Frying the Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner has become a very popular method of preparing the bird and with good reason — it is fast and the bird comes out moist and tasty with a nice crisp skin.
The problem is that it is a cooking method that like the grill usually falls to the man of the house and men don’t like to read or follow directions, we like to figure it out for ourselves. In the case of deep frying your first turkey that is not the best of ideas.
Think about it for a moment, open flame, big pot filled with oil, nearby propane tank, what could possibly go wrong? This collection of videos we found do a pretty good job of answering that question graphically. The short answer is A LOT.
Here we have more than one don’t. You don’t over fill the pot with oil, you don’t cook inside any structure and you don’t try to put it out with the fire extinguisher unless you know which type to use on an oil fire.
Always dry the turkey well before lowering it sloooowly into the oil, use an injector and marinate from the inside.
Setting up on your wooden deck is not really much better than setting it up in the garage, and never ever call for the hose to put out the oil fire.
Commercially available fryers are not terribly expensive and they come with instructions, the homemade variety — not so much.
Finally, take lessons from an expert — make sure he is a real expert and not this guy’s brother.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.