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Char-Broil's The Big Easy Oil-less Infrared Turkey Fryer

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Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil LLC.

The Bottom Line

We all know that turkey frying can be dangerous. Char-Broil has developed a way to make it not only safer, but cheaper and easier. The Big Easy is a propane powered infrared roaster oven that gives you foods that look and taste very much like they were fried. I believe that the true versatility of this unit has yet to be discovered. Anything you can lower into the cooking chamber can be cooked quickly (turkey at about 10 minutes a pound). This unit won't grill steaks or burgers but any whole poultry, roasts and other larger cuts of meat are perfect. All in all I have to say that this little cooker is very impressive.
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Pros

  • Quick Heating
  • Safe Alternative to Deep Frying Turkey (UL approved)
  • Easy to Use
  • Cooks Quickly

Cons

  • Limited Versatility for Food Sizes
  • Non-Food Safe Drip Pan

Description

  • One 18,000 BTU circular burner heating a closed chamber to generate radiant (infrared) heat
  • Turn knob piezoelectric igniter
  • Operates on a standard 20-pound LP tank
  • Removable aluminum (non-food safe) drip tray
  • Large capacity removable food basket
  • Made in China by Char-Broil and available at a number of retail outlets

Guide Review - Char-Broil's The Big Easy Oil-less Infrared Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil has proven with this unit that they are looking to innovation for the future of the company. This surprisingly powerful little "turkey fryer" is actually a pretty versatile little cooker that can easily prepare a wide range of foods quickly. This "fryer" is actually nothing of the sort, but rather an infrared (radiant heat), propane powered cooking oven. I suppose they are marketing it as an "oil-less fryer" because the food comes out very similar to deep fried (without all that oil).

The Char-Broil Big Easy uses an 18,000 BTU circular propane burner in an enclosed chamber to heat a large metal pot. This pot then radiates infrared heat at your food with a great deal of power. Actually the efficiency of this unit is pretty amazing. You would be hard pressed to cook this hot and this fast on any gas grill with only 18,000 BTUs.

This unit uses no oil so it costs very little to operate. It is considerably safer than turkey fryers and you can use sauces, rubs and seasonings that you wouldn't be able to with a normal turkey fryer. You can cook a 16-pound turkey in a little over 2 hours.

I do find the food basket a little restrictive, or maybe not restrictive enough. Above the 16-pound turkey there are a lot you can do with this unit (like big kebabs of Brazilian beef) but you will need to be creative to get foods to sit properly so they can cook evenly. Char-Broil is apparently looking at some accessories that will make this unit more versatile in the future.

On the cookouts I've done with this unit the drippings in the drip tray were clear and unburned. Unfortunately the included tray is not food safe and Char-Broil clearly states that drippings in the tray should not be used (like to make gravy). You can fit a small standard disposable aluminum pan into this drip tray and catch the drippings this way for use later.

This cooker sells for about $100USD.

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 5 out of 5
Char-broil Big Easy Grill, Member dalex234

If I could give this product 10 Stars I would...... I have had it for almost 3 years and it has not let me down. For Thanksgiving this year (2012) I used the Big Easy for my Turkey again!! The Turkey is much better (and certainly healthier) than the ""Deep Fryer"" alternative. It is crispy on the outside, and JuIcY and well seasoned on the inside. My kitchen was full of chefs (wife and mother-in-law) and the oven was not available, though I would not have used the oven for the turkey anyway.

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