Deep Fried Turkey has become very popular in the deep south. The deep frying process seals the outside. The deep fried turkey is anything but greasy, actually it’s very juicy. About ten years ago fried turkeys received national press and caught the attention of mainstream America
Safety Tips: Remember you’re dealing with gallons of dangerously hot oil, so make sure there are no kids or pets running around. And you want to wear some old shoes that you can slip out of easily and long pants just in case you do spill some oil on you. Do this outside, don’t make an attempt to do this indoors. Place fryer on level dirt or grassy area. Avoid frying on wood decks, which could catch fire. For safety reasons have a fire extinguisher ready
- 1 turkey
- 5 gallon Peanut Oil
- 1 meat Injector Seasoning
- 1 bottle Cajun Seasoning
- 1 fire extinguisher
- Clean the turkey inside and outside, remove giblets and drain cavity. To measure how much oil you need you put the raw turkey in the pot and add enough water to cover the turkey. Put a mark where the water was at. Take the turkey out dry the pot and fill with peanut oil to the level where you left the mark.
- Season the turkey with meat injector seasonings and rub slightly with Cajun seasonings. Turn on the turkey fryer and heat the oil to 350F. Depending on the amount of oil used, this usually takes about 45 min., (Its not necessary to use peanut oil to fry the turkey; it’s just what’s commonly used because of its flavor as well as its very high smoking point; you don’t want your oil catching fire. Any cooking oil that’s good for deep-frying and has a high smoking point (450F, preferably) will do corn oil, safflower oil, even canola oil.)
- Once the oil has come to temperature, place the basket with the turkey in the pot very slowly. Whole turkey requires approximately 3 minutes per pound to cook. ea. 18lb turkey should take about 54 minutes. Allow the turkey to rest for 20 min.
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