Deep fried turkeys as Thanksgiving feasts have been rapidly growing in popularity for the past few years. It’s no mystery why, really. Deep-fried turkeys are succulent, tender, juicy, and boast a crispy skin that can’t be beat! Plus, a deep-fried turkey cooks much faster than those that are roasted. It goes without saying, though, that one should be very careful when cooking with hot oil.
Set up your pot somewhere outside that is level and away from any trees or structures. You’re going to want the oil to 4-5 inches below the top of the pot, so be sure to calculate the displacement that the bird will cause when added to the pot. If you don’t want to guess, add water to the pot first and then lower the turkey in to see how much oil you’ll need. Then pour out the water and dry out the pot.
Fill your pot with the frying oil and fire up the propane, which should take about a half hour to preheat your oil to 250°F. While the oil is heating, tend to your bird. Pat it dry, inside and out, and add your seasoning or rub.
Once your oil comes up to temperature, it’s time to add your turkey. If using a basket, lower it, empty, into the oil for thirty seconds to prevent sticking, and then pull it out again. TURN OFF THE PROPANE!
Now, SLOWLY lower the turkey into the oil very, very carefully. Once the turkey is in the pot, turn the flame back on and heat the oil to 350°F. A turkey in the oven takes about 20 minutes per pound. A bird in the oil takes about 3-4 minutes per pound. Assuming that you have a normal-sized turkey, you’re going to want to start checking the temperature after about 30 minutes using an instant-read thermometer.
Once your temperature reads 155°F, it’s time to pull the bird out of the oil. Once again, TURN OFF THE PROPANE. Then carefully remove your turkey to a platter and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. In that time, the internal temperature will increase to 165°F, which is the safe zone for poultry. At that point, carve away!
K&B True Value carries everything that you need to fry your own turkey this Thanksgiving. In fact, we carry everything you need to whip up your own Thanksgiving feast including pots, pans, measuring cups, mixers, thermometers, kitchen twine, and anything else you could possibly need! We’ll even sharpen your kitchen knives for you!