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I spent Saturday in Philadelphia on an eating excursion and came upon a revelation. The Amish butchers in the Reading Terminal market sold smoked turkey tails, or butts as they called them. Unbelievable! Always one of my favorite parts of the turkey, I have never seen it sold seperately or smoked. They are simply delicious, a layer of dark, smokey skin and fat covers the most succulent and moist meat you can imagine. It is truly decadent and will have you curling your toes. I have seen smoked turkey wings and legs in Manhattan, does anyone know if someone sells the tails? I am forever in your culinary gratitude if you can help.

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  1. I have been using this very succulent turkey product - the last part over the fence - in place of ham (not really a fat savings, but so delicious) in greens for a couple of years now. They truly are to die for.

    I have found smoked turkey tails in my local Pathmark and Met Foods (Fort Greene/Clinton Hills Brooklyn). You might also try online. -Dara

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    1. re: daraf

      Thank you. Your greens sound delicious. I have seen a number of collard green recipes calling for turkey tails in place of ham hocks. To be honest, I can't help eating the tails straight.

      1. re: Eddie Bennet

        I just saw and bouought smoked turkey tails at Ralphs supermarket in Los Angeles, not too far from the airport. They were cheap! If you search on that store's parent complany, perhaps you will find a sister store (no pun intended, bro) in your area and perhaps you could ask the meat manager to order up a batch of them.

        I have never had them, but they sure looked good. I hope to find out how good they taste as all of you have done so.

        Bone Ah Peteat!

      2. re: daraf

        Ahhh - "the last part over the fence". What a blast from the past for me. That's what my beloved great aunt & just recently-deceased mother called it. We'd share it from holiday to holiday. Back then, it wasn't sold on its own. In fact, most folks threw it out or added it to the dog's dinner.

      3. not sure but try the western beef supermarket on 14th street and 9th avenue. They cater to diverse ethnic markets.

        1. WE FIGHT OVER(WE CALL THEM THE ASS OF THE TURKEY IN OUR HOUSE)IT EVERY THANKSGIVING..LAST YEAR I WAS ON A MISSION TO FIND THEM ..I MUST HAVE CALLED AND E-MAILED AT LEAST 50 PLACES LOOKING FOR THEM.. BUT NO LUCK I LIVE ON LONG ISLAND AND PATHMARK DOSE SELL SMOKED ONES THEY COME 4 IN A PACKAGE AND THEY ARE HUGE.. BUT THEY ARE SMOKED AND I DONT CARE FOR THEM SMOKED.. I LIKE THEM DEEP FRIED OR JUST IN THE OVEN WITH BUTTER SALT AND PEPPER.... I DID FIND A BUTCHER HERE ON LONG ISLAND THAT WOULD SELL ME 50 POUNDS OF BUTTS BUT THEY WERE FROZEN AND I WOULD HAVE NEED A FREEZER JUST FOR THEM...SO IF YOU SHOULD FIND A PLACE THAT HAS THEM NOT SMOKED PLEASE LET ME KNOW.....

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          1. re: VICKI

            Vicki- No need to shout... Try staying away from the ALL CAPS... it's not considered the best 'net etiquette if you want to ask a question or get some info.

            1. re: VICKI

              There was a guy who sold turkeys and parts at the Union Square green market 2 Fridays ago. I don't know if he's there regularly, or if he'll be there after Thanksgiving. I forget the name, but it's not the Dipaolo booth. If you're in the neighborhood you might ask about Turkey tails.

            2. Here in the Atlanta, Ga. area, a lot of stores carry the smoked turkey tails, in four packs. Some of the smaller chains and independent stores in black populated areas carry the fresh tails, frozen, in four packs. They seem to be a popular item with them. (no stereotyping intended.) I love then too, and just bought some the other day, to use for broth or stock to inject the turkey breast for Thanksgiving dinner. The were Plantation brand, distributed by Cargil Inc. of Waco, Texas.

              1. I just bought some smoked turkey tails (butts) at Albertson's supermarket in San Diego, the day after Thanksgiving. They are delicious, but very fatty. I think I will simmer them with some green beans to give the green beans extra flavor and remove some of the fat from the tails.

                1. Resurrecting this thread. Just bought a package of ten, and it is satisfying my "left over" fix, since we were out of town for T day.