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A turkey fryer is a great way to get a nice, deep-fried, juicy turkey, but there are drawbacks and risks to handling a large quantity of hot oil. Not to mention, there are health concerns that come with deep-fried foods. The Butterball Oil-Free turkey fryer from Masterbuilt offers a simpler and healthier alternative to deep-frying a turkey.
Of course, it’s not really a fryer, per se. It's more like a portable electric turkey roaster. However, the end product is quite similar in nature to what an oil-based fryer would provide.
The Masterbuilt Oil-Free turkey fryer can cook up to an 18-pound turkey, so the unit itself is quite large, and it’s completely electric. Since you can smoke the turkey, however, it’s best to use this model where you have appropriate ventilation. This cooker uses radiant heat in a double-wall chamber to quickly seal the outside of the turkey, while cooking the inside. When all is said and done, the result is a turkey that is golden brown, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
The fact that you’re not actually frying a turkey in oil offers a number of advantages. Most obviously, it’s healthier because no fat is absorbed into the meat that wasn’t there in the first place. It is also safer, and there’s zero chance you’ll be splashed with hot oil. It's cleaner, since there’s no oil to drain and dispose of. Plus, it's cheaper because you won't have to buy a large quantity of oil each time. It also allows you to use dry rubs and seasonings on the meat that would otherwise get washed off in an actual deep fryer.
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This turkey fryer comes with a cooking basket and a lifting hook. There's also a wood chip tray so you can add a slow smoked flavor to the meat and a drip pan to catch drippings, which you can use to make gravy.
The Masterbuilt Butterball Oil-Free turkey fryer is an electric turkey cooker that presents a viable alternative to some of the hassles and issues related to actual deep-frying, while still providing a result that would be acceptable to true deep-fried turkey lovers.