Frying a single Thanksgiving turkey usually isn’t worth the hassle, but a handful of local businesses and organizations are happy to do it for you. I also threw in a few options for buying a smoked turkey, if you want to go that route instead.
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 last year. The Cajun-injected turkeys cost $35 each and can be ordered by calling 512-263-3512. Customers can pick up their birds at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the VFW Post 856, 406 E. Alpine St. in South Austin.
Fatboy Fried Turkeys is the name of Dave and Annabelle Angenend’s fried turkey business. He sells them for $65 each, and they come in two flavors: Jack Daniels Cajun butter or half injected with Shiner Black and the other half with the Jack Daniels Cajun. You can order turkeys, as well as a number of side dishes, online until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at fatboyfriedturkeys.com or by calling 512-699-5687. The turkeys can be picked up before 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at 11906 Hornsby St.
Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate Blvd., has a limited number of fried Cajun-spiced turkeys available, and they cost $65 each. 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 $41.95 each. Order by next Tuesday by calling the store from which you’d like to pick it up.
All the area Popeye’s will have fried turkeys available the week of Thanksgiving. They cost $39.99 if you pick up before Thanksgiving or $49.99 if you want to pick it up on the holiday. Call 512-459-6519 to order.
Red’s Porch, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., has smoked turkeys for sale for $60 each, including gravy. Today is the last day to order by calling 512-440-7337 for pickup on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Road, sells roasted, fried or smoked turkeys for $58.95 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 $80 to $90 each and come with several different options for stuffing inside. They also sell smoked turkeys without the stuffing. You can order them by calling 512-918-1600 or emailing email@example.com.