Monday, November 3, 2014

Giveaway: Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

It is November which means a few things are coming...
  • Some disappointed football fans will switch their focus and start talking about "next year",
  • People will be commenting on Facebook lament about how stores used to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up their Christmas displays, and
  • Your local news team will do a feature with the fire department about the dangers of frying a turkey and will start by showing a Youtube video of someone burning their house down.
Yes, deep fried turkeys became popular in the 90's and have been providing viral videos of "Hold my beer and watch this" pretty much ever since.  Personally, I like to just spatchcock (remove the backbone and flatten it out) a turkey and cook it on the grill like I did with this Apple and Sage Turkey



But I get that some folks want it easier.  Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I am going to give away a Char-Broil Big Easy™ Oil-less Turkey Fryer.   That's right....oil-less.  No burning down the house required.


The Big Easy's claim to fame is that it is faster, cheaper, and safer than deep frying a turkey.  The cook time isn't faster, but the start to finish time is because you don't have to wait for the oil to heat and cool down. It is cheaper because you don't have to use a large amount of cooking oil.  That makes it safer too, you aren't lowering a turkey into a boiling vat of oil over open flames.

The Big Easy™ is easy to use, as its name implies.  Not a lot of dials or settings to mess with.  No temperature gauges.  No fussing with positioning the turkey.  No trussing the bird required.  No large roasting pan to contend with.  It is as simple as putting your bird into the basket, lowering the bird into the preheated cooking chamber, and waiting until your bird is done.

The design is very simple yet highly effective.  The cooking chamber is a stainless steel drum with a wire basket that holds your turkey (or roast, or chicken, or ribs, or....) in perfect position.

Notice the hole at the bottom - you'll see what this is for later.

A gas burner coils around the bottom of the unit to heat it evenly.



The controls are basic, just an igniter to start the Big Easy™ and a single heat control knob.  Not rocket surgery here.





The venting system evenly controls the flow of air to evenly heat the cooking chamber and converts the energy to Char-Broil's patented TRU-Infrared heat for crispy skin and juicy meat.


You cook with the unit open unless it is windy or cold, then the only difference is you place the screen top on it while cooking. 


When I cook turkey on the grill, I have to take steps to keep the drippings from burning so I can use them for gravy.  The great design of the Big Easy™ has a collection bin that is below the heating element so you don't have to worry about burning your drippings.

Dripping catcher (dish not included) is a drawer that slides into the bottom of the cooker.  This rests directly below the hole in the center of the cooking chamber bottom.


I know what you're thinking - cool rig but it's a bit of a "uni-tasker" good for only one thing.  You should check out what my fellow Char-Broil All-Star team member, Christo, did with his - ribs, turkey, and leg of lamb!

Here is what I did for turkey in the Big Easy™. Since the unit is simple, I went simple.  You can use the same rub and injection with a grilled or oven roasted turkey but your cooking times will take a little longer.  Granted, this really isn't "frying" but you get the same crispy skin effect.

Fire Roasted Turkey

  • 10-12 pound turkey, thawed
For the butter injection
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock or white wine
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
 For the dry rub
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried lemon peel or 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed dry sage
 Instructions
  1. Make the butter injection.  Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium low heat.  Bring to a simmer, turn off heat and allow to cool before injecting.
  2. Preheat the Char-Broil Big Easy™ on the highest setting.
  3. Use a meat syringe to inject the butter mixture into the turkey breasts, thighs, legs, and wings.  Some butter will leak back out of the turkey, that is okay.  Massage it all over the bird to coat it.  This will allow the rub to stick and provide crispy skin.
  4. Mix together the dry rub ingredients and season the bird all over.
  5. Place the turkey in the cooking basket and lower it into the cooking chamber.  Lower the control to about 80% of maximum.   Let the turkey cook until the breast reaches an internal temperature of 160°F - about 10 minutes per pound.
  6. Remove the cooking basket and allow the turkey to rest for 10 minutes.  
  7. Remove the drip tray from the unit and make gravy if desired.  Not listed in the ingredients, but melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan on medium heat and whisk in 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour to make a blonde roux.  Whisk in the drippings and additional chicken stock to get the consistency that you want. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove the turkey from the cooking basket using heat resistant gloves, slice and serve.


