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Thanksgiving Turkey, Fried edition – and a giveaway!

Deep fried turkey is pretty delicious. But I know what you’re thinking – you’re pretty dern skeerred of turkey frying. Don’t be. Just stick with me, okay?

I have great memories of frying a turkey in the backyard at my Nanny and Gaga’s. The men all standing around a great big pot of boiling oil, the scent of crisping skin and sage wafting through the breezy Thursday afternoon in San Antonio.

My sister and I stood nearby, amazed that a turkey could be cooked in such little time. We were used to Nanny waking in the early hours to start the turkey roaster she’s had since the 70s (and it still works too!), and then lovingly basting it every 45 minutes like clockwork. Delicious? Yes. Labor intensive? YES.

The true secret to any good turkey, whether roasting or frying, is a good brine. You don’t have to buy special box mixes, I promise. You have everything you need, right in your own kitchen to make the actual brine. You may need two extra tools to execute successfully, but your local grocery store will have what you need.

The beautifully fried turkey in the photo above was brined for only 6 hours, but it has TONS of flavor. Leaving it overnight would have been spectacular, but know that you don’t have to.

Turkey frying, even back in the early 90s, when the trend started, has always been a bit scary. Giant vats of oil popping and bubbling in your backyard – and you’d better make sure you’re far enough away from the house not to start a fire. The bird has to be completely dry before submerging, and the oil temperature has to be kept constant, using an open flame.

All of that is pretty intimidating. In step Masterbuilt and Butterball. They’ve created an indoor turkey fryer. Yes, I did say indoor.

Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer
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I’m not going to lie. I was really nervous to get going on the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer. But all those nerves were for naught. Let me tell you how easy using the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer is:

I fried a turkey on a Monday night. After work. In my pajamas. And we ate it for dinner. On Monday Night. Fried turkey, on MONDAY NIGHT.

And I cleaned it today, in about 20 minutes flat. In fact, most of the pieces are dishwasher safe. LOVES. Here’s a video to show you just how easy it is:

You want this thing in your home and as part of your Thanksgiving routine. Trust me.

The really exciting part? Masterbuilt and Butterball have graciously offered a brand-spanking-new turkey fryer to be given away here on Bluebonnets & Brownies. Gee, thanks guys!

So how do you win? There are several ways:

1) Leave a comment below letting me know what you’d serve with your fried turkey this Thanksgiving.

2) Follow Masterbuilt on Twitter.
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3) Like Masterbuilt on Facebook.
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4) Like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.
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5) Tweet the following: “I just entered to win a Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer from @BluebonnetBaker & @JohnMcLemore #recipe #giveaway
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The winner will be chosen via and contacted on Monday, November 15th via email. Because we want you to have your turkey fryer by Thanksgiving, you must answer the email by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 15th, or we will choose another winner via

Contest open to U.S. residents only. All times are EST.

******UPDATE: Not only will you get the turkey fryer, you’ll get Masterbuilt CEO John’s cookbook (with forward written by Paula Deen, so you know it’s legit!) and a $15 coupon towards a Butterball Turkey. Sweet.******

Increase your chances of winning a turkey fryer! My dear friend Kristen over at Dine & Dish is also giving away a Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer. Head on over to Dine & Dish to enter her giveaway too.

Disclaimer: While I received a turkey fryer, cookbook and coupon for a Butterball turkey from Masterbuilt myself for the purposes of review, the opinions expressed above are entirely my own, and were independently formed in the use of the product.

We have a winner! Comment #132 was selected by as the winner. Schmidty will be contacted via email and will receive his fryer directly from Masterbuilt. Congratulations, Schmidty! Now I’ve got to go plan my Thanksgiving meal with all these wonderful side dishes you guys have me salivating over. Thanks to everyone for participating!

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Lois S

Monday 15th of November 2010

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Vickie Ames

Monday 15th of November 2010

I serve deep fried turkey with baked stuffing, sweet taters with marshmallows and brown sugar, mashed potatoes and stuffing gravy!

I followed and tweeted also: @viclen1954


Monday 15th of November 2010

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Monday 15th of November 2010

OH, I want, I want!

Anne Ardoin

Sunday 14th of November 2010

I liked Masterbuilt on Facebook!

I liked Bluebonnets and Brownies on Facebook!

I like my fried turkey with homemade cranberry sauce and green bean casserole topped with lightly fried shallots, chantilly potatoes and cornbread stuffing.....pecan pie and pumpkin bars for dessert! YUMMY!

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