Thanksgiving Turkey in a Crock Pot, With Sage and Bacon

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

I hate touching raw turkey! I hate cleaning it, and brining it, and basting it, and, oh, everything else you have to do to make a proper Thanksgiving turkey. But, man oh man, do I love Thanksgiving turkey anyway! That's why I was so pleased to discover this Betty Crocker recipe. It really works--no rinsing, brining, or basting necessary. And the result is moist and delicious. You get all the taste (and the credit) with almost no work. One note: the Betty Crocker recipe has you cook for 7-8 hours, but depending on your crock pot, this might not be enough. If you're worried about this, cook longer if necessary, or put the crock pot up to high for the first couple hours.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 lbs bone-in turkey breast, thawed if frozen and skin removed
  • 12 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
  • 8 small red potatoes, cut into fourths
  • 1 12 cups baby carrots
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (or use more!)
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar turkey gravy (roasted flavor is best)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 34 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Spray 5 to 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place turkey in cooker. Sprinkle with garlic pepper. Place potatoes and carrots around turkey.
  2. Mix bacon, gravy, flour, sage and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl; pour over turkey and vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours.
  4. Remove turkey and vegetables, and thicken gravy as necessary with cornstarch or flour. Dig in!
Most Helpful

The worshteshire sauce was too much for us, we could really taste it more than the gravy itself. and my turkey was a bit dry. I think next time i will cut the worshteshire sauce completely and just add a jar of turkey gravy and cook for about one hour less. i did side this with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and biscuits and that completed my mid-year thanksgiving meal! thanks for sharing the idea!

Roni Belle July 17, 2008

We made this for dinner last week and it was perfect! So easy that is will be a regular in our winter rotation.

McGelby February 12, 2011