10.26.2010

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

 Let me just repeat myself, The Big Easy Oil-less Infrared Turkey Fryer by Char-Broil. I know many of you, OK perhaps ALL of you are thinking "infrared" turkey fryer? WHAT?!? She must be nuts! But I swear I'm not, because FoodBuzz and Char Broil sent me one to try out as part of their taste maker program so it has to be real, right?

Well it is real folks! It is real and it works. Now I don't own a deep fat turkey fryer because my first introduction to one was watching it catch a pot holder on fire and subsequently send everyone at the party running for cover. It was, to say the least, a little scary. After that little incident I had no desire to ever own one even though I did like the idea of a quick cooking turkey.

Now I can have a quick cooking turkey that takes a little longer but is not so scary to have around. The Big Easy takes about 10 minutes per pound so my 12 pound bird took 2 hours. There is no warm up time needed you simply turn it on and and you are ready to cook. No oil to fill, filter, heat up or cool down or be afraid of, I LOVED this thing. And I don't have to buy oil every time I want to use it, that's a big savings right there!
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Big Easy, besides the quick cooking time, is that your oven is now completely at your mercy! You can make extra stuffing, fresh pies, all the squash you might want, rolls and whatever else your Thanksgiving meal demands and still have a delicious turkey cooked perfectly that you hardly have to fool with. I checked on my turkey several times yesterday but it was pretty much hands off.



 I think I was more worried about running out of propane than I was about taking care of the turkey. And on a propane note, my tank was NOT full, I'd estimate I had MAYBE a quarter tank left and I never ran out. I sent my husband to get another full tank just in case but I didn't use it. Had I used my grill for two hours my 1/4 tank of propane would have been long gone. So while I can't say it went light on the gas I definitely felt like I got a by on very little.



And finally the taste, heavenly. Juicy, crispy ALL the way around no mushy part that sat in pan juices for six hours. It was a perfectly cooked bird. All the juices ran down in to drip pan that can be fitted with little foil pans. If you want the best gravy ever, just take those drippings, boil them hard reduce the heat and add a cup of two of milk mixed with  some flour. Whisk this over medium heat not boiling just cooking until thickened, then cook another 2 minutes or so. My husband said this was the best gravy he'd ever had. Hmmpf!
All in all a great experience, thanks FoodBuzz Tastemaker Program and Char-Broil, we love the Big-Easy and can't wait to try some ribs, a prime rib roast and a LOT of roasted vegetables.

Peace and Love--

6 comments:

  1. I received one too. I really was so pleased with it. It was easy and the turkey was super, super tasty!

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  2. What the he'll man. I get a box of cereal through tastemaker and you get an infrared turkey fryer????? (major jealousy) it looks awesome Laura and I'm pleased to report you sound 100% normal to me! No Fargo accent detected!

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  3. Totally nifty! James likes it, too. I'm afraid of going to look and see how much it costs, but it's neato.

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  4. I actually saw this post the other day and forgot to comment. I just think that is such a cool invention. Who knew?!

    PS. I just got my Brillo pads- thank you!

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  5. What a great idea, and a whole lot healthier too!

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  6. Is it that much better than just cooking on a gas grill? My husband cooks our turkey on our Weber, I can't see buying another (large) piece of equipment just to cook turkeys.

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