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Oct 29, 2013 04:12 PM

Where to get good smoked turkey?

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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    1. re: kevin

      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.

      1. re: sqwertz

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

        1. re: Rptrane

          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. 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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      1. re: ericthered

        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. 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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        1. re: slowcoooked

          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.

          1. re: sweet100s

            It's definitely as good as it looks.

            1. re: sweet100s

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

            2. re: slowcoooked

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

              1. Traditional Smoked Turkey Breast $49.95

                Habanero Smoked Turkey Breast $49.95

                Salt Lick BBQ

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                1. re: chispa_c

                  I mean a whole smoked turkey, for Thanksgiving

                  1. re: Rptrane

                    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.

                  2. re: chispa_c

                    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.