The Big Easy Oil-free infrared turkey fryer from Char-Broil
We all know that frying a turkey can be dangerous. Char-Broil has developed a way to make it not only safer but also cheaper and easier. The Big Easy is the rotisserie infrared propane that gives you foods that looks and tastes very much like they were fried. I think the true versatility of this device has not been discovered yet. All you can reduce is the cooking time as food can be cooked quickly (turkey about 10 minutes per pound). This unit will not be grilling steaks or burgers, but any whole poultry, roasts and other large pieces of meat are perfect. Overall, I must say that this small Oil less fryer is very impressive.
- Fast heating
- Safe alternative to frying Turkey (UL approved)
- Easy to use
- Cook rapidly
- Limited versatility for food sizes
- Safe Non-Food pan
- A 18,000 BTU burner heat a closed circular chamber to generate radiant heat (infrared)
- Rotating the piezoelectric ignition button
- Works on an LPG tank 20 pounds standard
- Removable aluminum (healthy non-food) recovery tank
- Great food capacity removable basket
Made in China by Char-Broil and available at a number of outlets
The Big Easy Oil-free infrared turkey fryer from Char-Broil – Guide Review
Char-Broil has proven with this device they are looking to innovation for the future of society. This surprisingly powerful little “turkey fryer” is actually a small pretty versatile cooker that can easily prepare a variety of foods quickly. This “fryer” is actually nothing of the sort, but rather a (radiant heat) infrared baking oven propane. I guess they are marketing as a “fryer without oil” because the food comes out very similar to fried (without all that oil).
The Char-Broil Big Easy uses a circular propane burner 18,000 BTU in a closed chamber to heat a large metal pan. It then pots infrared heat to your food with great force. In fact, the efficiency of this unit is pretty amazing. You would be hard to cook it hot and fast on a gas grill with only 18,000 BTUs.
This unit uses no oil so it costs very little to operate. It is much safer than turkey fryers and you can use sauces, rubs and seasonings that you would not be able to with a normal turkey fryer. You can cook a turkey of 16 pounds in just over two hours.
I find the basket a little restrictive food, or perhaps not sufficiently restrictive. Above turkey 16 pounds there is a lot you can do with this device (such as large Brazilian beef skewers), but you need to be creative to get the food to sit properly so they can cook uniformly. Char-Broil is apparently looking at some accessories that will make this more versatile in the future.
On outdoor meals I made with this cooking juice machine in the recycling bin were clear and not burned. Unfortunately, the bin is not included healthy food and Char-Broil clear that the juices in the pan should not be used (like to make the sauce). You can install a small standard disposable aluminum pan in the drip tray and catch the cooking juices for later use.
This cooker sells for about $ 100USD.