Looking for a fully cooked and turkey for Thanksgiving? One option you might consider is the Kirkland Signature Whole Smoked Turkey at Costco! I bought this and it was good! If you haven’t had smoked turkey before, read on, because it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, but we do recommend it! It is the only whole, fully cooked turkey in-store at Costco. See our all the Costco Thanksgiving meal posts here or scroll down.
ProTip: The Costco whole smoked turkey is available seasonally in the late Fall. As of October 31, 2023 it’s back in my store.
Why I like the Kirkland Smoked Turkey at Costco
First and foremost, it’s fully cooked. Just heat and serve. Much less time in the oven. I now have a double oven, which is a lifesaver on Thanksgiving or really any meal….but I haven’t always had one, and if you have a single oven then you know…if the turkey needs to cook all day you can’t cook anything else! So fully cooked can really save the day if you want to make your own side dishes like stuffing, roasted potatoes, roasted veggies, or green bean casserole.
What does the Kirkland Smoked Turkey Taste Like?
Smoked turkey is…well…smoked. If you’ve never had smoked turkey, one idea might be to hit your local deli and ask for an 1/8 lb of smoked deli turkey and try it. It’s delicious but a distinct flavor, and it’s not ideally flavored for gravy in my opinion. If you love gravy on your classic Thanksgiving turkey, this might not be the thanksgiving turkey for you.
If you aren’t a huge fan of turkey and are more of a ham person, this might be a great fit – or if you appreciate meats that have been smoked for hours! Ham is often smoked, and the flavor has many similarities because of that. My kids LOVE ham and we’re big fans of bbq/smoked meats, so this was a good choice for our family. I have to say that I prefer a classic turkey preparation for my actual Thanksgiving meal and would prefer to eat this for another meal, but that’s entirely subjective and just my preference for that one specific meal – I think objectively the Kirkland Signature smoked turkey is really good as long as you understand this is a smoked turkey, not a roast turkey before you purchase it for a holiday meal.
ProTip: This goes GREAT with mac n cheese!!
Smoked Turkey Heating Instructions
- Heat oven or grill to 350 F
- Remove all packaging from the turkey and place breast size up in a 2-inch deep baking pan
- Cover turkey tightly with aluminum foil to prevent drying during heating.
- Bake approximately 12 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.
- Once the turkey reaches 145 F, remove foil and broil for 5 minutes.
- Remove turkey from oven. Let rest for 10 minutes prior to carving/serving.
Costco Item Number & Price
Kirkland Signature Whole Smoked Turkey is Costco Item #47470 and costs $4.99 per lb.
For a 14 lb whole smoked turkey, that shakes out to about $70+. Total price varies with size.
Historical Price Notes: In the Fall of 2022 this was $4.49 per lb.
This whole smoked turkey is not available online at costco.com, it’s only in-store. Find it in the specialty foods aisle near the other holiday foods.
Smoked Turkey Serving Suggestions
- scalloped potatoes
- green beans
- macaroni and cheese
- rolls with butter
- twice baked potatoes
- roasted veggies
Have you purchased the smoked whole turkey from Costco? What did you think? Do you recommend it? We’d love to hear your opinion, and any other serving suggestions you might have! Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!!
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