 145 degrees Fahrenheit, it means your meal is ready.

Once that temperature is achieved, don’t leave the turkey in there any longer. Otherwise, it tends to get overcooked.

4. Allow It to Rest before Serving

Don’t serve the cooked smoked turkey immediately after taking it out of your oven. Let the dish rest for at least 15 minutes. What happens in this duration is the meat absorbs all the hot, simmering juice. And that’s how your turkey becomes tender and juicy. You’ll see at the time of carving! A little patience can go a long way. Trust me.

Useful Tips


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If patience can go a long way, so can some useful tips. No matter how well you think you’ve read the instructions discussed above.

Tip 1: Speed the process

Instead of reheating the entire smoked turkey, why don’t you reheat the separate parts? Cut the legs, thighs, wings, and breast. Reheating sliced smoked turkey is faster than doing the same to the whole batch.

Tip 2: Stuff the turkey

For stuffing, my best advice to you would be to pre-cook the stuffing first. And that’s because the method I’m following here involves warming up the turkey. So it might not cook that stuffing appropriately.

Tip 3: Prepare the gravy

If you love gravy, then you’ll love the dripping that’s left over at the bottom of that roasting pan. You can add this final mixture to your gravy recipe.

Now I know that it might not be like any usual gravy. But it’s definitely worth trying when using precooked turkey.

Now here’s how to smoke a whole turkey on your own:

Smoked Turkey Recipe | How To Smoke a Whole Turkey?

The End

As you can see, the instructions here are quite simple. They not only ensure success but save time too. Preparing smoked turkey for large groups is a brilliant idea. You can buy or cook the turkey a day prior to the gathering as well. Especially when other dishes are also a part of the social scene!

Just keep in mind that reheating smoked turkey helps in keeping the meat fresh and delicious. Any shortcuts will just ruin everything for you. I have done that too!

So don’t hesitate to share your experience with us here. Have you ever tried reheating smoked turkey? If yes, then how did it go?

Your opinion and thoughts are much appreciated. And so is any practical tip or advice!

Thank you for your attention. And I hope your turkey comes out delicious, not overcooked and dry.

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