Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? This year has absolutely flown by for me!
So, with Thaksgiving comes a turkey. How are you going to prepare yours? Some folks like to do it the old fashioned way and bake it....for hours and hours. I have even heard that some put it on the grill and cook it that way. Then there's the best way, and unfortunately not the healthiest of ways, deep frying! If you haven't had one cooked this way it is something you have to try. They are delicious!
First of all, you need your turkey and your deep frying unit...of course. Right now, here at Bass Pro Shops, we have a 30qt Turkey Frying Kit for just $49.97 . It has 58,000 BTU's and also a 20 minute timer. No your turkey won't be done in 20 minutes, but this safety feature shuts off the flame after 20 minutes in case you forget about it or have something else you're doing at the same time. All you have to do is reset the time and restart the flame. Simple.
Next you'll need to determine how much oil to use. Do this by placing your turkey in the pot and filling it with water to the appropriate line on the inside of the pot. That should tell you how much oil to use. Then just take out your turkey, dump the water and refill with oil to the same line as the water was at. Set the timer, start the flame, insert the thermometer onto the pot and wait until it gets to 350°F.
Unwrap your turkey and clean out ALL of the cavities. Trust me, there are more cavities with hidden items in a turkey than you might think. Wash Tom Turkey off really well and dry it off. Next, you'll want to inject it with some marinade.
Cajun Injector has provided us with many flavors to choose from. We have everything from hot to sweet to smokey flavored....the choices are almost endless. When injecting your bird, try not to put alot of holes in him. Remeber, the more holes he has, the more marinade will come back out and we don't want that to happen. Insert your injector needle into a meaty part, like the breast, thigh or even drumstick. Shoot some marinade in and then pull it back out slightly and reroute the direction of the needle and give it a little more marinade. I usually use the entire jar, but if you don't know if you will or not, I suggest pouring some of it in a bowl. That way you don't contaminate the entire jar. Perhaps shake a little seasoning around the outside and inside of the bird.
When the temperature of the oil reaches 350°, place the turkey on the rack that comes with your frying kit. I would suggest putting on an oven mit or some type of long gloves for putting the turkey into the hot oil. most importantly... SHUT OFF THE FLAME AT THIS POINT! I promise you will thank me later for saying that. With the hook provided, grasp onto the rack and SLOWLY...oh so VERY SLOWLY, lower your turkey into the hot oil. When the cold of the bird hits the hot of the oil, instantly it will start boiling up and over if your not careful. This is why I suggested turning off the flame beforehand. If you think it may boil over, then just raise the bird up a little until it goes back down. It may take you a little bit to be able to fully emerge it in the oil, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?
When you finally get him in and unhooked, you may restart your flame at this time and the timer. I have always used 3 1/2 minutes per pound of turkey when cooking mine. This seems to work pretty well. Another way to tell if its done is if it floats. If it's floating before 3 1/2 minutes per pound is up I'd either check with a meat thermometer or wait out the time. It may look as if it's burning, but that's just the seasoning on the outside.
Remove this yummy goodness from the oil when it's done and let it drain and rest for about 5 minutes. Then carve away!
When the oil cools completely, you can return it to the container or another container with a lid and reuse it the next time....if your unsure if it's still good to use, take a little taste or even smell of it.
I can smell 'em frying now!
Let me know how your turkey turns out! Happy (and safe) frying!
Camping Team Lead (and Chief Turkey Fryer @ Bass Pro)