5 places to get the perfect local turkey for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year—time to “accidentally” eat too much and fall asleep by 3PM. Photo via Unsplash.com

Whether you’re celebrating with friends & family or keeping it socially-distant, Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it. We rounded up 5 of the best places to pick up a locally-grown turkey (or ham) here in Birmingham to make your Thanksgiving dinner one to remember!

1. Evan’s Meats

A Heritage Black turkey from Joyce Farms, the source for Evan’s Meats. Photo via Joyce Farms on Facebook

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a 10-to-14-pound turkey from Evan’s Meats! These all-natural, whole turkeys were raised on small family farms in North Carolina. Evan’s Meats has a limited supply, so be sure to reserve yours today.

Pickup on the following days: 11/20, 11/24, 11/25

2. Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

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Photo via Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods on Facebook

If you’re like me (that is, a danger in the kitchen), the complete Thanksgiving meal packages at Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods is all you need. Both the 10-14 pound and 16-20 pound options include the turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls and three cooked sides.

And if you actually have skill in the kitchen, don’t worry—you can grab either the 10-14 pound or 16-20 pound turkey by itself. Smiley Brothers even offers to smoke or roast your turkey!

3. Mr. P’s Deli & Butcher Shop

To me, there’s nothing better than a nice ham for Thanksgiving. Photo via Mr. P’s Deli on Facebook

Here’s a hot take—I actually prefer ham to turkey on Thanksgiving. I know, I know. But if you’re like me, Mr. P’s Deli & Butcher Shop has you covered this holiday season.

Call ahead to reserve a mouthwatering spiral honey cut ham—averaging between 10-11 pounds.

4. Bates Turkey Farm

Supplement your Thanksgiving turkey with a mouthwatering pecan pie! Photo via Bates Turkey Farm, Inc. on Facebook

Bates Turkey Farm has been growing some of the finest turkeys in Alabama for over 90 years. The Farm can trace its origins back to 1923, when W.C. Bates, Sr and his wife Helen received nine turkey eggs as a wedding present. Since then, four generations of the Bates family have been raising turkeys the old-fashioned way—free range, without preservatives or hormones.

You can pick up your Bates turkey at these Piggly Wiggly locations in Birmingham: 

5. The Cajun Cleaver, Inc.

The Cajun Cleaver is a family owned and operated butcher shop in Hoover, carrying specialty meats and cooking homemade entrées and sides each and every day. In form with their name, The Cajun Cleaver serves up “Louisiana-style” foods with personal service.

This Thanksgiving, the team is offering a Fried Turkey Meal—a 12-14 pound fried turkey, large cornbread dressing, 2 large sides, 1 quart giblet gravy, pumpkin bread pudding and 1 Pan of Millie Rays yeast rolls. Yum!

Order online or call the shop to place your order!

Where is your favorite place to pick up local turkey in Birmingham? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!


  • Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.