Char Broil’s The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer is a welcome addition to any home especially during the holiday season when most of us will cook a turkey for the family for the Christmas holidays! Now, for many people, there is nothing quite like the taste of fried food. While this food may be delicious, preparation can be a bit of a hassle and the cleanup adds another layer of work on top of that.
This extra work and hassle is a big part of the reason that so many people buy appliances for deep-frying. The best deep fryer takes most of the work out of the cooking process and it cuts the cleaning time in half so, for this reason, consumers will love the Char-Broil Big Easy TR-infrared oil-less turkey fryer.
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Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Features
– Oil-Less Turkey Fryer is a smart option for those trying to watch their calories.
– Patented infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, eliminates hot and cold spots, and delivers juicy, crisp, and flavorful results every time.
– Prepare perfect turkeys (up to 16 lbs.), chickens, beef roasts, pork tenderloins, and other large cuts of meat with injectable marinades – or use seasoned rubs on the outside (not an option with traditional fryers).
– No hot oil to burn, splatter, or spill! Save money and stress without having to purchase or dispose of any oil – and, of course, the food is healthier, too!
– Includes cooker, cooking basket, lifter, meat thermometer, and quick start cooking guide. (propane tank required for operation- not included).
– Measures 24.5″H with a 21.1″ diameter and weighs 30 lbs.
Our Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Review
The Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, which is to be used outdoors only, is powered by propane, and the flame is enclosed within the double-walled heating chamber (output, 18,000 BTUs). You turn the flame on via a built-in igniter or by inserting a match into a lighter hole. Almost instantly, infrared waves emanate inward from the walls, creating a superhot cooking environment that uses what Char-Broil explains to be “100% high-intensity infrared energy” to cook the meat evenly and quickly.
From my understanding, the infrared rays push the air out, which is why the meat does not dry out as it does when roasted. Roasting uses hot air to cook, but it’s the air that also dries that food out. Turkeys (or any other foods) cooked using infrared rays are not technically “fried” as they are when prepared in 5 gallons of scalding oil, but the results most closely resemble their brethren fried the old-fashioned way.
Video – How The Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Works
Let’s Look At The Big Easy Features
When you think about frying, the next thing that comes to mind is usually cleaning. Well, you can forget about stains and impossible-to-clean spills as the big easy cooker comes with a removable stainless-steel grease tray, which makes for easy and safe cleaning.
As for the cooking space of this turkey fryer, safety isn’t disregarded in this section, either. Char-Broil Oil-Less Turkey Fryer has a drop-in basket, for effortless and precise food placement. The double wall heating chamber of the Char-Broil turkey fryer creates the infrared energy, for prefect results.
Note that, with the addition of certain other accessories, your turkey fryer can become go-to no-oil fryer for other meats, also. The Turkey Fryer tray isn’t only there to make cleaning much easier for you as If you enjoy gravy with your meat, you can catch the juices from the food and use it in your gravy.
Like for the BIG BOSS 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fryer, the most prominent feature of this turkey fryer is its patented infrared technology. This cooking method uses propane to operate. However, what makes this particular turkey fryer stand out is the radiant heat. This kind of heat processes the food evenly, for perfect cooking results.
What makes it so unique is that it allows the turkey fryer to preserve the meat juices and oils. Char-Broil turkey fryer doesn’t leave the meat dry and tasteless.
Big Easy Size & Capacity
The dimensions of this turkey fryer are: 24.5”H, with a 21.1” diameter and weighs 30Ibs. Obviously, this propane turkey fryer is for outdoors use only. Unlike kitchen appliances, the size of the outdoors oil-less turkey fryer shouldn’t be an issue. The big easy turkey fryer may seem large, but its dimensions correspond to its outstanding capacity.
What can fit in this turkey fryer? First of all, a turkey as large as 16 pounds. This means that you can prepare a grand meal for the entire family, in a single cooking session. Something to keep in mind is that even though it is called a turkey fryer, it can be used to cook other cuts of meat, but you will require other attachments.
