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Midnight Smoke
11-20-2010, 11:04 PM
Since it is that time of year again and Turkey's all over the place are being offered for your TG feast. I thought it would be cool to see the range of pricing per pound the stores are charging. What happening in your area this year?

Tucson AZ, Albertson's Butterball $1.39 per lb, Honeysuckle White .39 lb or .29 lb with $25.00 purchase.

I broke down and picked up a 22lb Butterball $30.50 for the oven, because I really like them. I also picked up a 14lb Honeysuckle for the EGG for .29lb about $4.00. May get another couple of these. We have about 25 coming over for dinner.

mmmmeat
11-20-2010, 11:12 PM
Frys had the same type deal, cept .25 per pound after 25 dollar purchase that's what we got

realspaazz
11-20-2010, 11:20 PM
Looks like the best deal here is $0.58 a pound for jenny-o turkey at wally world. several other places have the same price, but have a minimum purchase requirement. Winn-Dixie has wd turkeys for $0.69. I got my test turkey from Sam's for $0,89. we will see how that one comes out on the WSM before deciding if we are eating smoker cooked bird or my famous oven bird.

bigabyte
11-20-2010, 11:29 PM
We have two attractive deals here, neither as good as last year, but still pretty dang decent. One is Price Chopper has turkeys at $0.69/lb with a $25 store purchase, and the other is at Hy-Vee where you buy a ham at $2.99/lb and get a free turkey.

blackdog043
11-20-2010, 11:35 PM
Harris Teeter $0.99 a pound for natural non injected turkey. Picked up a 14 lb for the UDS
Butterball fresh $1.49
Butterball frozen $1.29
Butterball for the oven, in case some don't like the smoked bird.

Vince B
11-20-2010, 11:35 PM
I got a fresh all natural butter ball at the local grocery store today for $2.29lb. Went to Costco later today to get my peanut oil for the fryer for Thursday and just had to go take a look in the meat department to see what they had. I'll be damned it was $.99 lb for the same bird! :doh:

anojones
11-21-2010, 12:00 AM
$2.75/lb- local farmer- free range but raised on feed, got it day of slaughter and picked it up from the back of her truck. I have to say I ordered it several months ago. Lucky for me she lives down the road.

BruceB
11-21-2010, 12:17 AM
Costco here had Butterballs minimally processed with less than 5% water retained, for $0.99/lb; picked me up a 19 and 13 pounder.

BIGBrandon2785
11-21-2010, 01:35 AM
St.Louis

Schnucks,has a turkeys .32 cents a pound after 50 buck purchases.

BBQ Grail
11-21-2010, 01:45 AM
I will pick up my free range, grass fed turkey on Tuesday from the butcher. It's somewhere in the $2.25 per pound range.

It seems like a lot to pay for a turkey, but once you've eaten a turkey that hasn't been frozen and isn't pumped full of chemicals and other stuff you'll never eat a cheap frozen turkey again.

aquablue22
11-21-2010, 07:16 AM
Publix has Butterballs for 59 cents a pound. Sweet Bay and their brand for 30 cents a pound. I ordered a 12 pound free range, all natural bird, free range bird from a local farmer also. Pick it up as soon as they ring it's neck and pull the feathers on Wednesday.:-D

Buster Dog BBQ
11-21-2010, 09:51 AM
Target here had butter ball for 66 cents pound. I bought 5

RDOwens
11-21-2010, 09:59 AM
Well, there's the free turkey my wife gets from the supermarket for spending $300 or more over the last month. :)

I go for the cheap and enhanced birds from Super Walmart. These were from last week.

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Ron_L
11-21-2010, 11:04 AM
$1.99/lb for fresh, free range, all natural. I pick it up on Wednesday morning and then it goes into a brine!

Spydermike72
11-21-2010, 11:09 AM
In Michigan the best deal I found (and I didnt look to hard) was .49/lb with an additional $10.00 purchase at Krogers.

Went the all natural route the last few years and didnt see a big enough difference to pay $2.00 more per pound...

Campfire Girl
11-21-2010, 11:46 AM
I agree with Mr. Grail. A free range turkey can't be beat. Of course you have to be able to find one.

