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Deep-frying a turkey is not as hard as it sounds and it yields an exquisitely moist and crispy bird much quicker then roasting. Use a deep fryer that is made for a turkey that comes with a thermostat and a metal basket for lowering and removing the turkey. Heating the oil can take up to an hour, so plan accordingly. A 12-pound turkey cooks in just 36 minutes (3 minutes per pound). Recipe by Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing from Rushing Home for Thanksgiving. 36 hours for brining. WINE: A medium-light Gewürztraminer is ideally suited to the spicy brine and the deep fried turkey. Try a Lynskeys Gewürztraminer Marlborough Wairau Peaks Vineyard 2002 or the German, Machmer Bechtheimer Stein Gewürztraminer Spätlese 2003.
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- 3 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup kosher salt, plus
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 2 gallons cold water
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 head garlic, separated into cloves and crushed
- 1 (12 lb) whole turkey
- peanut oil (about 4-5 gallons depending on your fryer) or vegetable oil (about 4-5 gallons depending on your fryer)
- 1In a whole-turkey-size stockpot, whisk brown sugar, mustard, salt and cayenne.
- 2Gradually whisk in water, and then add thyme and garlic.
- 3Add turkey, cover and brine in refrigerator for 35 hours.
- 4If you cannot fit the pot in your refrigerator, you can place it in an ice chest or other container (keep an eye on your ice).
- 5Bring the oil to 375° in your turkey fryer - this can take up to an hour.
- 6Remove turkey from brine and pat it dry inside and out with paper towels.
- 7If your family or guests are salt-sensitive wash the turkey thoroughly then pat until it is dry as you can get it with paper towels.
- 8Transfer the turkey to a frying basket, breast side up.
- 9Lower into oil and fry for 3 minutes per pound, 36 minutes.
- 10Lift the basket out of the fryer and drain the turkey on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet or pan for about 15 minutes.
- 11Carve and serve.
- 12Take extra care with the hot oil - Any hotter than 375F and you risk it catching fire.
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Nutritional Facts for Fried Turkey Brined in Cayenne and Brown Sugar
Serving Size: 1 (1277 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 925.5
- Calories from Fat 302
- Total Fat 33.6 g
- Saturated Fat 9.1 g
- Cholesterol 270.9 mg
- Sodium 4950.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 69.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
- Sugars 64.5 g
- Protein 83.5 g
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