The last 2 Thanksgivings I have used the standard basket that came with the "Big Easy". We usually feed a large number of people and therefore we buy a 17-19 lb bird. It was very difficult to get the turkey in and out of the original basket. We would end up tearing up the bird in order to get it out. Now with the new Hinged basket it is super easy to load and unload the turkey. You do have to be a little more careful when handling the basket that the latches don't come undone until you mean for
... read more them too but that was simple enough. I can now get a over sized bird out of the basket without tearing up the meat or getting frustrated and burning my hands/fingers. I highly recommend this hinged basket if you find yourself cooking birds on the high end of the recommended size 17lbs or more. This will make your process so much faster and with less frustration.
1 year ago
I bought this a short while ago. I previously used the basket that came with the smoker.....which works great but depending on what you're making, it can be very difficult to get your bird or brisket or whatever our of the basket at times....some parts tend to stick to the grating, so having the hinged do eliminates that problem and there's zero issues getting whatever you have in there out without a fuss!
1 year ago
The hinged basket makes it so much easier to pull large items like whole chickens, turkeys, and roasts out. My only problem is if the hinged basket cost the same to replace as the unhinged basket, why even have the unhinged basket? I have seen no benefit to the unhinged basket but loads of benefits with the hinged.