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Nov 19, 2005 04:14 PM


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I have been hearing a lot about the "fabulous" smoked turkey from GREENBERG'S in Tyler, Texas.

What are your experiences and recs?

Do you serve it hot or cold?


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  1. I've been ordering them for over 25 years and they are absolutely fabulous.

    1. It's Outrageous I just had a few slices yesterday ...they are located in Tyler Texas and been in business for 57 years...I ordered one earlier today for my daughter that lives in Colorado's the best...better get one quick because they are swamped and down to the small and medium size...

      1. So I just ordered one for the first time. I was going to have it shipped ASAP, but the guy at Greeberg's suggested waiting until the beginning of November to save on shipping. Evidently when it is cool outside, they can ship them regular mail vs airmail. Anyway, I changed the order to come in around Thinksgiving. Any recent experiences with these birds? Are they better for sandwiches or would you serve them as a main course. Room temp? He gave me instructions for heating if I wanted to, but I'd hate to do anything to dry it out.


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        1. re: LizATL

          We ordered turkeys from GREENBERG twice last year and loved them down to the last drop. The meat is fresh, moist, and succulent.

          I served it as a main course , heated, and also at room temp. We had so much left over, I froze it. It made great sandwiches and snacking.

          We are planning to order again for TGiving and Christmas, and to send as gifts.

          It's true, they are not the best looking critters, not much to look at, but everyone thought it was the best turkey they ever tasted.

          Please post your review when you get yours.

          1. re: Fleur

            Yum, now I'm excited! The dip ideas below sound delicious as well. I will report back with a review.


        2. I am truly blessed to live in Tyler, Texas, home of the Greenbergs and their scrumptious turkeys, the Aristocrat of Birds. They are, indeed, special. A few of years ago Oprah included them among her "favorite things" holiday show and sales went ballistic. Be sure to order them well in advance. They always run out completely just before Thanksgiving and Christmas and their size selection gets severely limited as the holidays approach.

          If they are being shipped they will be frozen and will stay good for several days. We have shipped them to Colorado many times without a problem.

          They can be eaten heated, at room temperature or cold, right out of the fridge. I think room temp is best. Make sandwiches with the left-overs. I highly recommend using Durkee's Famous Salad and Sandwich Sauce for the sandwiches. At the risk of being driven from the Chowhound society, I also highly recommend making the sandwiches out of plain old white bread -- none of that healthy grainy crap.

          One more way to use the left-overs is to chop the meat and mix it with mayonnaise and cream cheese and form it into a ball, like a cheese ball. Makes a great holiday dip.

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          1. re: River Rat

            My grandmother used to get a smoked turkey at christmas time -- I was a kid so I don't know the brand, but she did make the dip with smoked turkey (she'd put it through her meat grinder), cream cheese and mayo, and it was just about the best dip I ever tasted.

          2. Ok, my smoked Greenberg turkey arrived a few days earlier than expected. It was supposed to arrive on the 17, but came yesterday. I had a taste and it is delicious!

            I want to serve it for Thanksgiving, and the packaging and website both say it will last for "6 to 8" days in the fridge. Thanksgiving is 8 days from the arrival date. Should I freeze it? I don't want it to taste like old turkey but I don't want to unnecessarily freeze it and ruin the texture. I looked online and can't find anything about how they freeze. Has anyone frozen one? I also can't tell if it was previously frozen. It was cold, but definitely not frozen, when it arrived.

            Please note: I am not worried about the health aspect. I am sure if they say it is ok 8 days later, it is fine. Plus, all that smoke has got to preserve it some. I am much more concerned with quality of taste degredation.


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            1. re: LizATL

              I'm curious, as well. Mine arrived yesterday and the outside of the turkey felt like it was at room temp when I opened the box. I put it in the fridge.

              1. re: emily

                lizATL and emily -- not to worry. I live where Greenberg's is and have them every year. Both your turkeys were frozen when they left Greenberg's and both will be fine if you just refrigerate them till Thanksgiving. I wouldn't refreeze them, although it probably wouldn't do much damage. Sam Greenberg, the guy who runs the company, tells me he keeps them frozen at his home all year and thaws them when he wants one throughout the year, since they only smoke them for a few months before the holiday season.

                We have five on order to arrive for several people, including our place in Colorado, on Monday or Tuesday, but it wouldn't surprise me if they get there today or tomorrow, but that's not a problem. They will keep well till T'day.

                1. re: River Rat

                  Thank you very much for the reassurance! I will now be content to wait with the turkey resting in the fridge until the big day.

                  Happy Holidays!

              2. re: LizATL

                I have same problem,mine arrived Tuesday. Ok,I guess I wont freeze.I never in 30 years heated, just slice at room temperature. They are wonderful.