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Deep-fried turkey is delicious, but heating gallons of oil can be dangerous and messy. Char-Broil's The Big Easy Turkey Fryer provides an oil-less way to achieve a similar result. This turkey fryer is a propane- powered, infrared turkey fryer that can cook a 16-pound turkey.
This turkey fryer isn’t really a fryer, technically speaking, since you really do need oil to actually fry something. It uses infrared heat to quickly cook the outer skin to a golden brown and seal in the juices. It really functions more like an outdoor turkey roaster. There's also a mesh cover that reflects the infrared heat back to the turkey and lets hot air escape. More heat and less hot air means the turkey won't dry out. Even though this model is oil-less, the fact that it is propane-powered unit means it's only suitable for outdoor use.
The unit is simple to operate. There is a switch for the electronic igniter, and the unit heats almost immediately. Once it's ready, you just put the turkey in the basket and lower it inside – and that’s it. The Big Easy Turkey Fryer cooks at a set temperature, and you can use the included meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature and let you know the turkey is done.
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There are a number of advantages to having an oil-free cooker such as this. You don’t have buy, heat and dispose of 3 gallons of oil every time you want to cook something in it. There are no open flames and no possibility for oil to overheat to a dangerous level. Because you're not submerging the turkey in oil, you can use dry rubs and spices to add flavor to the meat. Plus, you have a healthier meal because the turkey hasn't been saturated by oil.
Char-Broil's The Big Easy Turkey Fryer isn't a true fryer because it doesn't use oil, but the results are is close to true deep-fried turkey. Plus, you can cook up a turkey any time you want without, and the expense and bother of the oil. So even though technically it isn’t a turkey deep fryer, The Big Easy Turkey Fryer is a worthy alternative.