Thanksgiving Recipe: Lori Tucker’s fried turkey tradition

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many families get together for Thanksgiving, including the family of WATE 6 On Your Side anchor Lori Tucker. Lori celebrates the holiday with her daughters, husband and her dad, also known as “Pawpaw.” Her father travelled to East Tennessee to be with the family.

A tradition for Lori’s family is deep-fried turkey. “My husband Steve is very serious about his fried turkey,” said Lori “I always try to distract him, but it doesn’t work!”

Butterball has tips for cooks on how to deep-fry a turkey indoors:

  1. Completely thaw the turkey
  2. Remove the neck and giblets
  3. Put oil in the fryer but do not fill it over the maximum line
  4. Preheat to 400 degrees
  5. Dry the turkey with paper towels and prepare with seasonings
  6. When oil is heated, place the turkey into the fryer slowly
  7. Cook the turkey 3-4 minutes per pound.
  8. Dark meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 175-180 degrees. White meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees.
  9. Slowly lift turkey from pot when done and put it on a pan or paper towels to drain.
  10. Turkey should sit for 20 minutes before it is removed from the rack and carved.

For tips on frying a turkey outdoors, visit ButterBall’s website.

Related: Butterball Turkey text or talk help lines open for Thanksgiving

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