Char-Broil 08101480 The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer
List Price: $189.00

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Product Description

Sold as each. 100% infrared heat. No hot oil to burn, splatter or spill. Great for pork, beef, and poultry. Patented infrared cooking technology that locks-in flavor and juices. Removable grease drawer. 16,000 BTU burner fryer basket with lifter. Stainless steel cooking chamber. Rotary ignition. Cool touch handles meat thermometer. Maximum turkey size is 16 lbs. Assembled dimensions: 22"H x 15.75"W x 15.75"D. Requires LP tank (not included) - use SKU # 8100018. Boxed. Manufacturer number: 8101480. Buy Hardware Supplies SKU #: 8235186. Country of origin: China. Distributed by Charbroil.

Features:
  • Patented Infrared cooking technology
  • Able to cook turkeys (up to 16 lbs.), chickens, beef roasts, pork tenderloins, and other large cuts of meat
  • Does not use oil, no more splatter or flash fire safety hazard as well as no more disposal of used oil
  • Includes cooker, cooking basket, lifter, meat thermometer and quick start cooking guide

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Product
    We tried the fryer this Thanksgiving, and it worked as advertised. If anything, the turkey cooked faster than advertised. I would definitely recommend using a thermometer and not going by time. The juices collected nicely below and made for a great gravy, a bonus for oil-free frying. The turkey turned out great (will try brining it next time for a little more juiciness) and cleanup was a breeze. Two thumbs way up!...more info
  • Finger Lickin' Good
    I've cooked three 15 lb turkeys since getting this cooker before Thanksgiving. All have come out perfect. I brined all three overnight, and inserted the thermometer in the thickest part of the breast during cooking. No un-cooked areas.

    I also did a traditionally fried turkey on Thanksgiving so we could do a taste test. You cannot duplicate the exact taste of a fried turkey with this cooker, but all agreed it tasted great. Even at twice the cook time of frying, this cooker uses much less propane as it is a low flame in an enclosed area. And no oil to deal with!

    I did two birds at Christmas. We then cooked down the carcasses into a stock that included the drippings from the bottom of the cooker, and made a great turkey gumbo. I recently cooked a couple of chickens, and will next try a pork loin. I may never fry a turkey again. It looks like my old rig will go back to just boiling crawfish.

    My only complaint is that it comes with a basket, and then Char-broil wants you to buy the hinged "Easy Out" basket as an accessory for $20. They should have made the original basket an easy out. It is a pain trying to get a hot, 15 pound turkey out of the basket.

    Other than that, it was a great buy.
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  • Thoroughly pleased
    This fryer works great! It takes a little longer for your turkey to cook but my family thought this was the best bird we had eaten. The birds were juicy, flavorful, healthy and clean up is a snap. ...more info
  • Char-Broil Big Easy
    I love my new Big Easy. It was very easy to assemble. It works just as advertised. The thing that I have been most surprised by is the small amount of propane that it consumes. I had less than half of a 20# tank when I hooked it up. I have cooked two 13# turkeys and an 8# chicken, and still haven't changed tanks.
    The turkey that I cooked for Thanksgiving was praised by all of the family as being the best that they had ever had....more info
  • Satisfied
    After assembling the cooker and seasoning it per the provided instructions, I cooked two small hens, probably 3.5-4 lbs. each. Seasoned the birds with a dry rub I concocted and let them marinate in the fridge about four hours before I was ready to cook them. The cooker is easy as anything to use and is pretty much hassle-free. I am accustomed to frying chickens and turkeys in oil, so I was concerned that the birds were not getting as brown as quickly as with the conventional oil fryers. I wound up cooking the birds for two hours and they emerged as a light golden brown, with spots of darker colored "burn" marks on the wings and tops of the breasts. Once I got them in the house and on the plate, the meat nearly fell off the bone. They were extremely tender, moist and delicious. My persnickety wife raved about the meal and said it was the best chicken she's ever tasted. I thought is was good too. We're having the second bird for supper tonight. Love this unit and will recommend it to anyone who likes to cook! (and especially eat!!!)...more info
  • Char-Broil Big Easy - Easy and Delicious
    I ordered this over the weekend before Thanksgiving and got it the day before Thanksgiving. Craftsmanship was ok, it got slightly dinged in shipping but nothing that made it unusable. Now on to the important part, using it.
    They call it a turkey fryer which it isn't since there's no fat or oil involved. The results though were terrific! I've deep fried turkeys for the last year or two while they were good there was an awful lot of hassle with all the oil and prep work. With this unit all you have to do is connect your propane tank, turn on the gas, just turn it on no settings, and turn the dial for the igniter, then unpack your turkey pat it dry, put it in the basket, insert the provided thermometer and drop it in. They recommend rubbing your turkey down with a little olive oil which I did, and I rubbed it with a little kosher salt but nothing else. In approximately 2 hours for about a 15lb turkey it was done.
    The turkey was golden brown on the outside and very tender and juicy inside the whole family loved it.
    Big advantages:
    - No oil to buy (around here peanut oil for a fryer is up to $50.)
    - None of the problems with oil: Safety, clean-up, cooldown period.
    - Set it and forget it practically, no need to watch it every second.
    - Drip tray included to catch drippings to make gravy, can't do that with a deep fryer.
    - Easy cleanup, leave it on for a while to turn any drippings in the bottom of the cooking chamber to ash and practically brush them out, basket for the turkey is able to be put through a dishwasher.

