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Tyler Texas: Greenberg Smoked Turkeys

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/din...

Who's tried a Greenberg?

How is it?

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  1. Personally I really like the Greenberg's smoked turkeys. What few leftovers we have at my hacienda make some dynamite smoked turkey quesadillas!

    1. I saw this article and was pleased that they are still going strong. Used to get them off-and-on years (and years) ago and thought it was one of the few decent ways to get a turkey. Someone sent them to me but that died a while back. I cannot imagine they are less than good nowadays, though

      1. I live in Tyler, so it's sort of expected that I would have had a Greenberg. My family usually goes through three of them from Thanksgiving through New Years Day. We haven't roasted a turkey in years. They are great sliced on the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables, make super sandwiches with Durkee's dressing on white bread and turn into a marvelous turkey and cheese ball (recipe included in the box) when you're down to the scraps. They also make great gifts, both for friends and relatives and for business gifts for clients. Try it. You'll love it.

        1. I had one a few years ago and it was excellent. Made a tortilla soup with the leftovers that was delicious.

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          1. re: texasredtop

            A stock made from the leftover meat and the carcass makes a great beginning for a gumbo.

            1. re: ddavis

              Didn't even think about that. I often make turkey gumbo with Thanksgiving leftovers. The turkey is so smokey, I don't think you can go wrong with whatever you choose to do with it after the main meal.

              1. re: texasredtop

                Just don't use the skin in your stock. It gives it a bitter taste. I guess it's from all the hickory.

          2. Scrumptious, have been doing the Greenberg turkey thing for years, never had a problem, never had a complaint from anyone to whom I sent a Greenberg turkey. They have a good product, IMHO.

            1. I just knocked one out. Made a gumbo with half of it last weekend, the other half I made a "white" chili.

              1. Pretty good, but heavy on the black pepper. But I prefer the turkeys from Bear Creek Smokehouse, between Marshall and Harleton. They've been in business since the 1940's.

                http://www.bearcreeksmokehouse.com/

                Their smoked hams are also very, very good. As good or better than their turkeys, if you ask me.

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                1. re: Mike C. Miller

                  Thanks, Mike.

                  I'm going to try something. How's the bacon or sausage?

                  1. re: brucesw

                    I haven't had any sausage. Their bacon is very good.

                2. Great article.

                  I have just, for the first time, tasted a Greenberg turkey. Why did I wait so long???? Now there is some question if there will still be any left for Christmas Day - ha! This will definitely be a Thanksgiving/Christmas tradition.