We're not lyin'...... we are fryin' our turkey!

For the past few years we have been frying our holiday bird!

The Thanksgiving meal is truly a special event at our home. Joy likes it to be an experience as well as a fabulous family meal. We begin the day before by preparing the turkeys. Two turkeys will be fried and one will be prepared the traditional way. The fire pit is piled high with well-seasoned logs and the bourbon bar Joy has set up will definitely keep everyone warm during the frying process.

All the men in the family take part in the frying of the turkey and each have their own job to do. Our nephew “ little Jimmy” has a wonderful spice rub that he created, so it is his job to prepare the turkey. One sets up the fryer, another pours in the oil.... All of the women and younger children are called outside to watch as we anxiously wait for the oil to come up to temperature. It is Uncle Chris who has the honor of lowering the bird into its oil bubble bath. We take pictures and clap... wait a minute... is this normal? All of a sudden it sounds ridiculous! Oh well... we love it!

Most frying kits come with all you need: the pot, turkey rack, lifting hook, and deep-fat thermometer. The fryer sits on a burner that you connect to a propane tank — turkey frying should always happen outside and not near the house (make sure you read the owner’s manual for all safety precautions).

If using a  frozen bird, the turkey should be thoroughly thawed and you need to allow enough time for it to come to room temperature before entering the hot oil. Wash it and dry completely. The spice rub is next. Very reluctantly “little Jimmy” has agreed to share this recipe. He is like someone else in our family, our Nana. She never liked to share her recipes outside of the family and would intentionally leave out one ingredient!

We hope you enjoy our spice-rub-fried turkey, and really, any rub will do. You do not have to do a rub at all. Just season with salt and pepper and enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Jimmy’s Special Spice Rub

1 12-13 lb turkey, washed and dried thoroughly

1-1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1-1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

1 teaspoon adobo seasoning

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon paprika

Combine all spices in a small bowl. Stir to mix. Rub all over turkey. Let turkey sit with rub overnight in refrigerator uncovered. You want the turkey as dry as possible before lowering into the hot oil.