    Overall it was a fantastic way to cook a turkey, and the results were great the whole family thought the turkey was wonderfully juicy and tender....more info
  • Some Cajuns Like the Big Easy!!!
    We have been "Deep Frying" turkeys in oil for nearly two decades and I must say that the "Big Easy" is an AWESOME piece of equipment!

    We received a call from a friend in Cajun country and he told us that we should buy the Big Easy. We bought it from Amazon back in Feb 2008. We did not use the fryer until yesterday, for Thanksgiving. We were shocked! It was easy to use and there is hardly anything to clean up . If you follow the directions, you will not go wrong. Before we used the fryer, I went to the Charbroil site and read the tips and updated information concerning the fryer.

    You only have to do this the first time you use the fryer:

    1. After you put the fryer together, DO NOT put anything in the fryer other than the basket and turn on the fryer for 15 minutes.
    2. After the fryer has cooled, spray Pam in the fryer, place the basket in the fryer and turn on the fryer for 10 mins.
    3. After the fryer has cooled, put some olive or peanut oil on a paper towel and rub the oil on the basket. Place your season turkey in the basket and turn on the fryer. Make sure the turkey legs are pointing down or resting in the bottom of the basket and keep the metal brace that keeps the turkey legs together intact.

    ** Each time the fryer is used, repeat step three (Oiling the basket).**


    Tip:

    If you cover the turkey with olive oil, the turkey will darken so if you like the blacken turkey or dark turkey, coat the turkey with oil. Do not put oil on the wing tips because the tip will burn quicker. If you use olive oil, do not place the cover on the fryer and in fact you really don't need to put the lid on at all. I did not put oil on the back of the turkey just to compare the color of the turkey. You don't need to put oil on the turkey because the turkey will have a pretty brown color without the oil.

    Pull the skin back from the breast, place the season under the skin (Dried & Fresh), garlic, onion, etc use your imagination. Pull the skin back in place and season the inside of the turkey. While the turkey is in the basket, I placed half a lemon in the top of the turkey along with fresh rosemary, mint etc.

    The garlic did not get mushy as it retained its shape but it was easy to smash. I smashed it with two fingers, placed it on top of the turkey and ate it. It was heavenly! The lemon came out juicy so I squeezed the lemon on the turkey. It was good! The lemon nor the spices did not over power the turkey as it gave a good flavor. The next time I think I will juice the lemon, puree the seasons and rub the turkey inside and out as well as place more whole garlic cloves in the turkey. The season does not burn.

    On Thanksgiving, we fried two turkeys, one with oil and one with the Big Easy. The skin was crisp as you cannot tell the difference between the oil fried turkey and the Big Easy turkey. In fact, the white meat held more moisture than the deep fried turkey. We compared the two and the Big Easy won hands down. The Big Easy is healthier than the oil fried turkey. The juice pan collected the drippings, we chilled the drippings, removed the fat so it can be frozen in cubes for a later day. The turkey did not stick to the basket. When you purchase the Big Easy, the savings from not having to buy peanut oil is something that you do not have to buy.

    Charbroil has accessories for the Big Easy at their website. I recommend the Big Easy and FOLLOW the direction!
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  • Better than oil
    Got this for Christmas, set it up and used it same day. Was a little tricky assembling but not bad. Bird came out great, I will never fry again. Crisp skin, juicy meat. Excellent, and it only took 3.5 hours to do a 20 lb bird....more info
  • Works, but is NOT a fryer.
    Here is another product that in our opinion (my wife's and mine), while it works, does in no way do what it claims. You cannot fry infrared. You need oil to fry with. It's that simple. How I got taken in I don't know. The turkey took almost three hours to cook through (14 lbs) and was dry and tasteless. My dogs ended up eating it.
    A couple of days later, we tried a couple of chickens. Same tasteless result. It also makes no sense. They should have tasted oven baked, but didn't. This very expensive contraption is now sitting out in the shed.

