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Deep fried or barbequed turkey -- Thanksgiving

Does anyone know a place to have a turkey either barbequed or deep fried? I am going to be without an oven this Thanksgiving. Thanks.

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  1. Mr. Cecil's does fried turkeys to go as well as sides and such - pretty good and well packaged

    1. tastey Q......i think they charge +/- $2/lb to fry a turkey.

      Tasty Q Bar-B-Que
      2959 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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      1. re: wilafur

        Yes, Tasty Q at 2959 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA does. You have to provide the turkey and I don't know what they charge per lb now. You need to call them in advance and reserve a time, they get booked quickly so call as soon as you know you want them to do it for you (323) 735-8325.

        1. re: LesThePress

          Unless something has changed, there's the option at Tasty Q of buying their turkey at a nominal markup, or supplying your own. Have tried it a few times with pretty consistent and satisfactory results, although a couple of times were for New Years Eve. And yes, reserve sooner rather than later.

          FWUW - it's far more preferable than our one experience with a homogenized (and over-spiced) fried turkey from Honey Baked Hams.

          1. re: Briggs

            I have always been intrigued by Tasty Q. Is it worth going to? This is the place with the drive thru window correct?

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                They do a great fried turkey, at least 8 years ago they did.

        2. I think J n J Burgers & BBQ will smoke one for you. Call them and check.

          J N J Burger & Barbeque
          5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

          1. You can try Loreto's in Compton

            Loreto's Fried Turkey
            983 W Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90220

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            1. re: annapurna7

              last time i was at bludso's bbq in compton they mentioned that they do fried and smoked turkey. now if i can just convince gf to let me get a smoked turkey for thanksgiving i would be set!

            2. Question for you posters who have actually eaten a fried or smoked whole turkey on Thanksgiving: Do those birds go well with the standard side dishes?

              Johnny Rebs' is a pretty good barbecue place that has four locations around town. I didn't see anything relevant just looking at their Web site but found the following page with a Google site search: http://johnnyrebs.com/JR_turkeyFeast.... If it's still current, they're offering a "Take out Thanksgiving Feast." The turkey is smoked and only partially cooked so that it can be reheated without getting dry, but you might be able to arrange for a fully cooked bird.

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              1. re: Harry Nile

                I've had Johnny Rebs t-day turkey feast before and it's not bad, but I don't think it's what the OP is looking for. The have a pretty regimented system over there for the turkey package, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to get in that request....but it never hurts to ask. The first dinner we purchased there was pretty good, then we got it again the next year and the turkey was a bit drier than we liked (but that could have been our fault), but not bad. Their dressing is great.

                1. re: Harry Nile

                  Yes. all regular sides or anythng for that matter go good with fried or bbq turkey..

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I have had Bludsoe's fried turkey and it was quite good.

                    A friend of mine ordered a fried turkey from Tasty Q and was very disappointed because it came out burnt. She said it was a madhouse there so she checked the bird when she got home.

                    1. re: SouthernFoodie08

                      is bludsoe's only whole fried turkeys or can you get slices of it. like a turkey dinner of sorts?

                      1. re: kevin

                        When I had their fried turkey, it was at an event so they had whole turkeys. I don't know if they offer it sliced, but it is worth calling to find out.

                        Oh, and I had it at a BBQ, so there were no other traditional Thanksgiving-type sides.

                  2. Do you have a weber charcoal grill? Its not hard to bbq or grill a turkey....

                    1. I BBQ mine every year, stuff it with citrus, garlic, rosemary, ginger, and s and p. I cook it breast side down, all the juices from the fruit get into the meat and it is so delicious. So easy to do and keeps the heat out of the kitchen,

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                      1. I know this is late but my step-dad has been frying birds for the last 20 years. He is part of the Shriners and Masons and has been their go to guy for banquets, fund risers, etc.

                        If you are still in need email me I will get you is info.

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                        1. re: rahnsibley

                          if you can get the details on that that would be great.

                        2. Baby Blues BBQ in Hollywood (the Venice location is closed) is open and having an all you can eat dinner featuring fried turkey. I wonder if they'd fry a whole one to go. Worth asking.