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The No-Oil Turkey Fryer

– Get moist, flavorful turkey, that is surrounded by a beautifully crispy skin without the risks involved with using a traditional turkey fryer. –


I have always been reluctant to try turkey frying.  I’ve heard great things about the end product… amazingly delicious turkey, but my main concern has been safety.  And it always seems to get reinforced  around Thanksgiving and Christmas time where you can’t get through the holiday without hearing about some devastating house fire on the news that was caused by improper use of a turkey fryer.


After further investigation, I found that Consumer Reports has definitely advised people against using them for safety reasons.  Also the people at Underwriters Laboratories (the organization that puts the UL stamp of approval on electrical appliances) refuse to certify any turkey fryer because the risks of using them far outweighs the benefits of a tasty meal.


The Problem With Oil

One of the main problems is the potential of overheating the oil.  If you are using propane fryer without a thermostat, it is very easy to heat the oil to dangerously high temperatures, where the oil will just spontaneously catch on fire.  A lot of fires actually start as the oil is first heated, before the turkey has even been put into the contraption.  If you do get to the point of adding the turkey, then you have to contend with the hot splattering oil.  Or hot oil spilling out if it is overfilled.  Or the whole thing tipping over.  And the risk just gets compounded if you are doing this on a wooden deck or anywhere near a building…


If you are lucky, and you do have a successful turkey fry, then you need to figure out what to do with all that oil!  You can’t just pour it down the drain.  It needs to be, painstakingly, poured into containers, and then taken to your nearest recycling facility for proper disposal


A lot of work and hassle if you ask me.


Is There Another Way?

Really, though, when it comes down to risking personal safety or property damage, it all boils down to the oil.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could take away the riskiest part of the equation?   If there was no oil, then I know I would be more inclined to try it.  I guess I wasn’t the only one to think this way…


The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer by Char-Broil

The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer by Char-Broil


This “turkey fryer” uses the latest infrared technology to cook turkeys, chickens, beef roasts, pork tenderloins, and other large cuts of meat without the headaches of traditional turkey fryers.  The patented infrared radiant heat system cooks the meat evenly, leaving it moist and full of flavor.  And there is no guesswork to determine when your turkey is done, because it comes with a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of your bird.


To prepare your turkey, you can inject it with marinades, or put fresh and dried seasonings under the skin just like with other fryers.  But, you can also use spice coatings and sauces on the outside of the turkey, which you would not normally be able to use in a traditional oil fryer.  Since you are using almost no oil, you are getting a much healthier meal.  But, there is no sacrifice in flavor, as the meat comes out juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside.  As your turkey cooks, any juices are collected in a heating chamber, which can then be chilled and de-fatted to make great gravies and sauces. 


The unit is built with an enclosed propane burner (only to be used outdoors), and a double-walled heating chamber.  There is a removable wire basket and basket lifter that you can use to move the turkey in and out of the unit.


Clean up is relatively quick and painless, and since there is no oil used for frying, you needn’t worry about environmentally friendly disposal either.  Now I know why they call it The Big Easy!


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