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Oct 31, 2007 07:37 PM

Ordering a Pre-cooked Turkey

So, this is going to be my first Thanksgiving as the cook (and not just the guest). I feel pretty good about tackling all the sides, but I am not quite ready to cook a turkey (at least not this year). So, I want to know some places that you can order a pre-cooked turkey...and just that. I don't need all the sides and "fixins." I searched this board, but all I came up with was Thanksgiving dinner at local restaurants or just fried turkeys.

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    This is the best turkey you can order. It is smoked and can be served cold or heated up. Order now to make sure you can get it when you need it.

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    1. re: achtungpv

      I agree that Greenberg's smokes a delicious turkey. With all the great smoked meat produced right here in central Texas, however, it seems odd that no local outfit will cook a whole turkey on request. Below, a few other posters have suggested regional and national chains. Along those lines, HEB sells whole smoked turkeys, too.

      Does anyone know of a local barbecue spot that will smoke a turkey (or other specific cut of meat) that's been provided by the customer?

      1. re: MPH

        I seem to recall that my step-mother ordered a smoked turkey from Donn's barbecue on 290 W behind the old Albertsons. I'm not positive that this is where it was from. I'll ask her the next time I see her and update my post.

        1. re: MPH

          Rudy's BBQ does pre-cooked turkeys

      2. Believe it or not, I have ordered a cooked whole turkey from Luby's 4 times and each time it has been wonderful. You can pick it up on Thanksgiving morning and you may not even have to heat it up, depending on what time you want to eat.

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        1. re: judiftx1

          My MIL has bought her turkey at Luby's in years past.

        2. You can pre-order a fried turkey from Popeye's - I did that once for an office party and it was fantastic. It's not breaded or anything like fried chicken, it's just a deep fried turkey. Now I fry my own though.

          1. Lee's (formerly Cooper's) Meat Market sells fried, smoked, and roasted turkeys for Thanksgiving.

            1. Take the advice. A Greenberg smoked turkey is AWESOME. You will never need to look again for a turkey. They also make great gifts.

              I have also heard from a friend that Green Mesquite (if not Shady Grove) will smoke meats for you, at some set price per pound, if you bring in your own food. That might be a good local alternative.

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              1. re: will bass

                Thanks for the suggestions. It's greatly appreciated.

                1. re: will bass

                  Based on your recommendation, I ordered a Greenberg's smoked turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious, and everyone raved about it. My first nibble made me fear it was overly salty, but once heated up, the saltiness disappeared. The service and delivery were prompt also. I'll go with them next year for sure. Thanks to all!