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Unread 11-23-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Before I began, NO PRON! I know but was too busy doing other stuff. Did a test run 4 days ago with my new father's day gift. I can tell you I will never buy another gallon of peanut oil (at least not for turkeys). Clean up is so easy, bird taste as good, meat as moist, and no oil mess to deal with or filter. I was skeptical at first but now am converted. Only downside it took like 2.5 hrs vs. 1.3hrs to cook. If you haven't tried i suggest you do. Doing another bird wednesday for work, promise to get pron.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 04:25 PM   #2
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I take it you got one of the Big Easy cookers?
Todd (plowboy) has said basically the same thing, they turn out pretty good grub.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 04:28 PM   #3
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Huge surprise. I think the best two things are 1. You can pull bird out, check meat temp, throw back in if needed without any hassle. 2. Cleanup consist of basket and pot(very easy)
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I was just casting a longing glance at one of those yesterday. I wonder what else could be cooked in one of those???
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A guy at work has been raving about these for a week or two now. He said it is a great way to do potatoes as well. Said they cooked in no time, and the skin was nice and crispy, with a fluffy interior. Said he had them around the turkey part of the way through cooking. Sounds interesting.
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Haven't tried but they claim roast,chicken, etc... I don't see why not. Meat gets the heat like oven but not the dry air like oven, keeps meat moist I'm sure.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 05:24 PM   #7
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I'm running out of excuses as to why I need another toy for cooking....going to have to come up with a doozy to explain getting this one....I guess the price of oil might be a good starting point....going to research this one for sure....glad to see some good feedback on it so far.
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I got one of those a couple weeks ago.Lookin forward to doin our turkey as well!!
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Unread 11-23-2008, 06:38 PM   #9
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Very easy to do. Makes the clean up a snap. Unless this thing doesn't last long I will never go back to deep fried (oil). Cost of oil alone it will pay for itself in 2 years.
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I got one last year,safe, easy to clean, no oil to buy. They cook great. Some one posted last week and had even done bread.
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Hiya - I write the web log for Char-Broil called Sizzle on the Grill. You can check out the Users Forum for The Big Easy and get a good sense of what others are saying, the initial problems some have and generally understand the wide range of uses this infrared cooker has. It is definitely not 'low & slow' and was never designed to be anything by a oil-less fryer. It can do roast chicken, duck, goose, lamb, pork butt, prime rib, vegetables, meat loaf, etc. The actual cooking time for a 12 lb turkey is longer in The Big Easy than a fryer, but no pre-heating and no worry during cooking about simple mistakes that could turn into disasters and very little clean-up. The cost savings are obvious - no oil to buy. At around $10+ per gallon, that's easily $40 per use (unless you filter and freeze for later use - yeah right.) So it kinda makes sense. It's not precisely the same as frying - but you can do a rub on the bird and/or an aromatic stuffing.


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My Sam's Club has them marked down to $99.00. I thought about it for a minute but then I thought about all my ongoing projects. Now if CB was to give me one to review...
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I have a buddy that got one a few weeks ago and he has nothing but praise for it. He has done birds and butts with great results. They are a decent price too. I might reserve buying one until I see how long they last.
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