Butter-Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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This Butter-Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is a super easy and amazingly delicious way to cook the perfect, moist turkey breast!

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One year for Thanksgiving, Heather was on call and couldn’t be any farther than 30 minutes from the hospital.  It meant that we missed out on our annual family gathering with my grandparents, but also meant that we got to have a Thanksgiving dinner, just the 3 of us.  While we missed all being together, it was a great experience for our little family.  I insisted on doing the standard meal – I mean, it’s tradition.  But rather than doing a whole turkey, I just did a turkey breast.  That was the first year I did my turkey breast in a slow cooker.  It was so easy, so tender and moist.  I enjoyed it so much, I did two turkey breasts for a big family gathering one year rather than a whole turkey.

This Butter-Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is a super easy and amazingly delicious way to cook the perfect, moist turkey breast!Always looking to improve things,  I took the method from my Garlic Roasted Chicken in my cookbook and used the butter mixture to coat the turkey.  It turned out amazing!  It kept is super moist and added GREAT flavor.

So if you’ve got a smaller gathering this year or just love turkey other times of the year, this Butter Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is a winner!  And it’s so dang easy!

This Butter-Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is a super easy and amazingly delicious way to cook the perfect, moist turkey breast!

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Butter-Basted Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (5 to 7 lb) bone-in turkey breast, thawed
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Remove turkey from packaging and remove any giblets, gravy packets, and the neck if they are in the cavity. Don't rinse the turkey. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. This helps the butter mixture stick to the bird. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix until well combined. Rub the butter mixture over the entire bird. Carefully separate the skin from the meat over the breasts and rub butter mixture between the skin and meat. Place the turkey in the slow cooker, breast side up and cover. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. To crisp the skin up, place on a oven-safe platter and place under the broiler of the oven on low until crisp and golden brown. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
Notes
For an even more moist and tender turkey, cook with the breast side down. Just be prepared that you won't really be able to slice the turkey this way; it will just fall off the bone. The presentation isn't great with this method, but the meat is super moist.

 

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  1. I have enjoyed your posts and recipes and have made many of your dishes—— and never been disappointed. A great big thanks from north of the border, Stacey.Keep them coming .
    Joan

  2. Stacey, this recipe sounds wonderful and can’t wait to make it. However, I am wondering if you have a recipe for a ham cooked in the crockpot? So many people are now cooking their holiday hams in the crockpot. Since this will be my first time cooking a ham in the crockpot, I want to run it pass you first to see if you have a recipe for ham cooked in the crockpot? That way for Thanksgiving or Christmas I could have the turkey in the oven and the ham in the crockpot baking at the same time for the holidays. Love all your recipes and have made many of them with great reviews. Keep them coming!

  3. Stacey, The turkey recipe sounds good. I would like to make turkey gravy. Is there enough drippings to make about a cup or two of gravy or do I need to add some broth?

  4. This sounds great! I just bought a turkey breast at the store since it’s only going to be two of this this year, and I wasn’t quite sure how to cook it. Here you are with this timely post that answered the question.

  5. Leslie Jefferson says:

    I have a 5 quart crock pot, is that too big for this recipe? It sounds delicious!

  6. Tried this today and it was delicious! Had a heck of a time spreading the rub, kept sticking to my hands. Is there a trick to this? Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!, Sue

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