    Oh, by the way, just so you know, the manufacturer Char-Broil seemingly has no confidence in this product. It is only guaranteed for 3 months. Had I known about this, I would never have bought it.
    Stick to a big aluminum pot and oil for real fried taste.
    ...more info
  • not sure about this
    Tried this for Thanksgiving and am not sure if I did all I could for taste. Brined the turket overnight and yet it seemed tasteless and rather dry. Cooked it until the correct temp on gauge, and since I couldn't baste it, it seemed dry. Need to experiment on marinades I guess. ...more info
  • Big Easy
    I have enjoyed my Big Easy for a month now. I have cooked five narrow faces (chickens) and one turkey during the month and the results have been great. I like the ability to cut the cooker on and walk away to prepare the rest of the meal without worry of over cooking or burning the meat. My three children have complemented me over and over about how moist and tasty the meat turns out.
    Last week I cooked two birds at one time, we did not eat both for supper so I saved the second one for a couple of days. I came home from work and put the saved bird in the basket and cranked up the Big Easy for a half hour and it was ready to eat, just as moist as the first bird.
    I've alredy talked four of my friends into buying a Big Easy and they are all happy with theirs.
    I plan to cook on it tomorrow for the Super Bowl and expect Super results.

    Larry Micol, Jr.
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  • Great new way to cook
    Just got this thing a couple of weeks ago and have been very pleased thus far. We've cooked a chicken, turkey, and a prime rib roast and all of them turned out great. I do recommend however looking online for tips and tricks. While it comes with basic directions, learning from people who have used it firsthand is the way to go...the Char Broil site has some additional recipes and information as well....more info
  • Great cooker
    This works really well, although it does take longer than an oil
    fryer.I also would consult sources for temp for being done. The manual for
    this unit says 160 for turkey,but I have had better luck going to 175 to 180 on a meat thermometer.I like that I can use any recipe you would use with an oil fryer and no messy oil to let cool and drain.I rated it 4 out of five only because of cooking time.I would highly recommend this fryer.
    I can't wait to try some of the other ideas for ribbs,etc....more info
  • GREAT COOKER
    GOOD BYE PEANUT OIL. WORKS GREAT. QUICK CLEAN-UP. WORKS GREAT.SAVE MON EY O N THE OIL..NO MESS. WHAT CAN I SAY, I LIKE IT. MOST EVERY WEEKEND... GET YOU ONE. FOR SALE CHEAP.. OIL TURKEY COOKER, HA...more info
  • Works, but is NOT a fryer.
    Here is another product that in our opinion (my wife's and mine), while it works, does in no way do what it claims. You cannot fry infrared. You need oil to fry with. It's that simple. How I got taken in I don't know. The turkey took almost three hours to cook through (14 lbs) and was dry and tasteless. My dogs ended up eating it.
    A couple of days later, we tried a couple of chickens. Same tasteless result. It also makes no sense. They should have tasted oven baked, but didn't. This very expensive contraption is now sitting out in the shed.

    Oh, by the way, just so you know, the manufacturer Char-Broil seemingly has no confidence in this product. It is only guaranteed for 3 months. Had I known about this, I would never have bought it.
    Stick to a big aluminum pot and oil for real fried taste.
    ...more info
  • GREAT COOKER
    GOOD BYE PEANUT OIL. WORKS GREAT. QUICK CLEAN-UP. WORKS GREAT.SAVE MON EY O N THE OIL..NO MESS. WHAT CAN I SAY, I LIKE IT. MOST EVERY WEEKEND... GET YOU ONE. FOR SALE CHEAP.. OIL TURKEY COOKER, HA...more info
  • Great Christmas Turkey this year.
    The Big Easy is all it is billed to be. Easy to put together, easy to use, and easy to clean. I cooked with it for the 1st time on Christmas morning and closely followed the instructions. The turkey was moist as could be on the inside and the skin was nicely crisp and golden brown. Beautiful turkey and very tasty. I am very pleased with this purchase and recommend it to anyone not wanting to get into the expense of oil, and the disposale/storage/safety issues associated with oil.
    Merry Christmas!...more info
  • not sure about this
    Tried this for Thanksgiving and am not sure if I did all I could for taste. Brined the turket overnight and yet it seemed tasteless and rather dry. Cooked it until the correct temp on gauge, and since I couldn't baste it, it seemed dry. Need to experiment on marinades I guess. ...more info
  • Great cooking tool!
    This is a great cooking tool! It takes about 15-20 minutes to assemble (unfortunate, but I'm sure it reduces the cost to the consumer as well). The craftsmanship isn't A-grade because of sharp edges and such, but overall it is sturdy enough to seem like it will last a long time.

    I wanted to test it out before Thanksgiving, so I bought a 12 lbs turkey to try it out. The turkey took about 2 hours and 15 minutes to cook, which is a little longer than their estimated time (the outside temperature was rather low at 30 degrees F).

    The result? Delicious. The skin was nice and crispy, and the inside meat was extremely moist.

    The fryer is easy to use, and it can be used for cooking all kinds of meats. I'm really excited to cook a bigger bird on Thursday! ...more info
  • greaseless fryer
    very easy to use and just as good as the one you use grease for...more info