Thanksgiving is tomorrow and the team at J-tech is ready for a day of feasting with family and friends. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving tends to be overlooked as a holiday. It’s bookended by Halloween and Christmas, two holidays which are extremely spectacle driven, so most folks tend to turn up the Christmas tunes as soon as November starts. The Macy’s Day Parade is probably the biggest spectacle Thanksgiving has to offer, and Nebraskans typically look forward to the Husker game against Iowa more than a parade. This year, we’re going to walk you through one way to give your family the fun spectacle they want to make the holiday special, and it involves everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving food: turkey!
Traditionally, turkeys are cooked very similarly from family to family. Some use slightly different seasonings than others, but for the most part they all come out of the oven ready to serve to guests. This year, spotlight your turkey by constructing a pulley system to deep fat fry your turkey outside and raise it high for all to see. It’s a great way to get family to gather around for the meal and instead of around the television. Set up this Thanksgiving day spectacular with this DIY turkey frying station! Note: always use best judgement and safety practices when using hot oil to cook and always have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency.
For this project, you’ll need a turkey (neck and giblets removed), 3 gallons of peanut oil, a 6 ft, ladder, pulley system using at least 6 feet of ⅜” rope (not wire), an outdoor deep fryer, and I food thermometer. After that, gather your choice of seasonings and you’ll have all the supplies you need for a fun, family turkey fry!
Construct Your Station
Make sure your turkey is thawed to start. Prep the turkey by patting it dry and rubbing it with whatever seasonings you desire. We suggest a Cajun blend to put a fun twist on this family favorite, but any mixture of your favorite seasonings will do. Then it’s time for the fun part: constructing the frying station. Set up your backyard deep fat fryer and start heating the peanut oil. Make sure to have enough room for the turkey without oil flowing out the top. Once your oil is heating, open your ladder and place it so that the fryer is directly underneath it. Attach your pulley system firmly to the ladder above the fryer with the rope ready to go, and prepare to cook!
Cook that Bird!
Once the peanut oil has reached 400 degrees Fahrenheit, attach one end of your ⅜” rope firmly to the legs of your turkey. Hold the rope at the opposite end so that the turkey hovers over the pot. Carefully remove the lid to your deep fat fryer and slowly lower the turkey down. You can tie off the excess rope onto one of the steps of the ladder once the bird is lowered fully into the pot. Check your turkey regularly and ensure the oil temperature stays between 350 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Cook the turkey for 3.5 minutes per pound (around 45 minutes for a 12 pound turkey). Then, gather the family around, untie the excess rope, and slowly raise the cooked turkey out of the oil making sure no oil sloshes over the sides. Put it on a large platter, and carve up your spectacle of a Thanksgiving feast centerpiece.
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