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Fried Turkey Without Frying

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5 from 7 votes
Fried Turkey Without Frying
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

The 1st fried turkey I ever had I thought was the best turkey I ever had. Thinking of a way to cook a bird without having to buy $40 in peanut oil every time and not having to keep a fire extinguisher at the ready would be more my speed. This way flips the fry trick and this is easily done in the oven if you are smoker deficient. Not a long drawn out “low-n-slow” smoke. I get better results on quicker cooks when it comes to turkey and actually have done these at higher temps than what’s noted below (300). We are relying heavily on our thermometer so play with temps if ya want, my highest is 350 degrees. Not ready for the Thanksgiving cranberry influx I decided to do a primer with Jesus seeds you see at end pic. This will seem a little long but I’m adding the cauliflower side dish in here cause it was fabulous! Black eyes were too but maybe next time peas.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern, Texan
Servings: 4
Author: txbut
Turkey Parts
  • 10 pound thawed turkey Heavier is fine It means more time.
  • 2 cups room temp butter 4 sticks
  • 1 bulb garlic peeled and smashed a little.
  • 1.25 cup Dawgs Bark
  • A thermometer with the probe at the end of a lead preferred. Fancy remote ones work too.
  • Turkey pan roaster
  • Meat heat gloves or a way to turn hot bird over.
  • Time depending on weight and heat level 3-5 hours.
Cauliflower Parts
  • 1 flowered/cut head of cauliflower
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • Shot of olive oil
  • Dash of salt n pepper
Jesus Seed Parts
  • 1 pod pomegranate or Jesus Seeeds
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 serrano sliced deseeded for less heat
Turkey Construction
  1. I'll do this a day ahead of time but it's not necessary. Bird in clean sink stick your hand in birds butt and pull out anything in there. At the head is probably a bag of giblets under skin remove those too. Take any else off the bird like wire holding the legs together. Turn on cold water and wash inside and outside of bird. Pat dry inside and out.

  2. Get your smoker smoking to 300 degrees
  3. In a large bowl or mixers bowl mix butter, garlic, and 1 cup of the Dawgs Bark. You can mix it by hand because everything's gonna melt and mix.
  4. Stuff all the butter mixture in the bird's butt.

  5. Rub your buttery hands all over bird and sprinkle remaining Dawgs Bark all over bird.
  6. With your buttery hands place the bird in the roaster breast down.

  7. Thinking of pictures and not the process I screwed up and inserted my thermometer too early. Don’t do that like you see in the picture. I’ll trigger that in a second.
  8. Okay so breast side down, put your turkey in 300 degree pit or oven.
  9. Set timer for 2 hours and don’t open pit/oven until then.
  10. After 2 hours get your bird on a stable surface so you can turn it over. Careful it’s hot! BBQ gloves work great and I’ve used two pieces of crumbled foil to do it.
  11. Quickly turn bird over breast side up. 

    NOW insert thermometer and get it back in pit/oven.

  12. Set the timer for 1 hour and same rules, don’t peek.
  13. Your bird should now have a nice golden brown color. If so place a piece of loose foil over the breast. If at any time any part of the bird is getting too dark just cover it in foil.

  14. More than likely you have at least another hour to go (going on 4th). This is where we're really relying on the thermometer. You can set timer but it’s not the decision maker any more.
  15. The is just my preference but the internal temp has to be 165 degrees per gubment rules. I pull the bird at 161 and set it on stove because the temp will rise to 165 or higher. All in all your looking at 4-5 hours.

  16. 30 - 45 minutes the bird is ready to carve. A good time to start the cauliflower side would be now.
  17. The juices from the bird are not useable for gravy because of the salt content. Use the neck and giblets to to make gravy. I can assure you this is moist and tender turkey day one and two.
Cauliflower Construction
  1. In a medium heated pan pour in a shot of olive oil and swirl around.
  2. Drop in garlic, dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Cook garlic til just starting to brown and throw in cauliflower.
  4. Cook a little bit to get some pan fried marks on cauliflower. Not a whole lot just a bit, try not to burn garlic.
  5. Plop in one can of cream of chicken and ½ a can of water.
  6. Simmer until your desired doneness. I like mine cooked pretty hard, if you like a little crunch then pull from heat sooner.
  7. Plate it all up!
  8. I used some Jesus seeds, sliced serranos, and salt sprinkle for the turkey and it’s a nice fit.
  9. Git down on it!!!
About The Recipes:

Hay yall! Don’t be afraid to adjust ingredients to your taste. None of these recipes came from a written measured recipe. They are made and noted on the fly. If you don't have any Texas Butter I guess we'll overlook it if you use what's in your pantry. Be sure to ask how something turned out or you have questions. Expect grammar errors, these are not checked much. Well, in general I can't spell worth a crap. Will hashtag recipes that match a search here and the same hashtag in the Instagram's image comments. Hashtags will look something like #txbut001. In a nut shell these are made for:

  • Product testing
  • Requested site feature
  • Speed and cost matter
  • We eat our own dog food
  • Ideas for products
  • Shawn gots hungry
  • Couple three birds, one stone...

Thanks - Shawn


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