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Since the turkey was going to be $125...

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bbqmzungu, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. bbqmzungu

    bbqmzungu Fire Starter

    That's one of the disadvantages of living in Africa.  We priced a turkey for Thanksgiving and a 17 pounder was going to be $125.  No, that isn't a typo. So...  We had chicken instead.  We can get 4 lb chickens here so we picked up 6 (cooking for 30 people).  Three were done in the oven traditional style.  I took 3 and brined them (salt, veggie stock, maple syrup, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper) overnight.  This morning I put them on the "FrankenQue" ugly barrel smoker over some local lump charcoal and mango wood chunks.  I basted it with maple syrup (makes the skin nice and crisp and gives it a sweet/salty taste).  Absolutely wonderful.  The only complaint was my own:  Everyone liked it so much, they ate it all so I have no leftovers for tomorrow's sandwiches.  Oh well.

  2. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All them crazy animals over there and no turkeys????   At least you could have chickens tho. Thats a bad bad deal about having no leftovers.
  3. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Makes me feel better about the 13 lb one I just got for 49 cents per pound with a $25 dollar separate purchase
  4. At that price raise them and sell them..... [​IMG]
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    $125 Turkey! Hmmmmm...... wonder how Otrich tastes when it is brined and smoked! LOL [​IMG]
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now a 125.00 for the turkey is way pout there in price but. I thinkl that I would have to buy a good gun and start shooting other animals that would taste good. Now I had a friend thats a big game hunter and he brought back some Wart hog and it's a ugly animal but my gosh how good it taste. Heck I might try some different heck I hear that you folks have some funny looking deer there too.
  7. bbqmzungu

    bbqmzungu Fire Starter

    Turkeys don't do very well over here.  I think it has something to do with diseases or something.  It's just hard to keep them alive and well.  They don't have horses for the same reason.  We have friends that raise their own turkeys and always buy 2 in an attempt to have one stay alive to get big for eating.  We had to buy chickens as both of the ones they bought for Thanksgiving died.

    As to getting a gun and shooting something else, well... uh... they don't take to kindly to either.  Park Rangers carry AKs and poachers are shot on sight and left for vultures.  I'm not kidding.  I think I'll just stick with chickens.  Seems a better idea.

  8. Holy moley!  $125???

    When we were shopping for our turkey I told my wife that price really didn't matter because we only cook a couple turkeys a year, and what the heck, it's a special meal,etc.

    I'm sure I'm never going to say that again after reading about that price tag!

    Glad to read you were able to get some chickens to fill in for their missing cousin.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  9. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sorry about thturkey, but I'm sure you still had fun with family and friends, and that's what it's all about.