I'm not sure how you feel about a fried turkey, but I love it! The skin is crispy, the meat is juicy, it's just all-around great . . . except for the 3 to 5 gallons of oil that you need for frying, the 10 hours that you need to get that oil up to frying temperature and the bio-hazard waste barrel that you need to order to get rid of that oil after the job is done. So when this little guy (aka The Big Easy) showed up on our doorstep we had to test him out because to be honest, we were all totally skeptical. No waaaaay was this thing going to make a fried turkey without oil. How would it even be possible? Read on to hear how it turned out, and to get info on how to win one of these machines for your own experiments.We trudged outdoors with our "fryer" and our turkey to see exactly what was going on.
Set-up is easy. You attach a propane tank to it just as you would your gas grill. Season your bird (we added a spice mixture to the outside of half of our turkey just to see what would happen with and without). The Big Easy heats up in no time at all. From what we can tell, the ring of fire between the outer and inner wall creates a convection-like effect that keeps an even temperature circulating in the fryer at all times. Put the turkey in the basket sitting upright and lower it into the fryer. Come back in about an hour or so. You don't even cover it unless it's windy outside. It was as ridiculously easy as that.
The turkey came out with beautiful, evenly golden brown crispy skin on the outside. The spice mixture half did not burn. But the true test would come when we cut into the bird. Would it be juicy after "frying" for an hour? We were impressed! It was delicious! It tasted just like every oil-fryed turkey that I had ever eaten. Juicy, tender—how'd they do that?!?!? This is a Thanksgiving game changer. No oil, frees up the oven, relatively easy clean up, and it makes a great turkey.
Here is a little photo montage of our experience with The Big Easy and because we enjoyed it so much we wanted to give away The Big Easy to make one of your Thanksgiving dinners fuss free.
To enter to win The Big Easy, we want to hear your worst Thanksgiving cooking disasters. Post your train wreck of a story in the comments, below, sometime before the end of the day on Wednesday, November 17. We'll read through your worst holiday meltdowns (humor appreciated) and select a winner, who will, in turn, receive a free Big Easy! Have fun! (Contest rules and information here.)