Saturday, December 5, 2015

Brine and Fry Your Holiday Turkey!

This Thanksgiving my wife and some friends and I decided we wanted to fry a turkey as we have heard it was delicious... however, being the guy that doesn't take the easy way out of a holiday meal, I decided I would brine the 14 lb-er before going for the fry.

Below are the ingredients of the dry brine mixture used:
1 1/2 cups of large grain salt (preferably white, but you can do pink, black, whatever)
2 TBS of garlic (3-4 cloves depending on size)
2 TBS of black pepper corns (or whatever pepper corn you think will add a good flavor to your turkey)
1 TBS orange rind

Now, mind you, a 14 lb turkey is an average size guy that really doesn't require all that much seasoning. 14 lbs is also the limit for the 
turkey fryer I bought. So if you are able to get a larger pot and a larger turkey, you'll have to fiddle with the amounts, but for us it was just right. The other thing I did to release some of the flavors was that I crushed all the ingredients together in a sandwhich bad. This made the brine pretty strong and thus the taste of the turkey was very perceptible. These fryers actually use peanut oil that I actually got from Home Depot, but you can click here for a link too. Don't use another kind of oil!!!! They don't work! Many of the giant turkey fire bombs you see online or on TV are caused because people opt for a "cheaper oil" that boils at a lower heat and causes a lot of splatter. DO NOT DO IT!

Here is a video of us frying the turkey:

I have to say, be sure to follow instructions given to you in the set that you get to fry your turkey! If you are hesitant at all about whether your turkey will fit without the oil spilling over, TAKE IT OUT. Also, we all know that water and oil don't mix well. In this case, that goes double! Any water or non-thawed piece of turkey will basically explode in the pot so... THAW THAT TURKEY! Don't take any risks at all with this, it just is not worth it! That being said, this was one of the best tasting, most flavorful turkeys that I have ever made. Very great experience and one that I will certainly do again.

Here are a few pictures of the finished product...