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Old 07-12-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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Anyone like fried turkey?

I got a turkey fryer a few years ago. I love fried turkey. Anyone else? I just use a simple cajun seasoning/olive oil rub, then I fry in peanut oil. Any other tips and suggestions?

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Old 07-12-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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I love it too. We fried a turkey for the first time this past Thanksgiving after years of talking about it and saying we should do it. It was a huge success and we will be doing it again for sure.

We put a dry rub on it. I was nervous the rub would burn and taste bad, but it didn't. It tasted great.
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Old 07-12-2006, 08:22 PM   #3
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We've fried quite a few of them. DH injects them with a spice mix in olive oil and rubs them down with Bayou Blast or Tony Chacheries the night before he cooks them. He, too, uses peanut oil.
If he's doing more than one, he does the second with a milder seasoning injection, and only uses the olive oil, S&P and crumbled sage on the outside.
It's delicious, both ways. It's amazing how tender and juice the meat is inside that crispy outside.

Just be careful. Frying turkeys is serious business. Always do it outside, in the open. Keep kids and small pets away, and have a fire extinguisher on hand.
And if you're gonna party, wait until the turkey's done. Booze and hot grease don't mix.
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:37 PM   #4
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Does the pope wear a funny hat! i love me some fried turkey, it is just proof that anything is better fried. Now if I could just infuse bacon in it? :)
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:39 AM   #5
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I got a fryer as a birthday gift a few years ago. The turkeys are delicious, always juicy.
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:44 AM   #6
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Ever since i first made one, i make one every year. They are fantastic. I inject mine with strained italian dressing mixed with hotsauce and tony's, also rub tony's on the bird and allow it to marinate overnight. TIP: to measure the amount of oil you will need, put the bird in the pot (pre-maranating) and fill it with enough water to cover it by 2-3 inches, then pull out the bird and where the water level settles, make a mark and that is how much oil to use.
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:47 AM   #7
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TIP: to measure the amount of oil you will need, put the bird in the pot (pre-maranating) and fill it with enough water to cover it by 2-3 inches, then pull out the bird and where the water level settles, make a mark and that is how much oil to use.
That's what I do. It's not really dangerous if you are careful. Like most things in life.

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Do you mean bits of bacon? I have seen a gadget that will inject whole garlic cloves into meat and poultry. It might have come with the Showtime rotisserie, but I would hate to have to buy the Showtime just to get the injector. It might be possible to insert a knife and make a "slots" for bacon. I don't know how that would affect cooking time though, and it seems risky when cooking an entire turkey. Maybe try it with a few chickens first?
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:23 AM   #8
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I can't eat baked turkey after having fried. It's just juicier and the taste is out of this world!!
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:35 AM   #9
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My neighbor just told me yesterday that he is going to fry a turkey and invite some of us over for dinner. This will be my first taste of fried turkey but everyone I know that has done it raves about the taste and the juiciness of the meat. One of my friends fried a turkey for Thanksgiving 3 years ago and said they will never do another roasted turkey again. He brined it in salt and sugar overnight and said it was the best turkey they ever had.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:39 AM   #10
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The guy that got me hooked on fried turkey smoked on this past holiday season and they like the smoked even better! I might have to fire up the smoker soon. Nothing like summer turkey, right?
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