Deep-Fried Wild Turkey
A plump, juicy turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving meal centerpiece. Spice up this year's bird by deep-frying it to perfection.
- 3 to 5 gallons peanut oil
- 1 wild turkey cleaned
- Seasonings of choice (both injectable and dry rubs work well)
Heat the oil to 300 to 350 degrees. Rub the turkey with seasonings and inject with further seasonings, if desired. Hook a wire coat hanger around each of the drumsticks and carefully lower the turkey into the oil. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer inserted into the white meat registers 180 degrees. The turkey tends to float when cooked through. Remove the turkey from the oil and drain well. Wrap in foil to keep warm. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
Yield: 10 servings depending on the size of the bird.