Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey
I know this isn't a barbecue or grilling recipe, but folks sure do love to fry up a turkey now and then, especially during the holidays. So read carefully, follow instructions especially regarding the burner and flame, and enjoy! I recommend marinating the turkey for at least a full 24 hours, if not 2 to 3 days before deep frying. I put the turkey in a 30- or 32-quart pot and cook it over a gas flame burner.
kitchen syringe large fryer (30- to 32-quart) with basket or holder
For the Injection Marinade:
For the Canal Street Rub:
For the Turkey:
Mix the marinade ingredients together, then add enough water to make 1 quart of marinade.
Mix the rub ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Remove giblets from turkey, wash the bird and pat dry, especially inside the cavity. Using a kitchen syringe, inject the turkey with the marinade in multiple locations in each breast and each thigh/leg. Rub inside cavity and the complete outside of the bird with the seasoning rub. Refrigerate turkey for at least 24 hours, but if you can, place in a plastic garbage bag and seal, then refrigerate for 2 to 3 days.
You need to measure the amount of oil before pouring it into the deep fryer. Place turkey in empty pot, pour in water until turkey is covered by about an inch, then remove turkey and dry it thoroughly. Mark the remaining water level in the pot with a marker or crayon, pour out the water, dry the pot thoroughly, add oil to the mark, and begin heating.
Using a frying thermometer, heat peanut oil in deep fryer to 360°F (182°C).
Place bird on turkey basket or holder. SHUT OFF FLAME. Slowly lower into the oil, stopping and lifting it slightly as needed to prevent splattering, until the bird is submerged. TURN FLAME BACK ON.
Cook 3 to 4 minutes per pound. DO NOT LEAVE THE POT UNATTENDED WHILE COOKING. When turkey reaches the proper temperature (breast 160°F (71°C), thigh 175°F (80°C)), TURN FLAME OFF. Slowly lift the turkey out of the pot and drain it on paper towels. Let the oil in the pot cool down at least an hour before you try to move it.
Let turkey sit for 5 minutes, then carve and enjoy.