Where to buy fried, smoked turkeys in Austin

UPDATED: In last year’s Thanksgiving food section, we walked you through the steps of frying your own Thanksgiving turkey and in Sunday’s Thanksgiving section, we’ll do the same with brining. However, if you’re looking to outsource your fried or smoked turkey, here are some options for you, beyond what you might find at Central Market and Whole Foods.

U.S. Army veteran Julian Calderon, Jr. and other members of the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans prepare fried turkeys for veterans at the Kerrville VA Medical Center last December. The group sells fried turkeys during Thanksgiving to raise money for its other charitable turkey frys. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

U.S. Army veteran Julian Calderon, Jr. and other members of the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans prepare fried turkeys for veterans at the Kerrville VA Medical Center a few years ago. The group sells fried turkeys during Thanksgiving to raise money for its other charitable turkey fries. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans hosts an annual fried turkey fundraiser to support the group’s other charitable turkey donations, which we wrote about on Christmas Day a few years ago. The Cajun-injected turkeys cost $45 each and can be ordered by calling 512-567-6859 or emailing eeray26@gmail.com. Customers can pick up their birds at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the VFW Post 856, 406 E. Alpine St. in South Austin.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate Blvd., has a limited number of fried Cajun-spiced turkeys available, and they cost $70 each and are available until they sell out. You can pick them up on Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Order by calling 512-899 2700.

Smokey Mo’s, with half a dozen area locations, is selling smoked turkeys for $44.95 each. Order by Nov. 20 by calling the store from which you’d like to pick it up. You can find locations at smokeymosbbq.com.

All the area Popeye’s have fried turkeys available for sale for $39.99. They are pre-cooked and vacuum-sealed, so you’ll have to heat them in the oven, but you can buy them anytime between now and Nov. 23. The stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Red’s Porch, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., has smoked turkeys for sale for $60 each, including gravy. Call 512-440-7337 to order for pickup on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Road, sells roasted, fried or smoked turkeys for $62.82 each each, not to mention all the fixings and desserts. Order online at hooverscooking.com or by calling 512-479-5006.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market specializes in turduckens (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey), which cost between $6 and $8 per pound each and come with several different options for stuffing inside. You can order them at stuffedfoodstores.com.

Bill Miller BBQ is selling small and large turkeys, with a side of dressing, for $42.99 and $74.99, respectively. You can order them at billmillerbbq.com/holiday-meals.

Luby’s sells turkeys in its holiday feast packages, which you can order online at holidayordering.lubys.com.


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