Turkey question.. your opinion wanted

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by chefal, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    I will be doing my first Thanksgiving smoke soon.

    Is there a taste difference between boy (tom) and girl (hen) turkeys?

    I am going to get a fresh turkey if they aren't too expensive. The frozen free range ones were $5 a pound (ouch)!!
     
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Can't remember which is which but I know that one is more tender when younger and one is more tender when older, and reversed.
    I'm sure someone who knows will let you know shortly.
     
  3. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't know for sure.


    But I can tell you that no turkey is worth 5 dollars a pound IMHO.
     
  4. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    Couldn't agree with you more, Ron. They should all be on sale shortly so we will see.
     
  5. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Typically the younger the better for either, but, hens are more tender than toms.
     
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I cann't recall if the turkey that I have gotten in the past was a tom or a hen I thought they were turkerys. This year I will look to make sure. Then it most be true that even girl birds are tender and sweet hum. Go figure.
     

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