The butter injection adds moisture and flavor to the turkey without the long waiting times of a brine or marinade.

turkey prep
Don't forget to season inside the cavity.

Ready to drop in.

The hot air coming out of the vent holes was about 350°F but the cooking chamber is a little lower.


Cooked in just 2 hours 10 minutes and still perfectly juicy.
 
Giveaway:  Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer
This giveaway is sponsored by me, myself, and I, as a thanks to all of you for reading my blog and putting up with my nonsense.  I am buying the drawing winner a Char-Broil Big Easy™ gas powered model (propane tank not included, sorry) just in time to cook a perfect juicy turkey for the big day.


How To Enter and Rules
  1. To enter, just leave a comment below.  You can have a second entry for a tweet about this giveaway including my twitter handle @nibblemethis so I can find it.  NOTE:  If you are using the anonymous comment option, please make sure to leave a way to reach you (email,  forum user name, twitter etc) in case you win. 
  2. Giveaway entry period begins as soon as this is posted and ends November 11, 2014 at 11:59pm. Drawing will be held November 12, 2014 at noon (All times are Eastern Time zone).  Winner will be announced in an update to this post. 
  3. Comments will be numbered by order received and random.org will generate a random number for the winner.
  4. Limited to residents of the continental United States unless you wish to pay the extra shipping charges.
  5. Since I am sponsoring this prize, I am the final judge regarding any discrepancies, interpretations, grievances, etc about this drawing.
  6. Winner must respond to claim the prize within one week of the winning announcement and/or email contact. I do attempt to contact the winner directly if contact information is provided.  If a winner does not claim the prize during the specified time, a reserve winner will be drawn from the original entries.
ENTRY PERIOD CLOSED

Winner Announcement - 

We put all of the entries together and used Random.org to select a winner....

Which was JRuss who wrote:

 JRuss - I'm sending you an email for your shipping info.
Please note that I use comment moderation to weed out spam.  Your comment will not appear immediately.  If you don't think your comment goes through, just shoot me an email and I can double check for you.  chris@nibblemethis.com

90 comments:

  1. How cool! I can think of all kinds of meat to put in that roaster! The turkey looks so good!

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  2. Very generous giveaway. Thank you. I hope I win and get to use this for thanksgiving.

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  3. This thing looks pretty sweet, and a lot safer. I wonder what Alton Brown would say about its safety.

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  4. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win this in time for the holidays.

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  5. Thanks for a chance. I would love one to use for this Thanksgiving.

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  6. There is always next year is well known by my fellow Raider fans.

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  7. Awesome set up! Love deep fried turkey hate dealing with the oil.

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  8. Thank you for offering such an awesome giveaway!

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  9. That looks delicious! Now I want a turkey sandwich! TrasinaLM at gmail dot com

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  10. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/Trasina/status/529494859661328384 TrasinaLM @ gmail dot com

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  11. This looks great! If I had one of these then I'd definitely make a push to host Thanksgiving next year...

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  12. Love your blog. Thanks for the contest!

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  13. Good looking bird Chris. I am still in shock that it's oil-less. We've never deep fried a turkey, but assisted a friend once. This looks so easy too.
    Sam

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  14. This is really cool. I would love one. darlabeck@yahoo.com

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  15. Your blog got us to purchase The Big Green Egg, then your cookbook - this must be next? Hopefully as good as the first two recommendations!!

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  16. Great idea, just in time for Thanksgiving. I've always fried my turkeys, but an oil-less cooker has some definite appeal. Thanks for the contest.

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  17. Tweeted...why are you reading this? Shouldn't you be out buying ME an oil-less turkey fryer?!?

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  18. My brother in law has a big easy in electric. I have never liked anything that came out of it. The gas one must work better.

