Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Every year my family gathers together in Georgia to celebrate this “forgotten” holiday. (Everyone knows its over shadowed by Christmas) The women all gather in the kitchen to cook the mac n cheese,collard greens, candied yams etc and my father goes outside to fry the turkey. Ever since we fried our first turkey a few years ago it’s been the star of our meal. This post is dedicated to all those people who want to fry turkeys but never knew how.
First you will need:
- marinade (optional)
- oil (peanut, corn, or canola) about 5 gallons
- turkey frying kit or 40 or 60 quart pot with basket or turkey frying hardware
- thermometer made for deep-frying (or candy thermometer)
- small turkey, 16pounds or less
Pour it in a shallow bowl and fill up your injector. I’ve heard other people do a spice rub on the outside as well, my dad just mixes in the spices with the marinade. Of course the seasning needs to be small enough to get through the needle. This time we used
but after all of that is done you want to start injecting the bird. Be especially careful when injecting the breast so you dont poke the needle all the way down into the cavity. You’ll want to inject the bird from all different directions as well. It should look like this but hopefully less messy lol
My dad likes to let the bird sit while he sets ups the fryer but this part is totally optional. Lucky for us we had the turkey frying kit.Some people like to wrap the cord that attaches the gas to the burner, in aluminum foil. This will prevent a fire incase oil spills on it.
Gently lower the bird into the oil. My dad likes to pat the bird dry to remove any excess oil but if you put it in slow enough that shouldn’t matter.
Yes it looks burnt but it’s really not. And the meat on the inside is fine. We like to place our turkey on a pan lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil. I hope this has helped in your turkey frying endeavors, you can also go to this website for more in-depth directions. And here is a website to get rid of all that oil once you’re done cooking the turkey. Happy Frying!!