View Full Version : Turkey sources?

03-19-2015, 02:51 PM
Mostly every time I see turkey on a BBQ joint's menu...it's almost always white breast meat. It makes sense, because every time I smoke turkey the white meat is always the first to go.

I really haven't found any places locally I can get only the turkey breast raw at any other time outside of November.

I can get fresh whole turkey at Sprouts all year round thankfully, so no real complaints here about supply.

Now I'm wondering what kind of turkey is being smoked by the BBQ joints? At Restaurant Depot and delis everywhere, there are turkey breasts that are already cooked. I'm beginning to believe that everyone is simply heating up already cooked turkey breast instead of cooking fresh turkey.

Am I wrong? Does anyone know the truth?

03-19-2015, 02:58 PM
I've never seen cooked smoked turkey breast in the store, only the drums. I used to get turkey almost exclusively at Rudy's, and I swear it wasn't reheated garbage. Just some nice juicy and smokey turkey breast

03-19-2015, 03:02 PM
I smoked a fresh turkey breast last Sunday! We got it at Price Chopper (grocery store) I have seen them on occasion at other local grocery stores here but they are hit and miss!! We did hit 2 stores to find one.


03-19-2015, 03:10 PM
Fortunate to have a nearby place selling Amish turkeys & breasts year round. They have frozen breasts all the time and take orders for fresh with a 2 or 3 day notice. They also supply many local restaurants.

For anyone in the Metro Detroit area


03-19-2015, 03:24 PM
Restaurant Depot sells boneless turkey breasts that are frozen and come two to a case. I think they are 10 lbs each. I thought it was what I was looking for but then noticed they had 15% solution and tasted a little too salty for us

03-19-2015, 03:25 PM
hopefully Big Mista stops by as his turkey breast looks amazing in the pics

03-19-2015, 05:14 PM
Albertsons sells whole raw breasts all the time. The last time I was there, they were running a BOGO on them.

03-19-2015, 06:09 PM
Several of the local stores sell frozen breasts.

03-19-2015, 06:12 PM
Ahhhhhh! :tape2:


Pyle's BBQ
03-19-2015, 06:51 PM
You will be hard pressed to find a fresh turkey breast. I get boneless breasts that are enhanced. These run 10-12#. I cook mine as is. If you want to reduce the salty taste in an enhanced breast, soak it in water for a couple hours to remove some of the salt in the brine it was enhanced with. You will pay premium for a fresh breast.

03-19-2015, 06:58 PM
Does anyone really even read posts?

Pyle's BBQ
03-19-2015, 07:03 PM
Does anyone really even read posts?

Yes. I answered the questions asked.

03-19-2015, 07:45 PM
Thanks Pyle's