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Where to get good smoked turkey?

Rptrane Oct 29, 2013 04:12 PM

I saw lots of threads about where to eat but I'm talking about an order ahead place. We ordered a turkey one year from Louie Mueller in Taylor and it was awesome. I'd prefer not to drive all the way out there again though.

I'm actually curious if anyone has ordered a turkey from BIll Miller. I know they aren't Stiles for Franklin but they are convenient and I'm sure reasonably priced.

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    kevin RE: Rptrane Oct 29, 2013 04:13 PM

    Greenbergs Smoked Turkeys.

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      sqwertz RE: kevin Oct 29, 2013 04:31 PM

      The Greenberg Turkeys as sold at Central Market wevery year are ridiculously priced for something just as good you can get for 1/4 the price at Costco and HEB.

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        Rptrane RE: sqwertz Oct 29, 2013 07:51 PM

        I think I considered the Costco turkey last year. Is it any good? How does it compare to any BBQ place's smoked turkey.

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          sqwertz RE: Rptrane Oct 29, 2013 10:37 PM

          Nothing beats a fresh turkey right off the smoker. If you can get one that hasn't been refrigerated then go for it. But any turkey that has been smoked and needs to be reheated from 40F is just going to be mediocre, IMO. Which includes Costco. But for ~$13 (I think what I paid last year) it's worth that much (and I'm pretty stingy when it comes to prepared foods). But certainly not $50!

    2. ericthered RE: Rptrane Oct 30, 2013 05:34 AM

      They don't do much well, and freinds don't let freinds eat at Rudy's, but they do put out a ffair smoked turkey.

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        sweet100s RE: ericthered Nov 1, 2013 01:29 AM

        Agreed. Good in turkey sandwiches year round.

        Or when I don't have time to spend 16 hours making my favorite turkey ranch sandwich.

      2. slowcoooked RE: Rptrane Oct 30, 2013 08:16 AM

        I'm not sure if they do whole birds, but the best smoked turkey breast meat I've ever tasted was at La BBQ. However they brine / season / smoke those birds is a winner technique.

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          sweet100s RE: slowcoooked Nov 1, 2013 01:36 AM

          Wow, that looks like incredible turkey.

          pic 98 of 100

          too bad they are so far south!

          La BBQ
          1502 S 1st St
          Austin, TX 78704
          Neighborhoods: 78704 (South Austin), So-Fi (S. 1st St. District), Bouldin Creek
          (512) 605-9696

          hmm... though maybe coming back from the airport on wed the 27'th i could procure some.

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            slowcoooked RE: sweet100s Nov 1, 2013 05:16 AM

            It's definitely as good as it looks.

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              Rptrane RE: sweet100s Nov 10, 2013 02:37 PM

              They aren't doing full turkeys this year. They are doing some kind of brisket dish instead, confirmed on twitter.

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              sqwertz RE: slowcoooked Nov 1, 2013 11:07 PM

              It's the same product as when John worked there. So why not go to John Muellers Meat Shop/BBQ and get the same stuff from the source. I've had on several occasions at both locations (but never as LA BBQ) and it's excellent.

              I don't know of either place offering whole smoked turkeys, though. Strictly by the pound and availability varies.


            3. thymetobake RE: Rptrane Nov 2, 2013 09:59 AM

              Stuffed Cajun Meat Market did them to order last year. I didn't buy one but maybe someone else can comment.

              1. chispa_c RE: Rptrane Nov 4, 2013 01:54 PM

                Traditional Smoked Turkey Breast $49.95

                Habanero Smoked Turkey Breast $49.95

                Salt Lick BBQ

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                  Rptrane RE: chispa_c Nov 4, 2013 07:40 PM

                  I mean a whole smoked turkey, for Thanksgiving

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                    rudeboy RE: Rptrane Nov 4, 2013 08:09 PM

                    Yeah, good point. I didn't look back at your OP message!

                    One of the best turkeys I remember was a butterball cooked on a Brinkmann by my illegitimate stepfather. Go figure.....the second one was my first fried turkey. I did start a small fire, though. I don't like dipping the turkeys in water to figure out the actual liquid displacement. Seems like it has a negative effect on the product.

                    Anyhow, good luck and let me know what you find. I' not sure what I'll do at this point.

