Char-Broil has introduced (and just in time for the Holidays) an new cooking device. This unique unit is labeled an infrared turkey fryer. No oil needed. It looks like a large deep fryer but there the similarities end. This is a propane powered infrared roaster, black steel on the outside and stainless steel on the inside. It doesn't cook as fast as a deep fryer would. Typically a fryer cooks at 4 minutes a pound while this unit is closer to 9 minutes. This means you can get a 16-pound turkey (largest recommended size) in about 2 1/2 hours. Still much faster than you would get out of your oven. One of the advantages is that you can load up this bird with injections, rubs and even stuffing before it goes into cook.
I haven't had a chance to look at this unit yet but several bloggers have been talking about it including my friend Barry Martin (who blogs for Char-Broil). The question that pops into my mind is: Are people so afraid of frying turkeys that they will go to any length to avoid it? I regularly deep fry turkey and have never had a minutes trouble with them, but I've certainly heard all the horror stories associated with this. Would you be more comfortable with something like this versus a turkey fryer?
I hope to get a chance to try some turkey out of this unit soon and will let you know what I think the first chance I get.