Do you want to fry a whole turkey, but are put off by the gallons of oil it takes? Let’s face it, deep-fat frying a turkey is one of those things that sounds better in theory than in reality. Sure, a fried turkey is moist and delicious and has a crispy skin. But the huge amount of hot oil involved also leads to spills, burns, fires and an extended and lengthy clean-up. What if you could have the same results without the oil and hassle?
Char-Broil The Big Easy is the solution to your deep-fat fried turkey nightmares! Using infrared heat, this oil-less turkey fryer gives you the same results as a deep-fat fryer without the extended prep and clean-up times! It is more versatile as well, and can handle making beef and pork roasts, ribs, chicken and duck. Perfect for larger families, parties and camping, this oil-less fryer lives up to its name!
Char-Broil The Big Easy Review
Let’s take a closer look at the top features and then unbox this unit together.
Key Features of Char-Broil The Big Easy
Patented Infrared Technology
Eliminates flare-ups and promotes even cooking! The heat is radiated from the sides and bottom of the chamber, so your food is surrounded by heat and there are no hot or cold spots to worry about. No need to adjust your food as it cooks, and it will be perfectly crispy on the outside while still moist within!
No Hot Oil!
No more worrying about staining your deck, burns, spills, fires or a greasy mess to clean up! Your food cooks without any added oil. No need to wait for oil to preheat or to cool down, this unit is ready to cook in minutes and can be cleaned the same night! Since your food is not cooked in oil, you can use seasonings and dry rubs for additional flavor!
Designed to last for years, this fryer is constructed from all stainless steel parts. The exterior is coated to protect against rusting and other weather effects, and the handles will stay cool while in use. The legs safely elevate the unit from your yard or deck. This fryer is easy to clean and maintain!
You can’t beat the capacity of this fryer! Cook a whole 16 pound turkey, or several chickens or ducks at a time! With additional accessories, you can cook multiple racks of ribs, kabobs and even up to 28 chicken drumsticks at a time! Perfect for feeding a large group or for a holiday main course, this fryer can handle the big cooking tasks!
With the additional accessories you can also cook chicken quarters, drumsticks, thighs or wings with ease. Also perfect for bone-in or boneless roasts, pork tenderloin, racks of beef or pork ribs, and kabobs. The versatility of this fryer is unmatched! The Big Easy not only cooks large and small items without using oil, it is easy to transport! Since it is powered by liquid propane, you can take it with you camping or to a party!
Removable Stainless Steel Cooking Chamber and Drip Tray
Once seasoned, the inner removable chamber will develop a beautiful patina that will resist sticking and is easy to clean. Made from thick stainless steel, it will last for years and will not warp under heat. The removable drip tray will prevent the unit from staining your deck, and allow you to collect your tasty drippings to make sauces and gravies!
What Comes Inside the Box?
This unit comes complete with everything you need to start frying a turkey tonight!
Char-Broil The Big Easy includes:
- The main unit (propane tank not included)
- Stainless steel cooking chamber
- Removable basket and lift handle
- Screen lid
- Removable drip tray
- Instruction manual with recipe book
What We Like
- Easier, safer and better results than an oil-based turkey fryer
- Extremely versatile and perfect for camping or parties
- Sturdy construction will last for years
What We Don’t Like
- Limited 90 day manufacturer’s warranty
- Has a learning curve, cooking times will vary
- Must be used outdoors
Accessories and Attachments
Additional accessories can be purchased separately:
Char-Broil The Big Easy Cover- Keep your fryer in perfect condition with this all-weather cover. Designed to fit perfectly over The Big Easy, this cover is heavy-duty and has a soft lining that will not scratch your unit. It also has upper vents to prevent condensation and is easily wiped clean.
Char-Broil The Big Easy 22 piece Accessory Kit- If you want to cook ribs, chicken legs and kabobs in your fryer, then this is the kit for you! It comes with 4 boneless rib hooks, 2 leg racks, 6 easy-out rib hooks, 8 skewers and a kabob holder, and a basket lifter. A great extra item for your Big Easy!
Meater Wireless Wi-Fi Thermometer- This smart meat thermometer is a must-have for your Big Easy, and it works in your smoker or oven as well! Completely wireless, it can monitor both internal and external temperatures with a single probe! Using the free app, you can monitor your meat and estimate the cooking time without having to go outside to check on it! Highly customizable and can be used via smartphone, tablet or Alexa using wi-fi, Bluetooth or the Meater Cloud! Check out the video and see why you need this thermometer!
What Customers Are Saying
Reviewers love this fryer! Many have used the oil-based turkey fryers and think this is a superior way to cook, with all the flavor of a deep-fat fried turkey but much less grease. Since you are not frying in a liquid, you can season your meat and use dry rubs for additional flavor. People rave about the versatility, and about how easy it is to use and clean. Several users bring it on camping trips, and many mention that they use it frequently at home.
A few users complained that the unit has a learning curve, and the final result is dependent on the temperature of your cooked meat and not the cooking time. The cooking guide is just that- you will have to monitor the temperature to know when your food is ready. Most users did not find this a problem.
Is Char-Broil The Big Easy Right For You?
The Big Easy lives up to its name! If you want to fry a whole turkey, or make a large roast or a lot of ribs for a party or holiday, you can’t go wrong with this fryer. It is sturdy, easy-to-use and clean up is a snap. No messy gallons of oil to filter and drain, no risk of spilling oil as you lower the item in, this fryer has all the benefits of a deep-fat turkey fryer with none of the hassle!