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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

has anyone ever tried smoking turtle?

I have a nice 25 lb snapping critter flushing out in a tub. he'll take a knife in about 3 or 4 days then its into the pressure cooker. to loosen him up.

then next thing I want try is smoking him on rackes in my smoker. any help would be great.

lets here some ideas.


post #2 of 28
Thread Starter 

not one soul here has ever smoked turtle before?

000 come on it can't be tough.


post #3 of 28

Looks like you may be the first. goodluck.gif

post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 

you have got to be kidding,

turtle is so good to eat,

kind of tastes like,,,,,   hum, I know!  aligator tail. 

any one out there ever smoked alligator tail?

post #5 of 28

I have heard its very good, just never had the chance to try it, though I would if it was available. Definitely have eaten Gator, only fried and grilled, never smoked. I would think it would be to tough if smoked but once again not sure. Anybody????

post #6 of 28

I love Snapper Soup, but I never had it with "Smoked Snapper". They look like a PITA to clean, and I heard they have more toxins in them than any other creature, so I forgot about looking into taking one out of my Son's pond & cleaning & smoking it.


Just my 2 cents,


post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 

pressure cook the meat makes soft and tender,

you can cut it with a fork.

just woundered if any one has tried to flavor it with smoke afterwords,

or should i first smoke it then pressure cook it?

going to throw on butterwood.

love the smoke flavor you get off it.

we will be doing 5 whole turkeys, 6 pork rib slabs,

a 20 lb prime rib, and a hand full of broiler chickens.


 sucking down a couple cold beers,

TRY TO get a round or two of 3D shooting (BOW) 5 TARGETS




post #8 of 28

I have eat a bunch of it but never smoked any. They take 3 days to die...yahoo.gif

post #9 of 28
Originally Posted by Roller View Post

I have eat a bunch of it but never smoked any. They take 3 days to die...yahoo.gif

LOL----When I was a kid, I used to shoot them, and take them to a restaurant. The guy used to give me 50¢ a pound live weight. That was a lot of money in the late 50s & early 60s. The guy would ask me how long ago I killed it. He said they have to be really fresh!

So a few days later, I caught one alive, and put a slip-knot around his neck. He was only about 25/30 pounds. So I get to the back door of the restaurant, open the door, and walk him in. I looked over at the head cook who pays me, and said, " Is this one fresh enough for you?"----LOL----Didn't shock the guy one bit---He replied, "Walk that bad boy over here, and I'll give you your money". He gave me a buck a pound for that one!!!

At the time they were paying $1.25 per pound for frozen ones, but that was without the shell, and cleaned.




post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 

I have a borrow pit behind my place it is adjecent to a creek,

there is always a bunch of turtles making their way up and down the creek

with a few that stop in and look around the borrow pit.

i place them in a tank of fresh water changed daily.

this cleans out their system in a week or so.

then debone them and pressure cook the meat, 

the tail  tastes like crock- lobster

the back legs like beef roast.

the front legs & sholder like like pork roast

the neck has a texture and flavor of brisket.

yum, yum,

post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

wow, the turtle turned out perfect,

I'll try to load up some pictures.

got to try butter nut wood guys, it has a rich but mild flavor of hickory,

with a touch of butter  flavor.

the fruit nut is the same style but a little smaller in size. the tree is smooth barked


all the different meats turned out supper,

yum, yum.


post #12 of 28

Sounds interesting would love to see some pics!!

post #13 of 28




always wanted to do this  insert

post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 

697.JPGthought I'd show a couple pictures right, prime rib -left pork ribs 

post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 

picture of the rest all done at the same s694.JPGmoke 

post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 

forgot to show the deer roast its in

front of hte pork ribs699.JPG

post #17 of 28

Real nice pics Elkmaster! Beautiful job on those various meats too!!!


Now you're really ready.


Next thing you do with your next smoke, take some more quality pics for us like these, but try to get in closer on a sliced piece, and give us a nice close-up.


Everybody loves that, except the people who may have to use the same keyboard after us.




post #18 of 28

Will this work? biggrin.gif


turtle fattie.jpg

post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 

now thats a snaper you can eat shell and all, cool.

so the common question does it taste like ?

post #20 of 28

This thread reminds me of when I was a kid....

We used to fish with drop lines for snappers.  All we had was some fishing line with a hook, and a worm on it.  After we caught a snapper or two, we would throw them in a sack and bike 5 miles to the Hopkins House Restaurant.  The chef would pay us $.05/lb, not the $.50/lb. Bear would get!!  We took the change, and headed to the candy store. 


This was a big deal for a couple of kids!


I've had deep fried turtle, but never smoked


Very Cool My Friend!




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