Butterball Smoked Turkey is a convenient take on a classic bird. Whether you’re short on time, have too many side dishes to make or you just prefer the taste of it, this recipe will show you how to prepare a dinner your family won’t forget.
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Butterball Smoked Turkey
Everybody loves turkey, especially on holidays, but not everybody has the time to prepare and cook a bird from scratch. Que Butterball. Since this meat is already pre-smoked for you, you can eat it cold or heat it up in the oven for a deliciously juicy meal.
Smoked Turkey is pre-cooked, so it doesn’t take long to cook. Whilst it’s cooking, we recommend preparing some delicious sides to make your family holiday meal one to remember. Our favourites are Easy Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Scalloped Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Yorkshire Puddings.
For a guide on how to prepare your Smoked Turkey for an incredible dinner, read on:
How To Make Butterball Smoked Turkey
- Step 1 – Thaw Turkey
Your turkey in the refrigerator for 1-2 days before cooking. You don’t want to ever thaw a Butterball Smoked Turkey at room temperature, so make sure you have plenty of room in your refrigerator in preparation!
- Step 2 – Preheat Oven
There are many ways to heat up a Butterball Smoked Turkey, though we’re opting for oven-heating on this occasion. The first step on the cooking day is to preheat your oven to 350°F/176°C.
- Step 3 – Prepare Turkey
Using an oil brush, carefully coat the outside of the turkey in oil to allow for a nice golden brown color, and wrap the bird in foil. Once your turkey is fully covered, place it in an oven-proof roasting tin.
If you were preparing a turkey from scratch, you’d usually stuff it though Butterball Smoked Turkeys are not to be stuffed. They’re good to go as they are!
- Step 4 – Roast Your Turkey
Place your turkey into the oven and roast. Typically, we recommend allowing approximately 5 minutes per lb. The average Butterball Smoked Turkey is between 10 – 13 lbs, so that’s roughly around an hour. We recommend that you keep checking the internal temperature though, to make sure the bird isn’t overcooked.
- Step 5 – Remove From Oven
When the internal temperature reaches 165°F/73°C, remove your turkey from the oven. Typically, this is after around an hour.
If you overcook the turkey, it can end up being dry so if you like juicy meat, stay on top of the temperature-checking for the best results!
- Step 6 – Carve & Serve!
Once your turkey has been removed from the oven, carefully unpeel the foil to allow the bird to breathe. Let it rest for around 5-10 minutes before carving. Butterball Smoked Turkeys are much easier to carve than whole fresh turkeys so don’t be shy to get in there and cut off your meat for serving.
Butterball Smoked Turkey Recipe
- Roasting Tin
- Oil Brush
- Butterball Smoked Turkey
- Olive Oil
- Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator for 1-2 days before cooking.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/176°C.
- Brush the outside of the turkey in oil, wrap in foil, and place in a roasting tin.
- Roast for approximately 5 minutes per pound.
- When the internal temperature reaches 165°F/73°C, remove it from the oven.
- When cooled, carve and serve!
Butterball Smoked Turkey FAQs
Butterball Smoked Turkeys are indeed smoked and ready to eat. If you prefer your turkey cold, you can thaw your turkey and eat it as it is.
Although it doesn’t necessarily need to be cooked, a Smoked Turkey is best reheated for approximately 5 minutes per pound.
That depends on your own personal tastes. It can be absolutely delicious but check out our Smoked Turkey or Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey recipe if you’re looking to prepare and cook a bird from scratch.