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Deep Fried Turkey? #7347277 11/13/18 06:48 PM
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We're doing an early thanksgiving dinner this Sunday and I was put in charge of the turkey. I thought about smoking it, but thought I'd try something different this time! Does anyone have any good fried turkey recipes? I would look at online recipes, but figured y'all know best. Thanks for the help!


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Inject with some cajun injector marinade and fry in peanut oil. Not much else I can think of to do.

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Agreed with the above. One thing to consider is to buy a smaller bird or the outside will burn and the inside still uncooked. Also measure how much oil to use in your deep fryer by submerging your bird in the deep fryer and water. You can then mark the water line to know exactly how much oil to put in the fryer and not have a bunch over flow. It is best to dry the bird as completely as possible so not to get a lot of water splatter as you are dropping your turkey into the fryer. Try to leave the turkey out for a few hours prior to cooking to let the whole bird come up to room temperature so you get a better chance of an evenly cooked turkey rather thank frying a cold turkey.

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What temperature do you recommend to fry at and for how long per pound? Do y'all not season the outside with anything, or do y'all just inject then fry?


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Originally Posted by Txduckman
Inject with some cajun injector marinade and fry in peanut oil. Not much else I can think of to do.


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Originally Posted by B Razorback
What temperature do you recommend to fry at and for how long per pound? Do y'all not season the outside with anything, or do y'all just inject then fry?


I honestly don't think a rub does anything when you fry it as turkey skin isn't that good. Seems tough to me.

I would just follow these instructions on the frying part. If you buy peanut oil it might give instructions on jug. Don't get too big of turkey! And don't stain your driveway.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13824/deep-fried-turkey/

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If you have dogs, don't dump the grease in a brush pile in the back yard. If the dogs sleep inside, you will wake in the middle of the night to puking dogs.

I have been tasked to fry one this year. It's been years. I hope the monster she bought fits in the pot. There'll be ham for backup.


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I inject and rub tonys on the outside of it

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Rubbed with Tony's and injected and fried at 350 deg for 3 1/2 minutes per pound, call me when ready to eat!

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completely thaw the bird then inject with Tony's creole butter (or make your own) and let sit in fridge over night, remove from fridge for a couple hours to come up to room temp, pat dry with paper towels, rub Tony's (or favorite rub) on the outside. peanut oil to 350 degrees, cook 3-4 minutes per pound, cook to breast at 165, thigh to 180.


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I season the skin liberally, salt & black pepper. I love the fried skin, it's my favorite part of the bird.
I think I'm going to fry 2 this year and keep the skin of 1 for my own plate. food

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Get a Waring rotisserie turkey fryer...so much better than the old school fryers. Cooks a 20lb bird in an hour and a half or so, cooks them very evenly and uses about 1/3 of the peanut oil which is expensive. I just mix up my own cajun blend and rub them down, then let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Always tender, juicy and delicious.

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I quit frying turkeys when peanut oil prices got higher than crude oil prices. Shouldn't cost you $40 to cook a $10 turkey.

It's very good though. Recipes above are spot on. Inject, season, and fry. Best thing about fried turkey is that even when you eat it left over, it's juicy and good.

I cook all mine on the BGE now. Awesome as well, just in a different way.

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I think I literally hate the person who started the whole "fry in peanut oil" thing.

Use vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil etc. and never know the difference. I have been doing it for years and nobody knows... not even the people who ask "did you use peanut oil"


Most of the fried turkey I have eaten was injected like others have said and rubbed with mustard and seasoned, they have always been excellent. And its likely not a one of them was fried in peanut oil.


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I've had deep fried turkey. It was fine but not that much better. I think its more of an event than great way to cook turkey. Also, people have been burned frying turkeys.


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This, delicious!

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Peanut oil is not a taste thing. Itís a safety thing. Higher flash point than vegetable oil. Can you use vegetable oil? Absolutely. Just kill your fire when you drop the bird in or take it out.

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You can increase the flashpoint and longevity of vegetable oil by putting half a onion in the oil after you drop your turkey in. The onion releases an acid that does this and it also adds a nice flavor to the bird. An old Cajun trick I learned growing up in La. It works for fish frying also. Seriously, I have probably cooked a 1000 of them and I will put the onion/vegetable oil up against peanut oil any time. Control your temperature to 325 degrees and cook 3 minutes per pound. I try to only cook turkeys no more than 12-13 pounds. I have 5 lined up for Thanksgiving morning already. PSA....Make sure that your bird is completely thawed and dried off before frying. If not, it could be a bomb fixing to happen, both literally and figuratively.

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Originally Posted by NorthTXbirdhunter
You can increase the flashpoint and longevity of vegetable oil by putting half a onion in the oil after you drop your turkey in. The onion releases an acid that does this and it also adds a nice flavor to the bird. An old Cajun trick I learned growing up in La. It works for fish frying also. Seriously, I have probably cooked a 1000 of them and I will put the onion/vegetable oil up against peanut oil any time. Control your temperature to 325 degrees and cook 3 minutes per pound. I try to only cook turkeys no more than 12-13 pounds. I have 5 lined up for Thanksgiving morning already. PSA....Make sure that your bird is completely thawed and dried off before frying. If not, it could be a bomb fixing to happen, both literally and figuratively.
Saw a cooking show on tv several years ago, the cooks at a cafe used a very large cast iron pot to fry chicken. They had loads of sliced onions in the oil.

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