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Subject: buying smoked turkey legs
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: plibin-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 11 Nov 2002 20:28 PST
Expires: 11 Dec 2002 20:28 PST
Question ID: 105821
My first test of  How exciting!

I just came back from a trip to Disney World where i became overly
fond of smoked turkey legs sold at food stands at Epcot.  Since
getting back home, i've searched the internet for a place to buy
smoked turkey legs but have had no luck.  The closest things that i've
found are:

1. Recipes for smoked turkey legs - this kind of information is
useless to me since i do not intend to make smoked turkey legs, only
to eat them.

2. Places that will sell me either whole smoked turkeys or smoked
turkey breasts - i specifically want only turkey legs and do not want
to buy a whole turkey just to get two legs.

I would be happy with information that met the following criteria:

1. The contact info of a reliable vendor where i could purchase
smoked, ready to eat, turkey legs either on-line or by phone and have
them shipped (quickly) to my Boston, MA address.

2. Failing that, the contact info of a physical store or restaurant no
more than a half hour drive from Boston, MA where i can buy smoked
turkey legs "to go."

3. I am looking to buy the turkey legs in a manageable retail quantity
(let's say no more than a dozen at a time), so a bulk-food distributor
may not be appropriate.

4. I would prefer non-frozen turkey legs but realize that this might
not be possible.

Thanks in advance.
Subject: Re: buying smoked turkey legs
Answered By: cath-ga on 12 Nov 2002 12:52 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear plibin, 

Thanks for your question! 

I contacted the folks at Erlich Foods, who supply Disneyworld with the
drumsticks you loved there. The short answer to your question is that
you can’t get small amounts of those smoked drumsticks right now, but
you will be able to after the first quarter of 2003. You can get
smoked turkey drumsticks now from another company, Shadybrook Farms,
at a Price Chopper store about 30 miles from Boston. Now, here’s the
long answer.

Jim Weston, one of the owners at Erlich Foods, told me that the reason
drumsticks are so good is that they actually smoke them in a smoker
for a
whole day. According to Weston, every other company just cooks them in
“liquid smoke,” which has a strong, different, flavor, and “turns the
skin to
rubber. “

Erlich Foods used to supply Sunday House with smoked turkey legs,
and Sunday House had a machine which could package them in 
pairs. However, Sunday House’s plant burned down, and they’re no
available in small lots. Erlich Foods is working on a packaging system
prepare them in small lots, but it won’t be available until the second
quarter of 2003. The “strips” of 10 drumsticks will be available on
their website then. The website is currently:

That site will then direct you to a  separate site which will sell to
individual customers like you.

If you can’t wait until the second quarter of 2003, you can order a 
30 pound box of the drumsticks now from Erlich. Since the legs average
18 oz each, you would get about 26 or 27 of them.  At $1.50/pound,
that would be $45.00 per box. The shipping cost is pretty prohibitive
they only FedEx them. The shipping could be $100 dollars. They
actually ship them frozen (they have special industrial flash freezers
that don’t mush them up.) They don’t recommend that you freeze
them at home, but they last in the fridge 21 days. The phone number
to order from Erlich Foods is 310- 475-0777. If you are really dying
for that exact drumstick, and with the holidays coming up, maybe you
could buy the 30/lb box, give some away as gifts, and/or have a dinner

Another long-term solution will be: Erlich is trying to “drum up” more
among folks who sell the drumsticks from “carts” like the one that
you yours in Disneyworld. When these “cart” businesses get going in
various cities, Erlich will “nominate” other companies to distribute
the carts. Those major meat distributors can also sell in small lots
to you. You would be able to find out who they are in your city by
going to the
Erlich foods site next winter/spring. 

If you are willing to try another company, there is Shadybrook Farms,
that makes smoked drumsticks. They’re at:

They list three store chains that sell their smoked drumsticks:
Deca, Price Chopper/Golub, and Trucci’s.

The Price Chopper Store closest to Boston is in Marlborough, 25-30
away. It is at 240 East Main St., Marlborough, MA 01752.
Definitely call ahead to make sure they’re in stock or request them.
The phone number is 508-480-0109.

I’m told the nearest Trucci’s Supermarket  to you is in Taunton, about
miles away. All their stores are listed at:

Deca appears to be a chain of military commissaries?

Anyway, I hope you like the ones from Shadybrook, or if not, can
manage to get them somehow through Erlich. 

I searched using the phrases: smoked turkey legs, smoked turkey
drumsticks, and smoked meats. 

Before you rate this answer, please ask me to clarify or add anything
I didn’t address. I will be happy to follow up. All the best, cath-ga
plibin-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
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