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I told you that I've been playing with Char-Broil's newest toy lately. The Big Easy is a large bucket of a cooker that runs on infrared heat, not oil. Billed as safer, easier and cheaper to operate than a turkey fryer. While it might not be as fast as oil it does what it promises and I think it can do a lot more. Char-Broil will tell you that any big cut of meat from whole poultry to roasts are perfect for The Big Easy. Read the review and see what I think.

Review of The Big Easy


December 28, 2007 at 7:41 am
(1) Bill says:

Love it works graet for turkey now we need some other recipes

October 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm
(2) cb says:

Hiya Bill – I write the recipe blog for Char-Broil. If you check it out, http://www.sizzleonthegrill.com there is a Search Recipe tab that will connect you to several recipes for The Big Easy – more than just turkey. But the best way to describe cooking in The Big Easy oil-less turkey fryer is it’s a technique, one specific type of tool. So understanding that it uses infrared and not convection heat to roast the turkey or other meat is the key thing to learn. Then it’s a matter of exploring that technique.

While you can use rubs in The Big Easy, not in oil fryers, you should refrain from using sugar or other spices that burn in extreme heat and when exposed to infrared, cause they will burn something bad – unless of course that’s your flavor!

Hope this helps and thanks to Derrick for letting me post this. My blog is biased for Char-Broil products, but my guess is the more than 400 recipes will work on whatever grill you have at home! – CB

December 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm
(3) Scott says:

Temperature, 45 degrees. Overcast, no wind. Nineteen pound bird. I rubbed it with olive oil and seasoned with equal parts of thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Placed the bird in the rack, put the rack in the cooker, put the lid on, and lit it. Roughly 10 minutes per pound and 3 hours and 10 minutes later took the bird out, covered with foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes. In the meantime, I cleaned the cooker. Wiped it with a paper towel. . .done. Took 30 seconds. I was also careful to remove the heavy metal mesh lid when my desired browness was reached. If I handed that turkey to you on a platter, you’d say “I just love deep fried turkey!”, except, it wasn’t fried. Skin was perfectly browned, perfectly crisp and tasty. Bird was moist, tender, and perfectly PERFECTLY cooked! Nine people raved about it, and I’m raving about it. I could not believe how good this thing works. Used very little propane too. If I could give it 6 stars, I would. EXCELLENT PRODUCT. I CAN’T RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY ENOUGH!! I’m buying another one and keeping it in the box in case they stop making it in 20 years and I need a new one!

February 1, 2009 at 8:37 am
(4) Les Hinrichs says:

Upon using the Big Easy for the first time, It did not cook the turkey (10 lb.) evenly. The top (breast) and most of the sides were done in about an hour, but when I took it out to carve it, the bottom was still RAW!
I had to turn the turkey over 180 degrees and recook it to finish the raw bottom.
It seems to me the turkey should sit up higher in the unit to cook more evenly. Great concept but poor engineering or design if you ask me. Wasn’t this product thoroughly tested before it hit the market?
I would like a solution to this problem because I’m not a happy camper with this product right now. Do your homework and contact me ASAP.
Thank you for your time, Les.

November 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(5) David Wise says:

I am currently cooking my first 12 lb turkey. I have always fried turkey, but this concept seemed to be a lot safer however, I have been cooking the turkey now for almost 4 hours and the turkey is still not done. The temperature is only 135 degrees. It states that it only take 10 minutes per pound, but this is not the case. I am hoping that it will be ready within the next hour. I am definitely going to take this thing back to Lowes for a refund due to false advertisement.

November 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(6) pat says:

cooked my 1st turkey yesterday. 18 lbs. I injected some creole butter liquids from cajun injector the night before and rubbed down with olive oil and tony chacheres. dropped the bird in the pot and fired it off. 2hrs 40 min it was a golden brown and the thermometer read 165 degrees. I placed it in a foil pan and covered with foil. dropped it in an ice chest and fed my office staff. Everyone said it was the best “fried” turkey they ever had. BTW i had 5-6 husbands track me down last night to get my opinion. yep i have bought my last peanut oil for frying turkeys…

November 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(7) Scott D. says:

Les – Did you figure out the problem? I had the same thing happen but there is an easy fix. Email me at sd6270@hotmail.com if needed.


December 25, 2009 at 9:13 am
(8) Old Bob says:

You must make sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking. It should be room temperature. A lot of people are afraid of this but that’s the key with something that cooks this fast.

April 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(9) T C Gage says:

My unit will not stay lit. Used it the 1st time (in no wind) and it worked OK.. same if not better results can be had simply using the oven. Second, third and fourth tries were unsuccesful (in the garage with NO wind). I’ve taken it apart and rebuilt it 2 times. Ive cleaned out everything that could be cleaned. Now, Customer service says to replace the regulator. My thought now is to take it out to the woods and see how tight a pattern I can make at 200 yards with my hunting rifle. Waste of money and a waste of time.

November 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(10) Jeff says:

I started a 6 lb turkey breast and it took 2 hours….the “pop” thermometer didn’t even pop. I just cut into the Turkey but the internal is still pink…it just seems to take too long? Any suggestions??

November 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(11) Mike says:

Used the Big Easy today for the first time,16# bird injected with Toney’s Creole Butter 2hrs 45 min. cooked to perfection,fed 17 employees Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings nothing left but the carcass,works great!!!

