Deep Fried Turkey and Apples With a Pecan Caramel Dip

This turkey recipe is absolutely fantastic. You can’t go wrong with fried food, apples, pecans and caramel.  Check out how you can wow your friends with a turkey, apples and some pecan caramel dip!

Deep fried Turkey and apples with a pecan caramel dip

  • Dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • Your favorite injectable marinade
  • 6 apples (Cored out)
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ lb caramel
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (10 to 12 pound) whole turkey
  • 4 to 5 gallons peanut oil (see note)


Preheat oil to 375 degrees F.

Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey. Rinse the turkey well with cold water and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. Take care to dry both inside cavities. Place in a large pan and inject the marinade throughout the cavity and legs of the bird.  You need to let the bird rest so the marinade can spread evenly throughout the cavity. To allow for good oil circulation through the cavity, do not truss or tie legs together. Cut off the wing tips and plump little tail as they may get caught in the fryer basket. Cover pan and place in refrigerator overnight.

Place the outdoor gas burner on a level dirt or grassy area. Never fry a turkey indoors, in a garage, or in any structure attached to a building. Do not fry on wood decks, which could catch fire, or concrete, which could be stained by the oil. (Safety tip: have a fire extinguisher nearby for added safety). Add oil to a 7 to 10 gallon pot with a basket or a rack. At medium-high setting, heat the oil to 375 degrees F.(depending on the amount of oil, outside temperature and wind conditions, this should take about 20 to 40 minutes).

Meanwhile, place the turkey in a basket or on a rack, neck down. When the deep-fry thermometer reaches 375 degrees F. slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. The level of the oil will rise due to the frothing caused by the moisture from the turkey but will stabilize in about 1 minute. (Safety tip: to prevent burns from the splattering oil wear oven mitts/gloves, long sleeves, heavy shoes, and even glasses. It is wise to have 2 people lowering and raising the turkey). Immediately check the oil temperature and increase the flame so the oil temperature is maintained at 350 degrees F. If the temperature drops to 340 degrees F. or below, oil will begin to seep into turkey. Fry about 3 to 4 minutes per pound, or about 35 to 42 minutes for a 10 to 12 pound turkey. Stay with the cooker at all times, as the heat must be regulated. When cooked to 170 degrees F. in the breast or 180 degrees F. in the thigh, carefully remove the turkey for the hot oil. Allow the turkey to drain for a few minutes. (Safety tip: allow the oil to cool completely before storing or disposing). Remove turkey from the rack and place on a serving platter. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.  Then place apples in fryer basket and place in oil, cook for about 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Heat up caramel, butter, and pecans in microwave, serve with the turkey

NOTE: Use only oils with high smoke points, such as peanut, canola, or safflower oil. To determine the correct amount of oil, place the turkey in the pot before adding the seasoning and add water until the turkey is covered. Measure the amount of water and use a corresponding amount of oil. Dry the pot thoroughly of all water.

1 thought on “Deep Fried Turkey and Apples With a Pecan Caramel Dip

  1. Earl Slaughter

    Will you send me or post the recipe for grilled swordfish with sauteed spinach and mushrooms that I saw on Sept. 24,2009?

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