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The Big Easy Turkey Fryer
A Better Way to "Fry" Your Next Bird
Love a fried turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or just when you're in the mood for outdoor cooking - but you can't stand messing with all the greasy gallons of hot oil? Me, too.
Enter the , the backyard cooker from Char-Broil that's such a big with the backyard chef. It cooks your meat to crispy-juicy perfection with infrared heat - no gallons of hot fat are needed - and it collects the drippings in a tray so you can make gravy too. (Read on for tips and recipes!) Big Easy Turkey Fryer
Like any good fryer, the Big Easy will free up your oven for other dishes when you're putting on a big holiday dinner, and cooks a really good bird. Other meats, too, but for now let's talk turkey...
What I Like Best About Infrared Fryers
No more risk of a flash fire from cooking with hot fat, no more splattering and risk of burns - and no more need to buy gallons of cooking oil only to have to dispose of it later. Tasty, juicy, quick-cooking meat that will win you a whole lot of rave reviews from family and friends. Easier clean-up. And you get the drippings for gravy, just like you used to do with Grandma's roast turkey, yet the oven is still free for other cooking and Dad gets to play chef outdoors. That's a whole lot of WIN.
See It In Action
You can see a pretty good video by Char-Broil on how to use this spiffy infrared fryer right here, but I thought it would be more fun to show you this video review instead. It's by Todd Toven of Colorado, a.k.a. The Rocky Mountain Meat Hunter, who no doubt knows a thing or two about outdoor cooking of big cuts of meat... Here, he shows you how he "fries" a 16-pound bird with infrared heat for a juicy moist bird with crispy brown skin.
Big Easy Tips & Recipes: How To Make the Most of a No-Oil Fryer
Backyard BBQ'ers get so passionate about their approach to cooking their poultry - it's part tradition, part experiment, and 100% chef's own pride - you know everyone who tries the Big Easy has got to tweak the basic cooking method to create his own specialty. Hey, that's half the fun! Here is a selection of reviews and recipes to get you creative in your outdoor kitchen, next time you've got a hankering to sizzle up a meal that's a true carnivore's delight.
- Testing the Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer
Epicurious.com writer Jolene Bouchon gave the Big Easy a thorough test with a ham, a turkey, and six Cornish game hens (not all at the same time, of course!) and presents her results here.
- Patio Daddio BBQ - Tips and Review
"This is a serious turkey cookin' machine!" says Patio Daddio BBQ, giving us a walk-through of how he cooked his first Big Easy bird.
- TasteSpotting - Infrared Fried Turkey
The foodies at TasteSpotting.com give the nod to infrared cooking, rating the results "very close to fried, with none of the inherent hassle, mess, danger and expense."
- She-Smoke - Deep Fried Turkey, Hold the Deep Fry
She-Smoke BBQ blogger describes the experience of cooking a 14-pound bird with a simple rub made by combining a couple of commercial rubs with a bit of thyme... yum!
- Char-Broil LIVE - Fried Turkey "Southern-Style" in The Big Easy
Char-Broil LIVE shares a basic recipe for a classic 'fried turkey' that takes only a couple tablespoons of fat to crisp up the outside and seal in the juices, just the way we like it.
- CustomCatering - Oil-less Fried Chicken Wings Recipe
You'll drool for Aurora Catering's non-greasy Fried Chicken Wings Recipe. In the Chef's Notes they judge that Char-Broil's appliance "does a great job on the wings, they are tender, juicy and cooked to the bone..."
- Char-Broil LIVE - Big Easy Recipes
From Barry "CB" Martin, here's a wonderful collection of recipes for your new Big Easy, including recipes for cooking leg of lamb, whole ham, chicken, fish, and more. Some recipes here may surprise you!
The Joy of Turkey
Safety may be the most important reason to choose a no-oil turkey fryer, but there are lots of other great benefits, too.
Ask yourself, would you rather spend the holidays cleaning up a greasy mess, or hang out with your friends and family in the holiday spirit?
When you choose the Big Easy,
- you're not paying for cooking oil you're just going to end up throwing away after its used,
- you're not waitiing for all that oil to heat up before you can start cooking,
- you're not dealing with the risk of hot splatters that can cause serious burns or a risk of setting your party on fire,
- and you're not stuck with cleaning up a greasy mess after the big holiday dinner, when all you really want to do is sit on the couch and get sleepy.
Not to mention the health benefits of avoiding all that yucky added fat- which, in my books, means we'll all have a good excuse to say "Yes" to the pumpkin pie without too much guilt. ;)
Accessories - You can cook a whole lot more than turkey!
Char Broil's Big Easy fryer comes with everything you need to cook a delicious turkey, juicy on the inside (even the white meat) and with the crispy brown skin we all love. You get the infrared cooker and cooking basket, a lifter, a meat thermometer, and a "quick start" guide to get you chowing down on big chunks of tasty meat in no time - everything except the main course itself!
But if you want to get really fancy, Amazon has a nice collection of optional accessories that will let you really expand the range of food you can cook with your awesome new unit. And don't forget to pick up a cover, to protect your fryer from the weather so you can conveniently store it out on your patio or deck, all ready for use when you're in the mood for a healthy oil-less fried turkey!