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Old 11-10-2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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I am going to deep-fry a turkey ..

i have never done this before .. should i brine it first
or will that be to much liquid in the oil .. i have searched and
can not find anything about it .. everywhere i look says to rub
and inject .. any help is appreciated ..

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:17 PM   #2
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No need to brine it, but brining will not hurt anything. Just make sure to dry the bird well before putting it in the oil. I was not crazy about using a dry rub. It was not bad by any means, but it did get darker than I wanted. I would either inject it or add flavors to your brine.

Try doing a dry run with a chicken first to see what you like and don't like.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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What GB said.

Brining helps protect a bird from drying out when you are cooking with dry heat, usually over a long period of time.

Deep-frying a turkey is a quick cook in very hot oil, so brining isn't warranted.

Patting the turkey as dry as you can get it before you lower it into the oil is VERY important, so keep that in mind after you inject.

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:23 PM   #4
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Friend of mine does this every year. I don't believe he brines... would have to ask to be sure though.

All I can really contribute (beyond "watch your butt when you put the bird in") is "Make sure you have enough oil before starting."

First year he did the deep fried turkey bit, he didn't have enough oil. (the jug was a 3 gallon, not a 5 gallon like he figured. So we had to run around to four different stores looking for another jug of oil.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:30 PM   #5
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My Tip....Lower the bird into the pot. Fill with water to about 2 inches above the bird. Take the turkey out. Notice the water level, and mark it somehow (on the outside of the pot) That is how much oil you need! This must be done for each bird because of various weights.

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:33 PM   #6
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thanks all .. i didnt think brining was neccasary ..
uncle bob .. great idea .. thanks ..
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:15 PM   #7
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Like Uncle Bob mentioned and Alton Brown does as well....

Deep-Fried Turkey Recipe: Recipes: Food Network

Also saw a show today with Paula Deanne about frying turkey so maybe you could look that one up on food network.com
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:25 AM   #8
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We've done this a few years,measure for the oil like uncle bob said, we have always injected the turkey with marinade,have never tried dry rub or brine, if you do brine make sure all the excess water is off and out of the turkey or the oil will go everywhere(had it happen the first time when I didnt tip turkey up to get water out of the inside). This Turkey is addicting, everytime we have fryed one no one can just leave it, everyone usually picks the bones clean while cleaning up. I would love to do it this year, but hubby hunts and doesnt want to come in early to cook. Good luck I hope yours turns out as well as ours has.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:58 AM   #9
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Just be sure to do it safely no kids or pets around you at all also its good to do it not to close to the house etc as many house fires have occured over a spilled turkey fryer.Make sure your fryer is really stable.Im sure others will have more suggestions on safety
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:40 PM   #10
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Yeah I have one to add jpmcgrew...no drinking!
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