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Deep Fried Turkey....?

danniboy Nov 16, 2008 04:53 AM

Is anybody in the Boston area cooking deep fried turkeys? Can I order from anyone
in our area? Any help out there? I thank you kindly

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    Rucka321 Nov 16, 2008 06:20 PM

    Summer Shack is offering a prepared deep fired turkey dinners

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    1. re: Rucka321
      janzy Nov 17, 2008 04:17 AM

      Jake from the closed Jake's Boss BBQ in Jamaica Plain was doing just deep fried turkeys around the holidays from a co-op kitchen someplace in JP.
      I am not sure if he's doing them this year, but was last holiday season.

      1. re: janzy
        katzzz Nov 17, 2008 05:19 AM

        I called Jake on Friday to ask about his fried (and smoked) Thanksgiving turkeys. He said he'll be cooking some up, but is not going public with them as he has in the years since he closed Jake's Boss BBQ. Too bad. They're great birds.

        1. re: katzzz
          danniboy Nov 17, 2008 06:13 AM

          Thanks for the heads up Rucka321, I just ordered a 14 pound bird with
          gravy from Summer Shack. (I thought you were putting me on) Who knew
          deep fried turkeys at Summer Shack.

          1. re: danniboy
            Rucka321 Nov 18, 2008 06:24 PM

            surprised me too, when I heard... are they stuffed?

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              TomH Nov 19, 2008 05:46 AM

              You cannot fry a stuffed bird as it will not cook through. I suppose they could cook some stuffing and throw it in the bird after frying though.

            2. re: danniboy
              talltravel Dec 15, 2008 04:51 AM

              So How was the summer shack bird? Did they provide heating instructions? Thinking about getting one for a party soon...

              1. re: talltravel
                Rucka321 Oct 23, 2010 05:25 PM

                It was very good. Doing it again this year!

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        nomadgirl Nov 19, 2008 06:01 AM

        My brother deep fries a turkey every Thanksgiving. It's not difficult, but you need to pay attention. You *must* fry it outside. He sometimes injects his turkey with cajun seasoning, and always gives it a spice rub,

        He measures the oil and factors for displacement once the turkey is put in. There's a timing formula for turkey size = time in the frier. If you are game, and don't mind some burnt grass in your back yard, try it.

        We also do a roasted turkey, but the fried turkey is always picked clean by dessert.

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          alphavulcan Nov 19, 2008 11:18 AM

          Our family does the same. My brother in law does the "traditional" bird, I think outside the box, one year I do fried, the next I do a smoked. And the result is the same, fried or smoked is always gone. This year will be fried.

          BTW...just found this site today, it won't be the last time i visit.

          1. re: nomadgirl
            Spike Nov 19, 2008 11:43 AM

            Also, if you want a sense of what it tastes like, there's a chinese dish that gives you a feel for it. It's done using chicken and you can get it from China Pearl or most cantonese restaurants.
            Well, at least that's what my first bite into a fried turkey reminded me of :-)

            The main negative is dishes you make w/ the leftovers tastes better w/ a regular turkey than a fried one...if you have any turkey left (I always get one a bit bigger to do a few dishes with it).

            It's not expensive to try...probably $50 at most for the fryer and all the peanut oil.

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              alphavulcan Nov 19, 2008 11:49 AM

              Be careful using peanut oil if you share your left-overs. Make sure you mention you use peanut oil. A neighbor of mine has peanut allergies and has actually had a very small reaction just from the aroma while I'm cooking outside.
              Of course, we've never had leftovers using on the fried bird so I can't comment on how they taste.

            2. re: nomadgirl
              renéemarie Nov 19, 2008 11:52 AM

              We don't do a deep-fried turkey for Thanksgiving (too untraditional for the Mama Bear!) but every time we host a barbecue, we do not one but two of them, because one is just never enough. I'm not a huge turkey fan generally, but injected with garlic butter and tossed in the fryer until crisp? Divine.

            3. sailormouth Nov 19, 2008 11:09 AM

              Check out Popeye's. They often will fry your turkey for you (that you bring to them) or sell you one of their own.

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                Prav Nov 19, 2008 11:20 AM

                Really? I would have thought this would be a health violation, i.e., a business cooking outside food.

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                  sailormouth Nov 23, 2008 06:39 PM

                  I know in some places the chain will, I'm not sure about our location here. It was just a thought.

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