Two turkeys and a sacrificial chicken were brined in salt and herbs. I read that sugar in the brine blackens the final bird leaving them unappealing. This being my first time at deep frying a turkey, I first test fried a chicken.
The proper setup is in the middle of the yard where the grease can run free. " Merry Greasemas"
Safety gear: long heavy glove, safety goggles, long pants, nerve tonic.
Big mistake–cheap candy thermometer.
The rising of the phoenix, or George Hamilton by the pool. The bronzed bird rises from the pot. All in just 36 minutes.
final comment: This was great fun and truly delicious, but the oven and the grill produce their own signature tastes.