The Big Easy® Southern Thanksgiving Turkey

15 mins
2 hrs
8-10

Give your guests a taste of the South with this Southern Thanksgiving Turkey recipe. Thanksgiving is that special time of year when family and friends gather around a delicious, golden-fried turkey. This Thanksgiving, use The Big Easy to get the signature crispy, savory, taste of fried turkey without all that oil. Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll!

The Big Easy® Oil-Less Turkey Fryer is powered by TRU-Infrared™ technology and requires no oil to operate. You get all the benefits of fried turkey, without waiting for the oil to heat or hassling with disposal.

Ingredients

FOR THE TURKEY

  • 1 (12-13 pound) whole turkey
  • 2 tablespoons high temp cooking oil

FOR THE RUB

  • 6 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 teaspoons chopped, dried rosemary
  • 4 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Ingredient Tips

THAWED TURKEY
The turkey must be completely thawed with neck and giblets removed before cooking.
NO STUFFING
We don’t recommend stuffing the turkey because stuffing blocks airflow inside the bird’s cavity and prevents it from cooking evenly.
HIGH-TEMP COOKING OIL
High-temp cooking oil, such as peanut, canola and avocado oil, is oil that smokes at a higher temperature or smoke point, producing less smoke at lower temps.
NO SUGAR
Your rub and/or marinade should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.

Directions

Step 1 Of 8
1
Power up The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer.
Hot Tip
The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.
2
Rinse the turkey thoroughly in cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
3
Apply dry rub to the outside of turkey and between the skin and the meat on the breasts, legs and thighs.
4
Lightly spray or carefully brush oil, using a basting brush, all over the outside of the turkey.
5
Place turkey in the roaster basket with the legs down. Lower the basket into the cooking chamber. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast so that the tip does not touch bone and the dial is easy to read when the basket is in the cooker.
Hot Tip
To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the cooking basket with oil before inserting turkey.
6
Cook until the turkey’s internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 2 hours. Cook time varies based on weather conditions and the size of your turkey.
Hot Tip
Cover the fryer with the wire mesh lid during the last 15 minutes of the cook for crispy skin, using infrared heat reflected back into cooking chamber. If used throughout cook, this heat can burn food before it is fully cooked. 7
7
Lift the roaster basket out of the cooking chamber and set it on a shallow sheet pan. Allow the turkey to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, remove the turkey from the basket.
8
Carve and serve with all the holiday trimmings.
Hot Tip
Call our Turkey Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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