JD McGee
11-21-2010, 12:03 PM
All natural Foster Farms at the local Costco for .88 lb...gonna grab a couple today...:thumb:

feltrider99
11-21-2010, 12:30 PM
Smith's here has either a 14-16 lb hen for $1 or a 20-24 lb Tom for $3 with purchase of 5 12 packs of Coke products at $14. I have picked up two of the butter basted hens that way (got to keep my fridge at work stocked with Coke Zero anyways :icon_blush:)

JD McGee
11-21-2010, 12:33 PM
I agree with Mr. Grail. A free range turkey can't be beat. Of course you have to be able to find one.

Fresh free range birds 1.99 lb at QFC (http://qfconline.inserts2online.com/itemResult.jsp?txtSearch=turkey#).

Beerwolf
11-21-2010, 12:37 PM
Ill stay with the 8 buck specials at Safeway and brine the hell out of them.... My family doesnt know the diff

anamosity
11-22-2010, 01:30 PM
We have local Hutterite Colonies here.
I got three 16 pounders at 1.30 a pound.
All fresh, never injected.

deguerre
11-22-2010, 02:34 PM
Haven't really paid attention. Got a butterball whole breast a couple months back that was on sale that's been in the freezer waiting. Kroger has Honeysuckle for 39 cents with an additional 10 dollar purchase I think. I did get a nice 5 pound duck last week for $1.99/lb. Got two corned beefs on sale too to make pastrami with. Didn't even look at the turkeys...

thomasjurisd
11-22-2010, 02:42 PM
Here in Houston they've got the typical deals on Jennie-o but the one that caught my eye yesterday was the .97/pound fresh at Kroger, which is about what I expect to pay based on past experience.

chuckd83
11-22-2010, 02:58 PM
I got a fresh all natural butter ball at the local grocery store today for $2.29lb. Went to Costco later today to get my peanut oil for the fryer for Thursday and just had to go take a look in the meat department to see what they had. I'll be damned it was $.99 lb for the same bird! :doh:
Costco here had Butterballs minimally processed with less than 5% water retained, for $0.99/lb; picked me up a 19 and 13 pounder.

I bought several of those from Costco since I'm smoking for a BIG family. As far as "5% water"...can I brine those? Last year I brined a turkey that I later found out had "up to 15% solution" already. It was SALTY. Don't want to make the same mistake this year.

D.F. Expat
11-22-2010, 04:41 PM
Been looking everywhere down here, cheapest I can find is about $45 pesos/kilo (about $1.75 +- per lb) They have a huge market here where I can get one fresh for not much more( about $60 pesos per kilo) so I think that's what I will end up doing.

1FUNVET
11-22-2010, 04:47 PM
.27 per lb with a 20.00 dollar purchase here. I got 3 cause i like to do one for Christmas and they are never on sale then.Also this year the in-laws are coming for New Years weekend and i can feed 'em for cheap :laugh:

flyingv4me
11-22-2010, 04:55 PM
$.29 per pound at various places here in Richmond, VA. Freezer has a couple: 14 pounds and 16 pounds. Neither will be thawed for Thanksgiving. A buddy is bringing over a fresh bird Wednesday evening from his farm. I can't wait!

thomasjurisd
11-22-2010, 05:39 PM
$.29 per pound at various places here in Richmond, VA. Freezer has a couple: 14 pounds and 16 pounds. Neither will be thawed for Thanksgiving. A buddy is bringing over a fresh bird Wednesday evening from his farm. I can't wait!

I have never been blessed with the farm fresh experience but I would bet that one decapitated the day of would be impossible to beat...

keale
11-22-2010, 05:42 PM
Here in hawaii, we pay an arm and a leg for groceries, but this year a local store had Norbest turkey...Toms...for 2.99 lb. a bird up to 16 lbs. anything over was 3.49 for the whole bird.

txschutte
11-22-2010, 05:45 PM
Whatever the HEB in Cuero has on sale....

toadhunter911
11-22-2010, 05:47 PM
In Michigan the best deal I found (and I didnt look to hard) was .49/lb with an additional $10.00 purchase at Krogers.

Went the all natural route the last few years and didnt see a big enough difference to pay $2.00 more per pound...

That's what I found too. I already have my birds, but I'm going tomorrow and picking up a couple for the freezer.

igolf2
11-22-2010, 08:27 PM
Ohio - Giant Eagle - Turkeys are .49 lb. - always stock up and put 3-4 in the big freezer for winter.