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Slow Cooker Turkey Thighs with Beer and Onions

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Slow Cooker Turkey Things with Beer and Onions - I love dark meat turkey, simmered all day in the slow cooker.


  • 4 pounds turkey thighs (about 4), skin removed
  • 2 teaspoons
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 12 oz beer (Amber lager, brown ale, or porter work best)
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Prep the turkey: Peel the skin from the turkey thighs, and put them in the slow cooker. Sprinkle them evenly with the salt and pepper, then rub with the Dijon mustard to coat.
  2. Ready to smear the mustard on the turkey
  3. Brown the onions: In a fry pan, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and 1 tsp kosher salt and cook until the onions are softened and starting to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan until the onions and paste are well browned, about five more minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and thyme, and stir until the flour is moist. Pour in the beer, add the bay leaves, and increase the heat to high. Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits into the beer, and cook until the beer is simmering, about 3 more minutes. Pour the beer and onions over the turkey thighs in the slow cooker.
  4. Slow cook the turkey: Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
  5. Serve: Move the turkey thighs to a serving platter, and cover with 2 cups of the beer and onions from the pot. Serve, passing the rest of the beer and onions on the side.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American