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Happy Hapgood
03-21-2012, 11:00 PM
Tried smoking this but it did not work :wink::

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I've deep fried maybe close to 500 Cajun turkeys over the years in peanut oil for Family and Friends. Peanut oil is expensive. I've gone with the Charbroil Big Easy since then and never looked back.

One of the victims:

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The Assault kit:

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Injected and ready:

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Dusted:

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Into TBE:

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About 2 + hours later:

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Partially carved with a bunch of chowhound boys around:

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It's fun and Thanks for viewing!

DMSinTexas
03-21-2012, 11:02 PM
So how long do the oil free fryers (that phrase just sounds wrong) take to cook a bird?

(looks like the post didn't load fully when I asked...thanks for the pics!)

jaestar
03-21-2012, 11:14 PM
Looks pretty good!

cowgirl
03-21-2012, 11:15 PM
Love that AK Toast! :thumb: I like the idea of not using oil... is there a way to get a smokey flavor using the Big Easy?

Your turkey looks great!!



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Happy Hapgood
03-21-2012, 11:19 PM
So how long do the oil free fryers (that phrase just sounds wrong) take to cook a bird?

DMS, They take approx. 2 1/2 hours verses about 45 mins for a 13 lb. bird in the oil. On the oil side, add another 30 to 45 mins to pour and heat oil up to about 325-350, and then add clean up. You come out way better this way. Then there is the cost of the Peanut oil. This stuff ain't Crisco.

Big Bears BBQ
03-21-2012, 11:22 PM
Nice looking bird ............

Happy Hapgood
03-21-2012, 11:26 PM
Love that AK Toast! :thumb: I like the idea of not using oil... is there a way to get a smokey flavor using the Big Easy?

Your turkey looks great!!




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Thank you cowgirl, Charbroil has come out with another rig that's supposed to smoke, grill and do a 20 lb turkey. My rig is good up to a 16 lb bird.

I'm into the fried side on bird. Been thinking about doing a chicken on the WSM though.

Happy Hapgood
03-21-2012, 11:42 PM
Forgot to post this demo on how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWCmhrQapXI

I would put these birds up against any I've done in the past. Ain't it nice living in the 21st century? :mrgreen:

deepsouth
03-22-2012, 07:45 AM
nice post. i got one of these for christmas, but i haven't christened it yet.

El Ropo
03-22-2012, 11:27 AM
The bird looks wonderful. I wonder how much better a non enhanced bird would be.

Southland
03-22-2012, 04:18 PM
I had one and did not like the way it cooked. Gave it to a friend who loves it. My problem is that any flavor will come from the injection and rub. Tried some mods to add wood but due to the cold spot at the bottom that did not work.
Char Broil has a newer model that has a wood box. That should work well.
Another tip is if you are using a digital thermometer, be very careful with the probe wire. The temps out of the top are very hot and will melt the cable insulation. I ruined two cables trying to use the digital.

ThatsWhatSheSaidBBQ
03-22-2012, 04:29 PM
Chicken looks amazing. That bacon AK looks intense! That's the way I wanna go out!

Happy Hapgood
03-22-2012, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the replies Friends. TBE paid for itself the first 2 uses vs. peanut oil.

thoraudio
03-22-2012, 07:42 PM
Love my big easy for a turkey.

For a smokey flavor, you can use the outer ring of a springform cake pan. Put the ring in the bottom and the wood chips on the outside of the ring. It's good but it is smoke flavored and not smoked.

Southland
03-22-2012, 09:21 PM
Love my big easy for a turkey.

For a smokey flavor, you can use the outer ring of a springform cake pan. Put the ring in the bottom and the wood chips on the outside of the ring. It's good but it is smoke flavored and not smoked.
I tried the springform and set the basket on top of the pan. Found that it raised the basket up too high. Wonder if I should have tried placing the pan inside the food basket.
The friend that I gave mine to loaned it to his son and he enjoyed it so much that he got the new larger model for Christmas. Have not seen the new one but seems that the wood box would be a great improvement.
Think it can also be used as a grill.

frohe
03-22-2012, 09:25 PM
We just got the CarBroil electric smoker roaster Saturday. Did a brisket point on Monday and now the flat today. Turkey will soon follow the brisket. :grin:

Happy Hapgood
03-22-2012, 09:31 PM
Thanks for the replies Friends. frohe, You should really enjoy that rig. There is a slight learning curve (in my case anyway). :mrgreen:

Happy Hapgood
03-22-2012, 09:40 PM
Chicken looks amazing. That bacon AK looks intense! That's the way I wanna go out!

Yeah Buddy, I think it might shoot little smokey sausages for ammo. :becky:

parrdist
03-22-2012, 10:05 PM
I got a Big Easy 2 years ago
and like you couldn't see spending all that money for peanut oil. I love TBE it also makes the best baked potato's. Has many uses once you get pass the slight learning curve. Will never over take the love I have for my Ugly Drums, but has a firm place in my cooking arsenal.

mallorjc
03-23-2012, 07:30 PM
Thanks, Toast. Assa lovely bird. Looks similar-enough to the fryers I gave up due to oil pain. My fryer burner now heats my cast iron blackening skillet. Yeah, the spices and injections are up for discussion, and I'm thinking (re:Cowgirls smoke comment) that , after I get my Charbroil, I'll be trying smoking the bird for x time before frying. Anyone - thoughts on opening up the bird for smoke and/or smoking time/temp?

Happy Hapgood
03-23-2012, 07:31 PM
I got a Big Easy 2 years ago
and like you couldn't see spending all that money for peanut oil. I love TBE it also makes the best baked potato's. Has many uses once you get pass the slight learning curve. Will never over take the love I have for my Ugly Drums, but has a firm place in my cooking arsenal.

So True parrdist. I've tried beef and pork but can do better on the WSM. For Bird, I think it's Great! I'll have to try those taters in it.

mallorjc
03-23-2012, 07:48 PM
But then I'm thinkin, Nah, why buy the fryer when we could do this: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125994&highlight=turkey

Is that a kosher way to cite another thread? Thanks, King!

bluegrass smoke
03-23-2012, 07:49 PM
have one love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Hapgood
03-23-2012, 07:58 PM
Thanks, Toast. Assa lovely bird. Looks similar-enough to the fryers I gave up due to oil pain. My fryer burner now heats my cast iron blackening skillet. Yeah, the spices and injections are up for discussion, and I'm thinking (re:Cowgirls smoke comment) that , after I get my Charbroil, I'll be trying smoking the bird for x time before frying. Anyone - thoughts on opening up the bird for smoke and/or smoking time/temp?

mallorjc, looks like you might want to consider The Big Easy SRG. The big brother to TBE. SRG=Smoker, roaster,griller.

Here's a youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA-z2WrYYOk Not the best demo but you will get the idea. You cook by temp, not time with supplied thermometer.

It's hard to beat infrared bird IMHO. Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside. As I previously stated in this thread, It's as good or better than any I've fried in the past.

Happy Hapgood
03-23-2012, 08:09 PM
But then I'm thinkin, Nah, why buy the fryer when we could do this: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125994&highlight=turkey

Is that a kosher way to cite another thread? Thanks, King!

I've not done any bird on my WSM yet. It's hard for me to get away from from fried. I'll have to try it though.

Happy Hapgood
03-23-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks to ALL for the replies.