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Old 06-07-2018, 08:55 AM
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So I was told the other day that I would be responsible for frying turkeys for thanksgiving and we plan to do it at a five acre parcel my family owns. No running water, no electricity but we can bring a small generator out. I know the original fryers used LP tanks for the burner and then put the 30 qt pot on top. My question are these the most versatile fryer to use, I would like to try other things. The little research I've done there are a lot more options out there from Butterball and other brands. What type are yall using and what else do ya'll make in them? Thanks in advance
Old 06-07-2018, 09:06 AM
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I use an original type with propane tank and big pot. My only advise is not to get a turkey over about 16-18 pounds as the big ones are hard to cook all the way through. I use mine for all manner of things more often than I use it for turkey...low country boil, shrimp/crab, cooking BBQ sop, fish fry.
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Wife got me two electric ones and they were both crap. Finally got a big propane fryer and love it for doing turkeys. They come with a safety timer, which I duct taped so it wouldn't keep shutting off. I start checking the internal temp of the turkey as it approaches the time.
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I have the Bayou Classic and Big Easy Oil-less. Both get the job done with a turkey. The Bayou Classic is more versatile.

Bayou Classic Store - High Pressure Cooker

https://www.charbroil.com/the-big-easy-oil-less-fryer
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How many are you doing?

If just a couple, get yourself a "Big Easy" oil less fryer. Just hooks up to an LP tank. Brine the birds, then cook per the instructions that come with the unit. Results will be great.
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I have used propane for MANY years (15-20 I guess) and couple years ago broke down and bought one of the Masterbuilt/Butterball electric fryers

It works ok , not quite as good as propane if you are doing several turkeys however if just doing 1 or 2 same day works fine

Good also for other things as well but in my case I box it up after every Thanksgiving/Christmas and never get it back out

Damn had to beat propane however with the electric one I can set it up on a table in my garage and sit on couch in there and watch tv and relax Lot easier to use like this and weather does not matter (or falling leaves in fall )
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
I use an original type with propane tank and big pot. My only advise is not to get a turkey over about 16-18 pounds as the big ones are hard to cook all the way through. I use mine for all manner of things more often than I use it for turkey...low country boil, shrimp/crab, cooking BBQ sop, fish fry.
This, love my deep fried turkey. Just make sure you keep the oil at the right temp and its easy. let it rest for a while before carving. Used my set up to do steamed crabs on memorial day, lots of uses for it.

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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
How many are you doing?

If just a couple, get yourself a "Big Easy" oil less fryer. Just hooks up to an LP tank. Brine the birds, then cook per the instructions that come with the unit. Results will be great.
This^. Save your money with the peanut oil and go the BIg Easy route. We opted for prime rib last Xmas and the results were spectacular. No hassle with clean-up, either.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
How many are you doing?

If just a couple, get yourself a "Big Easy" oil less fryer. Just hooks up to an LP tank. Brine the birds, then cook per the instructions that come with the unit. Results will be great.
Yep probably just a few, I'll look at those, thank you
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The electric (and now some gas too!) will not go high enough on temperature. And oil-less is, well, never going to taste as good!

old style ( without safety BS ) propane burner, peanut oil to 400 degrees, figure 3-1/2 to 4 minutes per pound. This is the way to go in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
This, love my deep fried turkey. Just make sure you keep the oil at the right temp and its easy. let it rest for a while before carving. Used my set up to do steamed crabs on memorial day, lots of uses for it.

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I use the traditional propane deep fryer. I also use it for snow crab, low country boils, and boiled peanuts.
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And oil-less is, well, never going to taste as good!


I disagree. Seasoned the same, you’ll notice no difference. This is like smoking a butt at 300 as opposed to 200 (low and slow) No difference that we’ve noticed.

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Originally Posted by fishknut View Post
Yep probably just a few, I'll look at those, thank you
Another Big Easy vote here. I tried numerous methods (though not the oil fryer) before I got mine. Once I did the first one, I have no desire to change to any other turkey cooking method. The bird comes out perfect each time. Nice and juicy. Guests always comment on how good it is.
I've heard a lot of good things about the oil fryers as well, but this is safer and a lot easier to clean up afterwards.
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Blaspehmy!

Dip them birds in peanut oil.

Running a generator to power an electric cooker is the craziest thing ive heard today.

Buy multiple smaller turkeys. Like 10 lbs.
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Just don't be a retard like this guy!
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Do yourself a favor and get a stainless pot with a spigot at the bottom. Makes Turkey frying life SOOO much more pleasurable.
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You aren't really frying turkeys unless there's a decent chance of catching your trailer on fire.
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Big easy!
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With no electricity the propane option might work best. The Butterball electric fryer works great if you want to go that route. A 12 lb bird takes about 40 min.
might want to bring a fire extinguisher in either case.
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Love the big easy!
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