November 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(12) Gigi says:

We used it for the first time. It was awesome! We followed all the directions, seasoned it twice before using it on Thanksgiving day. Falling temps in the 40′s, kept lid on, cooked a 13 pd in 1.5 hours perfectly! I have been bragging about it ever since. We will use this again and again and again as long as it does that good. There are vidoes online with people cooking other stuff in it. It was super great to have the oven free to cook the ham and other go-along-withs on Thanksgiving. It was a total winner for us.

December 30, 2010 at 9:30 am
(13) Todd G says:

Bought a traditional deep fryer to try for the first time for X-mas dinner. Began to put the deep fryer together and found that that threads on the connector to the gas nozzle were bad. Had flames shooting out the nozzle….Returned the deep fryer and bought a Big Easy….It’s awesome! simple to assemble, simple to cook with. I cooked a 12 lb turkey for the first time last week and it turned out GREAT. YOU MUST BRINE THE TURKEY for at least 12 hours. I added a light herb rub and dropped it in (in garage w/ door open) went inside relaxed and in 2 hours the bird was at 165… tented it for 15 minutes to cool, sliced and served. Very moist and flavorful.

November 4, 2011 at 7:37 am
(14) Ted W says:

I can not find any recipes or info for cooking duck in the Big Easy> hope you can help.

January 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(15) Liz says:

Can I cook a brisket in the Big Easy? Will the temp be low enough for the brisket to be tender?

November 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(16) Kerry says:

I lost my instructions. Can someone tell me when and for how long to put the browning weave lid on? Also i will be smoking turkey on a Traeger for about 3 hours prior to finishing on Big Easy.

December 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(17) Scott says:

I have learned that if you put a piece of aluminum foil over the top, covering about 3/4 of the weave lid it cooks things better at the top.

December 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm
(18) Scott says:

I have used the “Big Easy” to cook turkey. This christmas we will try cooking the ham. All you have to do is watch the temperature. Use the times listed as a guide. Don’t rely on the pop out plastic tab. I have done lots of cooking on a rotsserie, just watch the temperature. I like the big easy, i’ve never had any problems. No oil to buy and pitch. Alot less hassle. The turkey i have done come out awesome. I rub oil on the bird with a rub of your choice. I have injected some with different flavors. I would recommend anyone who wants to use a fryer, this is by far alot better than the oil fryers. I have used both. The basket weave top can be used as long as you wish. I have left it onthe whole time. Depends on your taste. Remember to let the meat “rest” before you cut it, 20-30 minutes.

February 1, 2013 at 9:15 am
(19) Karen Thorne says:

I have had my big easy for 6 years now, I take it camping with us, (nascar races) and I also use it alot at home. Our favourite is a huge pork roast. It is by far my favourite thing to cook with, I have every accessory that they sell and use every one of them. Not one accessory is a bad idea. I love doing my ribs because everyone tells me they are the best they have ever had. My husband backed into it with his truck the other day and we immediately went and bought a new one. I will never be without my Char-Broil Big Easy. I really wanted to buy the smoker/roaster and grill, but they don’t sell them up here in Canada and I needed a new one before the Daytona 500 party I am having.

November 10, 2013 at 12:57 am
(20) Rumple Foreskiin says:

I have been reading all this negative comments about the big easy.
The bottom line is;
This is the best cooker I have ever seen on the market !!!!
It works and it cooks to perfection.
If you people are having problems with it, then maybe you ought to just eat out because you are too freaking stupid to even cook an egg !!!!!

November 18, 2013 at 9:46 am
(21) Dan Boone says:

I absolutely LOVE my Big Easy! I do Boston Butts and Turkeys all the time. I have one in right now for the office group. Can’t wait to see their faces.

December 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(22) El says:

The Big Easy Rocks!! You must get one. Cooking the turkey was so easy with just a dry rub. It came out delicious; juicy inside and crispy outside. No preheating, no basting, no brining…set it and forget it until the thermometer reaches 165. This frees up my oven for ham, stuffing, and all the other sides for thanksgiving. I’ve made 4 turkeys in a week! Love this new toy!

December 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm
(23) Charles says:

Just used our new Big Easy for the first time. 19 lb turkey, about 50 degrees outside and some wind. We figured a little over three hours but after about 2 1/2 hours it was obvious that it wasn’t cooking fast enough even though we left the wire lid on the entire time. We finally cut off the 20 lb propane cylinder, disconnected the regulator, hooked it back up and cut the tank back on. This corrected the problem. The temperature went up to about 375 degrees between the turkey and the side wall, where it was running around 275 degrees before. This seems to be a periodic problem with the newer propane tanks with the overfill protection devices. If we had corrected this problem to begin with I think 3 – 3 1/2 hours would have been about right. The turkey turned out great. Also I’d like to recommend the Maverick wireless barbeque thermometer set with two probes – one for the meat and the other for the grill or cooker. It worked great and we could tell exactly what the temperatures were. I highly recommend the Big Easy and the Maverick thermometer set. And if it’s not cooking hot enough, check your propane tank and connection.

January 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
(24) edward says:

love the big easy cooks great

January 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm
(25) frank garcia says:

Hello! i see more than expected negative feedbacks on the product. i have had this product for 3yrs now and straight out of the box it has worked perfect. i then bought two more to give as gifts. one to my best friend and my brother and they two have not had any problem and have good some very good feast. if youll are like me. i have wood pit, butane grill, oil fryers and this oilless fryer i also good competively and have never had any issues. Char broil still number one on my list. great job.

January 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(26) frank garcia says:

Hello! i see more than expected negative feedbacks on the product. i have had this product for 3yrs now and straight out of the box it has worked perfect. i then bought two more to give as gifts. one to my best friend and my brother and they two have not had any problem and have good some very good feast.

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