Video – Easy Out Basket for The Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer from Char-Broil
Big Easy Accessories & Attachments
To be able to fully enjoy the versatility of this propane turkey fryer, you’ll need to have all of its accessories, however, some of them are already included in Oil Less Turkey Fryer package. Some of the things that you do get are a cooking basket with a lifter, a meat thermometer, and a Quick Start cooking guide. The optional accessories and attachments which will allow you to use your infrared turkey cooker for many other kinds of meat are easy to come by and are very affordable.
If you like to fry lamb shanks, you can purchase the leg rack or if you’re into perfectly cooked ribs, choose the convenient rib hooks. Other available accessories include a kabob holder set and a bunk bed basket. And to keep your infrared turkey cooker protected in all weather conditions, you may want to think about The Big Easy Cover.
Video – The Big Easy Turkey Fryer Accessories
|Bunk Bed Basket
|22pc Accessory Kit
|Bunk-Bed Basket – Sits on top of the cooking basket- perfect for adding in a chicken, brisket, or roast.||Stackable Oven – The Big Easy Stackable Oven is designed to bake multiple items with your Big Easy cooker. The stackable design allow you to cook 3 different entrees at once.||22pc Accessory Kit – Contains rib hooks, leg racks, and kabob kit allowing you to cook just about anything in your Big Easy.||Big Easy Cover – Constructed from heavy-duty PVC, this specialty cover will defend your Big Easy against snow, hail, rain, and the wind. Tough on the outside, the interior of the cover has a brushed knit lining to protect your Big Easy from scratches.|
Big Easy Replacement Parts
The replacement parts, along with all the mentioned accessories, and the infrared turkey cooker, are available on Amazon. Regardless of whether you want to repair, or improve your fryer without oil, you can find all the equipment there.
Big Easy Food Test
While searching the web looking for more information on the Big Easy I came across a reviewer that had done a cooking test using a 5-lb ham, a 14-lb turkey and Six 2-lb Cornish hens and these were her results.
“All meats, as promised, turned out juicy, tender, and delicious. My husband Bryan and I didn’t use any oil or butter to prepare any of the meats (we didn’t baste, didn’t dab), but they were all brined overnight, the poultry in a herb-white wine solution and the ham in a Coca-Cola brine.
Meats cook at the same rate as they do when fried in oil, approximately 8 to 10 minutes per pound (though the proper way to know when they’re done is by checking the internal temperature). The ham took about 40 minutes to prepare; the turkey, an hour and a half; and the Cornish hens were a bit trickier. We first estimated their cooking time by their individual poundage (about 20 minutes), and they weren’t quite done by then. However, the cooking time didn’t match estimated for the total poundage of the hens. It took about 40 to 50 minutes for them to cook.
The turkey and the hens turned out with beautifully brown and crispy skins, though the turkey skin did stick to the cooking basket. The ham, if you’ll excuse the Southernism, turned black as a sinner’s soul, due to the sugars in the cola burning in the high heat. Luckily, the lacquered outer layer was mostly skin, and we were able to peel it off, revealing a remarkably tender and juicy hunk of ham underneath. Every one of our 14 Thanksgiving guests said the turkey was the best they’d ever tasted, and it was still juicy days later. The hens fared as well.
Video – Assembly Tips for The Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer from Char-Broil
Pros and Cons
The Char-Broil Big Easy turkey fryer can be a great addition to any home’s outdoor cooking area. Traditional turkey fryers use oil and that can make for a messy and time-consuming cooking process. This fryer uses infrared technology to fry the turkey and that means no oil and a much easier clean up. Along with that, the food is healthier, and it comes away from the cooking process with much more of its natural juices.
The fact that you are frying it with no oil also opens up a little more versatility. You can add marinades and rubs to the meat and it will retain much more of the flavor than it would with an oil fryer. This cooker is easy to use, it gets great results and it is made from a durable construction.
Char-Broil has also come out with a Smoker, Roaster and Grill that has similar heating technology to this turkey fryer. The Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill is an appliance that gives you some new ways to cook your food, and depending on your tastes, you may need both appliances!
Who will like the Char-Broil Big Easy infrared turkey fryer?
