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16 hours ago, Buffalo_Gal said:


Do a brine, the rub may (probably will) come off in the oil. 

 

this was my wife's concern as well.  i don't think i'll have the time to get my act in order for a brine, so i'll try the rub this year, and get into the brining next year.

16 hours ago, davefan66 said:

Butterball XL countertop fryer.  Electric and used indoors.  Works amazing.  

 

Did the outdoor one for years.  Never had an issue, but this one is much easier!  Safe and easy to keep the temperature constant.

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https://www.masterbuilt.com/products/butterball-xl-electric-fryer-by-masterbuilt?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs-Kp57OG5gIVQbDtCh3A1g91EAAYASAAEgIO-_D_BwE

if this becomes a regular thing, i could definitely see this as an option.

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Deep frying a turkey is nothing to be afraid of if you’re not a moron.

 

1. Don’t use too much oil.  IIRC, the last time I did one I used about 4 or 5 gallons of peanut oil.  My turkey fryer “pot” has a fill mark that makes this easy.  Bought it at Bass Pro.

 

2.  Keep your fryer set up on a stable surface and far away from any structures.  Keep the kids inside while you’re doing it.

 

3.  Of course, make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry.  Water + hot oil= YouTube video.

 

4.  Make sure you use a thermometer to maintain the oil temp at around 350.

 

It’s really not that hard.  I’ve never done the seasoning rubs or injections, so I can’t speak to that.  I typically just season liberally with kosher salt and pepper.  Enjoy!!  You’ll be fine.

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36 minutes ago, Johnny Hammersticks said:

Deep frying a turkey is nothing to be afraid of if you’re not a moron.

 

1. Don’t use too much oil.  IIRC, the last time I did one I used about 4 or 5 gallons of peanut oil.  My turkey fryer “pot” has a fill mark that makes this easy.  Bought it at Bass Pro.

 

2.  Keep your fryer set up on a stable surface and far away from any structures.  Keep the kids inside while you’re doing it.

 

3.  Of course, make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry.  Water + hot oil= YouTube video.

 

4.  Make sure you use a thermometer to maintain the oil temp at around 350.

 

It’s really not that hard.  I’ve never done the seasoning rubs or injections, so I can’t speak to that.  I typically just season liberally with kosher salt and pepper.  Enjoy!!  You’ll be fine.

from everything i've read, these are the steps.  i have 6 gallons of peanut oil, so i should be good there.  the pot has a maximum/minimum fill line, so i'm good there too.  my rub is going to be salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a random cajun spice i found.  

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I've done a couple.  Couple of lessons learned (along with those already posted):

 

Don't oversize the turkey with respect to the fryer "pot".

Use the rack and hook to get the turkey in and out of the "pot".  I used a wooden paint stick and a second set of hands to manage this.

Have your chair and beverage of choice ready to go when starting the process.

Sit back, enjoy the time outside.

 

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14 hours ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

Is this why we lost to Cleveland this year?  Maybe the beginnings of a new "curse."

I've never tried this because WTF do you do with the used oil?

 

 

You dump it in the back of your neighbors yard when he is not home.

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5 hours ago, Gordio said:

 

 

You dump it in the back of your neighbors yard when he is not home.

Front porch if they are real jerks......

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To find the volume of the turkey and how much oil to use, take the turkey in the bathtub with you. Subtract your volume when you and the turkey get in the water, and now you know how much oil to use. 

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22 minutes ago, Captain_Quint said:

To find the volume of the turkey and how much oil to use, take the turkey in the bathtub with you. Subtract your volume when you and the turkey get in the water, and now you know how much oil to use. 

 

Maybe it's just me, but I normally get a separate turkey for the tub.

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1 hour ago, Gugny said:

 

Maybe it's just me, but I normally get a separate turkey for the tub.

Thats normal?

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9 hours ago, Gugny said:

 

Maybe it's just me, but I normally get a separate turkey for the tub.

Yeah, if you get 2 identical turkeys one can be the bathtub turkey and the other can be the one you fry. Personally I dont care either way since I'm the one bathing with the turkey, so I know everything is clean.

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9 hours ago, Gugny said:

 

Maybe it's just me, but I normally get a separate turkey for the tub.

no, no.  i'm fine with his suggestion.

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12 hours ago, ExiledInIllinois said:

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  That touched off a few heated arguments with my one uncle many years ago.  He was never into the traditional Thanksgiving meal at all.  

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1 hour ago, RochesterRob said:

  That touched off a few heated arguments with my one uncle many years ago.  He was never into the traditional Thanksgiving meal at all.  

 

I suggested to my wife that we do a prime rib this year instead of turkey.  She looked at me like I had worms crawling out of my eyeballs.

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4 minutes ago, Johnny Hammersticks said:

 

I suggested to my wife that we do a prime rib this year instead of turkey.  She looked at me like I had worms crawling out of my eyeballs.

 

My advice when people want to know how to cook the perfect turkey: "ask your butcher for a rib roast instead."

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I used to work in insurance and there were every year calls from people setting the house on fire. Please be safe and do not use a frozen turkey or too much oil

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22 hours ago, teef said:

from everything i've read, these are the steps.  i have 6 gallons of peanut oil, so i should be good there.  the pot has a maximum/minimum fill line, so i'm good there too.  my rub is going to be salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a random cajun spice i found.  

If you're going to use a rub - put it under the skin. You can get to the meat pretty easily in a turkey.

Brining is really easy. Do it overnight tonight. It'll be ready tomorrow in time for your rocket-inspired deep-fry lift-off. 

Alton's brining and deep frying instructions

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12 hours ago, Captain_Quint said:

To find the volume of the turkey and how much oil to use, take the turkey in the bathtub with you. Subtract your volume when you and the turkey get in the water, and now you know how much oil to use. 

I normally just use my old toaster which is about the same size and weight of a turkey.

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5 minutes ago, Jauronimo said:

I normally just use my old toaster which is about the same size and weight of a turkey.

 

I’ve found that method works best if you plug it in before getting into the tub.

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One kitchen fire today in Schenectady deep frying a turkey   

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On 11/25/2019 at 11:56 AM, teef said:

for the first time this year i'll be deep frying a turkey.  i'm not going to get too elaborate...just a rub on it and into the fryer it goes.  i'm just looking for what not to do.

So how did it go ? Inquiring minds want to know.....or not, but I am curious.

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...a few years ago, people in a house one street over decided to do theirs in the garage......grease overflowed and ignited gas can for lawnmower......house went up in flames....blew out windows at the opposite end....a total loss...........

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