These Turkeys Are Smokin'

For the past 70 years, the Greenberg family of Tyler, Texas has been creating unmatched flavor by expertly slow smoking their turkeys to a delicious mahogany brown hue over hickory fires like their grandfather did when it all began in the corner of his dairy barn in the 1940’s.

Whether you are a loyal fan of this superb, locally-made Texas bird or a slightly wary newcomer, Sam Greenberg will have you convinced with one taste of his turkey. The classic story of this dark, somewhat unassuming bird is told by Mr. Greenberg with a smirk. He says the color of his birds does alarm some first-time customers, like a Dallas woman who called quite upset after receiving a Greenberg turkey for a family gathering. "She said, 'Mr. Greenberg, it's all burned up! It's just not right! I can't serve this! You will have to send another.' I said, you try it. Just try it, if you are not happy I will send you a refund. I had to talk her into it," he says. "About 30 minutes later I get another call. It's the same lady. She said, 'Mr. Greenberg, you're gonna have to send another one. We couldn't stop eating it.'"

We will be sampling this decadent turkey the weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, so we invite you to stop by and taste a slice. Or, just ask our Market and Holiday Hotline Partners – they will tell you how good this turkey tastes!

Because this bird is richer and smokier than other turkeys it is perfect to create other offerings after the main meal is over. Greenberg Smoked Turkey stock (stew the carcass with onions and vegetables) for a smoked turkey gumbo with Andouille sausage, a twist on the perennial favorites with Greenberg Smoked Turkey quesadillas or get out your food processor or blender to create a Greenberg Smoked Turkey paté.

Each Greenberg Smoked Turkey weighs 8-10 pounds, is fully cooked and is ready-to-eat, but keep in mind this award-winning turkey is exclusively available at Central Market stores and Holiday Hotline in November only
Here are a few additional Greenberg Turkey tips:
  • Turkey may be held in the refrigerator six to eight days
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature
  • If heating the turkey, place in an oven bag.  Do not add flour.  Cut six small slits in top of bag.  Heat in a 300 degree oven six minutes per pound.
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11 Comment(s):

Marcus wrote on 12/8/2015 2:29:18 PM

Will your store carry the Greenberg Turkeys during the Christmas Holiday?

laurie wrote on 11/26/2014 7:46:00 PM

I received my turkey and cant wait to try it tomorrow. I have one question though, I dont have any oven bags and the stores are closed now. Is there a way you recommend me warming up this turkey?

LADYBUG wrote on 11/19/2012 4:33:24 PM

Last year was my first year, going to the market and buying one. My husband, listening to the Sirius Radio, calls and tells me to go to and order the turkey this year, after pulling up the website, I go into the breakroom at work and my co-worker is putting the same turkey, I had just reviewed, in the fridge. I asked her how is the turkey because I'm about to order one, and she rants and raves, and says you can go right down the street and get the same turkey at Central Market. They are DELICIOUS, and this year I am buying another one. It's worth the saved time.

Global Administrator wrote on 11/16/2012 3:43:19 PM

Turkeys are fresh

LaVitta wrote on 11/16/2012 10:36:47 AM

Are the turkeys fresh or frozen in your store?

Global Administrator wrote on 11/14/2012 8:38:27 AM

You may pre-order them via our Holiday Hotline and pick them up on the day you indicate, or you can pick one up in store now in the meat market. Every store has them on hand. We are carrying the 9-10 pound turkey which is $54.99.

Kuhl wrote on 11/12/2012 8:34:32 PM

Have enjoyed Greenberg turkeys for years. They are the BEST smoked turkeys around. The broth/stock makes wonderful jambalaya, gumbo, and other rustic dishes. Price? How to order? Where to pick up? Help would be appreciated!

Global Administrator wrote on 11/12/2012 5:29:29 PM

They are exclusive to Central Market or can be ordered directly through the Greenberg's via their website or phone orders.

punkin clawson wrote on 11/12/2012 5:05:45 PM

Are these turkeys only at Central Market ? The butcher at Alon market said he hadnt heard of them.

Global Administrator wrote on 11/12/2012 9:34:41 AM

Abbas - You may pre-order them via our Holiday Hotline and pick them up on the day you indicate, or you can pick one up in store now in the meat market. Every store has them on hand now.

abbas kaka wrote on 11/10/2012 4:50:05 PM

Why is there no information how to order this smoked Turkey ?? Abbas Kaka

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