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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 two years ago, and it was good! If you haven’t had smoked turkey before, read on, because it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s goo! It is the only whole fully cooked turkey at Costco. See our all the Costco Thanksgiving meal posts here or scroll down.

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….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.

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ProTip: The Costco whole smoked turkey is available seasonally in the late Fall.

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! Ham is often smoked, and the flavor has many similarities because of that. My kids LOVE ham, so this was a good choice for our family. I have to say that I prefer a classic turkey preparation for my Thanksgiving meal, but that’s entirely subjective and just my preference for that one specific meal – I think objectively the Kirkland Signature smoked turkey is 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!!

Costco Smoked Whole Turkey
Kirkland Signature Whole Smoked Turkey at Costco

Smoked Turkey Heating Instructions

  1. Heat oven or grill to 350 F
  2. Remove all packaging from the turkey and place breast size up in a 2-inch deep baking pan
  3. Cover turkey tightly with aluminum foil to prevent drying during heating.
  4. Bake approximately 12 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.
  5. Once the turkey reaches 145 F, remove foil and broil for 5 minutes.
  6. 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 $4.49 per lb.

For an 8.5 lb whole smoked turkey, that shakes out to about $38. Total price varies with size.

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.

Nutritional Panel

Whole Smoked Turkey at Costco - Nutritional Panel with Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium and Carbohydrates.
Nutritional Panel on Costco Whole Smoked Turkey

Smoked Turkey Serving Suggestions

  • scalloped potatoes
  • green beans
  • macaroni and cheese
  • cornbread
  • rolls with butter
  • salad
  • 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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