Jim, have you ever tried a deep-fried turkey? It is absolutely incredible!
A 12 pound turkey takes just over a half hour to cook, the meat is tender and juicy, and the skin??????? To DIE for!
I inject my turkeys with Cajun Creole Butter (store bought, but I do have a recipe from a friend that approximates it). I don't use a paprika rub anymore, because it makes the skin too black, just salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
The only problem with this whole idea is that it's a pain to do for just one turkey - better to cook multiple birds. If you want to cook them and give them away, that's nice, but I'd rather my friends buy their turkeys and chip in a little for the cooking oil (okay, I'm cheap). So far, only one friend is willing to do that, so I'll cook one for him next time I fire up the oil.
My next door neighbor and friend has a turkey fryer.
I think one of these days I'll borrow it and fry one up. Run it in to my father's house for dinner.
You guys will know whne that happens cuz I'll be asking for help.
Love JW, too. You can see a bunch of his vids on youtube.
And before he had a cooking show, he was a Cajun comic. I had a bunch of his albums back in the '60s, and still fondly remember a number of his stories, told in his wondermous dialect. Saw him live once, at the 1966 Texas State Prison Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas. He was so wide that he hung off his stool on both sides. By the time he did the cooking shows for Mississippi PBS, he had lost probably 200 pounds. The still rerun occasionally on the local PBS channel.
Sounds like I missed out on something good there... but at the same time I think I vaguely remember a Cajun cook on PBS. DW spends a fair amount of time on PBS and has since a teenager, so I will ask her.
I just loved watching Justin Wilson. He always said "the right wine for cooking the food is the wine you like to drink the best" and of course he would add some to the recipe...a little for himself...add a little to the recipe... a little for himself... I have 3 of his cookbooks and have tried many of the recipes, several of them are favorites.
I was so sorry when he passed away.
He was quite a character "I garrontee!"
When I was at the NASCAR event at Pocono Raceway, there was a booth selling deep-fried turkey legs; that's the closest I've come to it.
Somebody a few streets over burned his garage down a few years back......
seems he/she had the fryer against the garage, surrounded by dead leaves........and the fryer was over filled with oil. You can guess the rest.
I can credit JW with getting me away from the James Beard / Julia Child rut - rut.
Back in the 60's I could get WWL, late night clear channel, and listen to Justin Wilson tell his duck and squirrel huntng stories. He was a wonderful story teller, something we don't hear much anymore.
One of my favorite recipes from him was his dirty rice.