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  19. I absolutely love my Big Easy and have cooked tons in it including last year's Thanksgiving turkey, several whole chickens, and ribs. I have even cooked a chicken, corn on the cob, and potatoes all at the same time! It was my go-to cooker for birds (and many other things)...until my Akorn.

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  20. This is awesome. I would love this for thanksgiving:)

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  21. I posted the giveaway on twitter:) heres the linky:)

    https://twitter.com/BrittanyBellKoe/status/529733553765232641

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  22. I was always nervous to get an oil deep fryer for turkey, but this looks awesome! Quite a generous give-away,,,thanx!

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  23. I have been wanting a turkey fryer ever since I tasted a turkey cooked in one! Can you say AWESOME! Living in SW Florida, this would not heat up my house! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  24. That thing would leave my neighbors here in Germany in a total state of awe... and yes, if I'm lucky enough to be the winner, I'll be happy to pay for the extra shipping.
    By the way... I love your Kamado-Book

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  26. Interesting, I'd love to give it a try.

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  27. Interesting idea, I'd love to give it a try.

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  28. I don't have a "Big Easy", but I've heard alot of good things about them. I've done alot of deep fried turkeys, but you have to filter the oil afterwards and then clean up your oily cooker. I'd love to try an oil-less cooker.
    jruss@carolina.rr.com

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  29. Fun giveaway! A few years ago my husband caught something similar on fire while roasting the turkey.... scariest thing ever! It looks like the fryers have come a long way and alot safer-

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  30. Always interested in a new way to cook the Thanksgiving turkey.

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  31. I've been smoking turkeys the past few years, but I would love to be able to use one of these too, even with ribs and other meats. My wife isn't a big fan of the smoke flavor, (blasphemy, I know), so this would be a great addition to my garage.

    Curtis

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  32. Great new way to prepare thanksgiving turkey.
    dbishop3@hotmail.com

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  33. Oh, cool, another way to cook a turkey! This would be great to add to our arsenal of ways to drive family crazy with our extreme (only to them!) cooking methods. And we would not have any discourse about how to cook the bird this year!! Wonderful giveaway - thank you for the chance to dazzle folks this holiday season!

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  34. Great way to cook the turkey

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  35. Looks like a fun, new BBQ toy, and an interesting way to cook the Thanksgiving Turkey.

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  36. Thanks Chris, Happy Holidays dude.

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  37. I love thanksgiving! This year everyone is coming to our house for the first time this year. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

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  38. From Ray via email

    Hello- Great looking product. We bbq most all year round. We take turns over family and friends houses.This would be a great addition to my current tools and equipment.A few of us have Char-Broil equipment now, and have been very satisfied with the results.
    thank you,
    Ray

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  39. Chris, what a generous giveaway! I really enjoy your blog and your cookbook. I always enjoy your recipes on my BGE! Alex@nucloud.com

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  40. Ken F via email entry
    "Chris, Great blog! Thanks for putting in the effort."

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  41. David H via email entry
    "I hope I win this so I can have a different way of cooking a Turkey. GO DAWGS!!"

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  42. Me again...I'm SO excited about this new fryer that I posted about it on my blog today!

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  43. Greg D via email entry
    "Enjoy your post. Have tried several of your recipes. All have been good. "

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  44. always a fan of your work,and a skeptical bbq guy,I think its time to expand my horizons and cooking technigues.

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  45. We would love this! Thanks for your giveaway!

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  46. Love this! We always use the propane one and it is a little scary. This would be great!
    Deborahabishop@hotmail.com

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  47. New to your blog, Chris. Thank you so much for the Kamado book. I truly appreciate the signing. I've fried many turkeys, but the oil is a hassle. This would be an awesome tool in the toolbox!

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  48. This looks like a winner! I cannot imagine frying a turkey. I hear it is wonderful but ......... This looks to surpass all I have heard about frying with oil!

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  49. This thing is awesome. Who knew it existed. Perfect Christmas gift for the husband. Well unless I win, of course.

