Getting Ready for Thanksgiving & Fry-Day!
I can't wait, I love this time of year! Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorite holidays and I'm already getting everything bought and ready for the big meal. However, it's been really difficult to find the BIG Butterball turkeys in town. So far I haven't seen one over fifteen pounds and that's not big enough! Size DOES MATTER when it comes to turkey. You have to have enough for the Thanksgiving meal and left overs for at least a day or two. Or at a minimum a turkey sandwich or two Thanksgiving night.
After an exhaustive search of various grocery stores in Lawton the biggest bird I could find was at Walmart, a twenty four pounder. It's not a Butterball, it's a Great Value turkey but it was the only one I could find that large. I usually fry 24 to 26 pound turkeys all month long for family, friends and co-workers. The bigger the better, if it won't fit in the fry pot, find a bigger pot...That's my motto!
After talking to several people at the stores it sounds like Butterball turkeys are on the way but won't be in stores, at least the big birds until next week, maybe the week after that. I'm frying my first bird of the season on Wednesday next week so I had to get what I could. Don't get me wrong Great Value isn't bad neither is Honeysuckle White, but Butterball turkeys are the BEST! They fry and carve like a dream and always deliver the very best flavor in my honest, humble non-bias opinion.
I might not have found a 24-26lb Butterball turkey but I did get all the other stuff to fry. Lou Ana Peanut Oil, Tony Chachere "Creole Butter" injectors, Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning and fresh bottles of propane and propane accessories. I'm ready to fry!
Over the years fried turkey has become more and more popular, and for good reason. It's the fastest, easiest and juiciest way to prepare turkey. If you've never tried it you're really missing out. Think about it, fried chicken is much juicer & tastier than when it's baked, BBQ or smoked, which is exactly why we fry it. Turkey is the same way, just bigger. You can fry a 24-26lb turkey in about an hour and forty five minutes vs. baking it for hours and hours. Plus you won't heat the house up!
Luckily with the popularity of fried turkey you can find a decent fry kit that includes everything you'll need to get started. You can find them at Walmart, Sam's Club, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shop, even Lowe's and Home Depot have kits available to purchase. Shop around and you'll find one pretty quickly. Learn just how to do it right here. A quick 2 minute video on how to deep fry turkey like a BOSS!
If you're looking for big turkeys they have the Great Value brand at Walmart, I found mine at the Neighborhood Market on Lee Blvd. You'll have to wait a week or so if you're looking for the big Butterballs.