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                    rudeboy RE: chispa_c Nov 4, 2013 07:58 PM

                    The two times that I have had smoked turkey at Salt Lick have given me the impression that one thing they have figured out to do is to produce well it on a mass-produced basis. It's my go-to to order when I have expats in town.

                  3. tim irvine RE: Rptrane Nov 5, 2013 05:57 PM

                    I am generally not a huge fan of Pokey Joe's, but several years ago we had a pretty good smoked turkey from there. No idea if they are any good now.

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                      sarahp RE: Rptrane Nov 6, 2013 06:30 AM

                      Henri's on South Lamar is taking orders for whole smoked birds. They roast and smoke all their own meats for their sandwiches and have a huge smoker out back so I'm counting on them being delicious!

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                        foodiegal71 RE: Rptrane Nov 6, 2013 08:06 AM

                        A couple of weeks ago I tried the turkey at Stiles Switch for the first time. It was excellent, and I'm considering some for Thanksgiving this year.

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                          Rptrane RE: foodiegal71 Nov 6, 2013 10:39 PM

                          Last year they didn't do full turkeys. Let me know if they changed their mind this year.

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                          kevin RE: Rptrane Nov 6, 2013 11:12 AM

                          I think Clark's Outpost serves one too.

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                            Mike C. Miller RE: Rptrane Nov 9, 2013 09:38 PM

                            I think Bear Creek Smokehouse makes a better smoked turkey than Greenberg's. Here in Northeast Texas, both have fierce defenders. But I find Greenberg's too dry and overpowered with black pepper. Bear Creek has a more subtle Hickory smoked flavor, and isn't as dry.


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                              sweet100s RE: Mike C. Miller Nov 11, 2013 06:31 PM

                              I'll have to give them a whirl.

                              Their website says
                              "Lakeline Mall next to the Women’s Dillards"

                              Is that accurate? I don't remember seeing them there.

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                                Rene RE: sweet100s Nov 11, 2013 07:10 PM

                                It appears so. Here's a link from Simon properties


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                                  verily RE: sweet100s Nov 12, 2013 04:45 PM

                                  They're probably in one of the buildings outside the mall but still within the mall's parking lot.

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                                    tori_atx RE: verily Nov 13, 2013 07:27 AM

                                    They are indeed inside the mall as it says. We stumbled across them the other day and sampled some meats and cheeses and bought some fudge and jerky.

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                                    Mike C. Miller RE: sweet100s Nov 19, 2013 03:49 PM

                                    Had no idea that they had an Austin location. I live in Marshall and just go out to the original place where they've always been. I assumed that folks in Austin would have to order via the Internet. Live and learn.

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                                  Raffles RE: Rptrane Nov 10, 2013 02:44 PM

                                  Oscars Smokehouse in Warrensburg NY.

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                                    Rptrane RE: Raffles Nov 10, 2013 03:01 PM

                                    This is an Austin Tx forum. I have no interest in buying a turkey over the net.

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                                      Raffles RE: Rptrane Nov 10, 2013 03:04 PM

                                      My bad, your loss IMHO.

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                                        Rptrane RE: Raffles Nov 12, 2013 05:01 PM

                                        No worries. My response came out more harsh than I mean it.

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                                    SlickTheCat RE: Rptrane Nov 12, 2013 12:20 PM

                                    Red's Porch is tweeting that they are smoking turkeys:

                                    Red's Porch ‏@RedsPorch 8m
                                    Can't cook or burned it last year? Would rather kick back & watching football? Let us Smoke the turkey. red@redsporch.com for more info!

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                                      sweet100s RE: SlickTheCat Nov 13, 2013 06:10 AM


                                      Red's brunch menu looks excellent:

                                      Smoked Brisket Hash
                                      Shredded house smoked brisket mixed w/ potato, onion, bell peppers, seared & topped w/ 2 eggs your way. Served w/ fruit and TX toast.

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                                      Rptrane RE: Rptrane Nov 12, 2013 07:30 PM

                                      Has anyone had fried turkey from Popeye's? I hear they are all doing it this year but it requires re-heating.

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                                        slowcoooked RE: Rptrane Nov 12, 2013 08:19 PM

                                        i can only imagine that their turkeys are as laden as their notorious chickens with the delicate aroma of the carmelized cell walls of salmonella. the re-heating part sounds particularly tempting.

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                                          rudeboy RE: slowcoooked Nov 15, 2013 08:49 AM

                                          How to reheat? Bake it?

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