This product is a great purchase for any person that loves cooking outdoors. It gets great results for frying turkeys, but it also works on chickens, roasts and cuts of pork. The infrared technology delivers even cooking and it keeps the meat juicy and flavorful. This product can be especially good for any person that likes fried food, but they want to cut some of the fat out of the cooking process.
The Char-Broil Big Easy turkey fryer is a great appliance that has so much to offer the consumer. Not only is the food delicious, but you don’t have to buy cooking oil to use and then find something to do with the oil when you are done. With a great design and a great price, this turkey fryer provides the consumer with some serious value.
Video – Seasoning The Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer from Char-Broil
Big Easy Tips
– You can use spice rubs on the turkey because there’s no oil to wash it away.
– Don’t place your Turkey in the cooker basket breast-down as this is a mistake for a few reasons. First, the crispy skin will get stuck to the bottom of the basket and rip, marring what could be a gorgeously browned bird. And, with the heaviest part of the bird sitting on the bottom, the breast will become the perfect canvas on which the target-shaped rings of the cooker basket will impress itself. I also later learned from reading the Char-Broil-run site sizzleonthegrill.com, that it’s better to place the breast up because the heat and infrared rays radiate inward from the sides and not up from the bottom, so the middle is where most of your cooking power will be.
– Place a heavy-duty baking sheet pan or some other tray next to the fryer to rest the basket on when you pull it out for testing or to rest. The turkey will be juicy and dripping, and you don’t want all that grease (from the meat fat, not from any added oil) getting on your concrete or wood deck.
– Make sure you pull the turkey or whatever you’re cooking out of the fryer to test the temperature. It is so hot inside the frying chamber that your temperature will read significantly hotter if you do your tests outside.
– Wear long heatproof gloves. The fryer is open and seems tempting to stick your arm in to pull out the basket or test the temperature. Even with taking the cooker basket out with the provided hook, you may still end up with forearm burns if you aren’t wearing mitts.
– Since there is a tray for drippings, you can use them to make gravy (unlike regular frying). However, the tray is apparently not food safe, so use aluminum to line the pan.
– The Big Easy Infrared fryer is designed to cook large cuts of meat (turkeys, loins, etc). And while it will cook a group of smaller portions (six Cornish hens, say), it doesn’t do so as efficiently, so make adjustments.
Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Customer Reviews
“We have had a regular turkey fryer for years and have enjoyed the turkey. The only concern with the fryer that cooks with oil is how messy it is, the expensive peanut oil, frying with that much oil is not very healthy, and the turkey was usually a bit dry while the outside tended to burn a bit. So, I discovered this Oil-Less turkey fryer, read all the positive reviews, looked at the reasonable price, and decided to buy it.
My husband was skeptical at first, but when he saw how perfect the turkey came out, he now loves it.
Not cooking with oil is a huge plus. But the biggest rave about this turkey fryer is how perfectly browned and crisp the turkey looked on the outside and how moist and flavorful the meat was on the inside. Ten minutes per pound, as suggested in the manual, was perfect timing. Since the turkey cooks slower than with the oil fryer, it allows the marinade and cajun seasoning time to really seep into the turkey.
The fryer was a little tricky to put together since the instructions were not very detailed, but with the help of the Char-Broil website and YouTube, we figured it out. The one-year warranty is also a bonus.” …. Read More
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Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Verdict
The Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer is a stress-free way to fry your turkey. With no hot cooking oil to purchase, splatter, or dispose of, the Char-Broil Big Easy gives you a delicious, safe, and simple alternative to oil-fried turkey. The Big Easy uses infrared heat to cook a turkey from start to finish just as quickly as oil-frying – and, of course, food cooked without oil is healthier, too! The meat is always cooked evenly inside of a double-wall cylindrical cooking chamber, powered by a fully enclosed propane burner.
Char-Broil’s patented Heat Wave infrared technology prevents flare-ups, eliminates hot and cold spots, and delivers juicy, crisp, and flavorful results every time. You can prepare your bird or meat with the same injectable marinade you already use, or you can use seasoned rubs on the outside – which is not an option with traditional fryers. All things considered, if you have the room outside this Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer should be on your short list.
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