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  50. Love your blog! -- Drew
    d763d453@opayq.com

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  51. MY STOVE IS ELECTRIC. I HATE IT. IF I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO WIN THIS PRIZE I WOULD USE IT TO DO MOST OF MY COOKING. I ALREADY HAVE 2 PROPANE TANKS SO I AM GOOD TO GO. THANK-YOU FOR GIVING YOUR READERS THIS CHANCE YOU ARE AWESOME.

    TAMARA 4time2read@gmail.com

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  52. Looks really cool and what a great way to fry a turkey without all of the oil.

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  53. I love the crispy skin and great flavor of fried turkey, but am a complete chicken about dealing with all of the boiling oil. This sounds like a great way to get the tasty result without the danger.

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  54. I tweeted at
    https://twitter.com/NYgirlscout/status/530350765194620928

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  55. Oh wow... safety meets reality? Not hot Oil to cool and store! Bee still my beating heart! Hope I did not double enter!

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  56. What a great, informative post. Would love to win one for our upcoming turkey day!!

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  57. Chris - what a great idea for a give-away. I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you!

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  58. Yum - and safe too! My MIL used to fry turkeys with kids running all over the yard. Gave me nightmares.

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  59. Tweeted on Twitter! https://twitter.com/KaitlinBoles/status/530469940898193408

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  60. Wow! This looks like a great way to cook a turkey. We love deep fried turkey. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  61. I have been wanting to try a turkey fryer. This seems really cool the no oil way and It woudl save a money becasue i dont have to spend it on the oil! I wonder if the turkey is still juicy?

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  62. Very cool of you to do this giveaway Chris. Someone will be a very lucky reader!
    I think this post may be your funniest yet! Loved reading it. What a hoot!
    (This is not an entry for the contest. Just a friendly comment.)
    Good luck to all the lucky fans of Nibble Me This!

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  63. Yum! I can smell this bird cooking! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  64. Always wanted to "fry" a turkey, this makes it easier and safer. So generous.

    wkthi90@gmail.com

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  65. So cool! I didn't know they made these. Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Without oil, aren't you just baking it. I do not understand how the oil-less concept works, but the pictures of the finished product always look fried.

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  67. I tweeted about the giveaway at https://twitter.com/1froglegs/status/530891982563196928

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  68. i hate my turkey deep fryer. this looks awesome!
    kentzebra@gmail.com

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  69. Brownie P
    I have wanted to use one of these for a long time but wasn't sure of accurancy. Thanks for giving me a chance. I love your site!

    ddpeters@windstream.net

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  70. I think we would be having turkey more often after using this fryer. The turkey looks delicious!

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  71. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/amylou61/status/531447307233800192

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  72. That looks delicious!

    brooks.hyer@yahoo.com

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  73. Would love a chance to cook a turkey using this!

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  74. What a fantastic item no fuss, no mess but the results look yummy! Thanks for a chance to win it is very generous of you. Hope you have a Happy Holiday Season!
    dastelton@gmail.com

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  75. Looks like an interesting and tasty way to cook a big bird, Chris. I wouldn't mind giving that a try as well as experimenting with some other big hunks of meat.

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  76. David would love to add this to his collection of grilling stuff. What a beautiful turkey!

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  77. Not use if Google is playing tricks on me or if my original comment got published. I would love one of these just to make my husband happy and not to have to worry about burning my house down. Accept my apology if I have posted twice!

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  78. Coming over from Pots & Pins. This would be lovely! Huge turkey fan and would love to try 'fried'
    engerrank14@yahoo.com

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  79. That turkey looks good and juicy. That would be a great addition to anyone's cooking equipment.
    jablake02@Yahoo.com

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  80. I would like to add this to my cooking equipment.
    jablake02@Yahoo.com

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  81. Contest Entry Period has ended.

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  82. Congrats to the winner and thanks, Chris, for sponsoring such a great drawing and giveaway.

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  83. Wow, great product. I actually have a friend who burned down half their house with one of the oil products. Scared me.

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