It's time to hit the stores and get your bird and trimmings, Thanksgiving is on the way. It's one of my all-time favorite holidays and I'm getting everything bought and ready for the big meal.


It's been really difficult to find the big Butterball turkeys, at least in Lawton, OK. Size does matter when it comes to turkey. You have to have enough for the Thanksgiving meal and leftovers for at least a day or two. Or at a minimum a turkey sandwich or two on Thanksgiving night.

While there are several name brands of turkeys available, Butterball is the best

TSM Lawton: Critter
TSM Lawton: Critter

After an exhaustive search of various grocery stores in town, I finally managed to find the big birds at Walmart, a twenty-five-pound Butterball. 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.


While I prefer Butterball turkeys if given a choice, I will say the Honeysuckle White birds and even the Walmart Great Value turkeys aren't bad. 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.

Don't forget the propane, peanut oil, and Tony Chachere Creole Butter Injectors

Turkey Fry

Along with the turkey I got 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.


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 juicier & tastier than when it's baked, BBQ, or smoked, which is exactly why we fry it.

Heat the oil to 325 degrees and fry for 3 1/2 minutes a pound for the most epic turkey

Turkey Fryer

Turkey is the same way, just bigger. You can fry a 24-26lb turkey in about an hour and thirty-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, and even Lowe's and Home Depot have kits available to purchase. Shop around and you'll find one pretty quickly. Whatever your plans are and whoever you're with I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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We're not the only family with a weird Thanksgiving tradition, just take a look at these shockingly common Oklahoma TG dishes. It's amazing what the cooks come up with. The list is heavy on gelatin and jello molds, if anything it'd be worth trying at least one this year. They range from mild to wild, best of luck to you.

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