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Tyler Texas: Greenberg Smoked Turkeys

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scrumptiouschef Nov 10, 2010 07:19 AM

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

Who's tried a Greenberg?

How is it?

  1. TXStingray Nov 10, 2010 11:27 AM

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

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      hazelhurst Nov 10, 2010 11:39 AM

      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. ddavis Nov 10, 2010 06:41 PM

        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. texasredtop Nov 11, 2010 04:08 PM

          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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            ddavis Nov 11, 2010 04:54 PM

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

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              texasredtop Nov 12, 2010 04:12 AM

              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.

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                ddavis Nov 12, 2010 11:37 AM

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

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            pinotho Nov 12, 2010 09:05 AM

            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. BayouTeche Nov 15, 2010 12:17 PM

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

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                Mike C. Miller Nov 30, 2010 10:11 PM

                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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                  brucesw Dec 20, 2013 12:44 PM

                  Thanks, Mike.

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

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                    Mike C. Miller Dec 20, 2013 10:27 PM

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

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                  brucesw Dec 20, 2013 12:41 PM

                  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.

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