I have used my infrared turkey fryer for a few years now and am still very happy with it. I have cooked lots of turkeys in outside temp anywhere from 20 degrees to 90+ degrees and it always cook the turkey great. Granted the wings and drumsticks get a little crisp, but the important parts cook perfectly. I always use a wireless cooking thermometer and of course a thermapen to double check. It also works great to collect drippings for perfect gravy. This unit is very easy on propane for the speed it cook too.
A few years ago my source for fried turkeys disappeared and left me in a bind. I had never cooked a turkey before. I went to go look for a turkey fryer and came across the Big Easy. I bought it and the results have been astounding. I now not only cook my turkeys every year but also cook for several others as well. Many have said it's the best turkey they've ever had. I owe it all to the Big Easy and it really is absurdly simple. I've had my Big Easy for almost 7 years with no problems. I did upgrade my basket last year as Char Broil made a new version that makes it much easier to get your turkey out. The original basket required you to grab the turkey and try to pull it out of a wire frame basket or try to turn the basket over and dump the turkey out - neither way worked too well. The new basket has a hinge that allows you to open the basket giving you easy access to the turkey - they actually found a way to make the Big Easy even easier. As for cooking the turkey, all that is required is to connect the Big Easy to a propane tank, turn it on, put your turkey in the basket, and put the basket in the Big Easy. Pop a meat thermometer in the turkey and do whatever you want while it cooks - I've raked leaves, watched TV, whatever. You don't have to hover over it the entire time it cooks worrying about if you're about set the yard on fire since there is no oil. When the bird is done, all you have to do is remove the basket and turn off the propane. There is a pan at the bottom that catches the grease making clean up a snap. In fact, I usually have the whole setup cleaned and put away before we even eat. I can't say enough good things about the Big Easy, but I will add that their customer service is absolutely amazing. I've contacted them once or twice during the 7 years to ask a question and they return my call within 24 hours AND follow up with subsequent calls to make sure my questions have been resolved. Honestly - everyone should own one of these. They're that good, and they're that easy.
This is a great little smoker. We had never owned one before, but not terribly complicated to put together, just took about an hour. Followed the instructions and smoked a turkey for x-mas eve the next day, and it was moist and flavorful, best turkey by far. Looking forward to doing some smoked salmon next.
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