John McLemore

Buffalo Ranch Deep-Fried Turkey

Serves: 8 people"
Cook Time: 1 - 2 hours


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  1. 01

    Allow the turkey to rest and drain in the fryer basket for 10 minutes before removing for carving.

  2. 01

    Buffalo Ranch Dipping Sauce:
    Mix one part Ranch dressing with two parts buffalo sauce. Season with dry Cajun seasoning to taste. Makes a great dipping sauce!

  3. 01

    Fill deep fryer with 2 gallons of oil and heat to 375°F.

  4. 01

    For the buffalo sauce:
    Combine hot sauce, butter, garlic powder and lime juice in a medium saucepan. Heat over low heat.

  5. 01

    Fry turkey for 3-4 minutes per pound. Lift the basket from the hot oil slowly.

  6. 01

    If the turkey is not done, lower it carefully back into the oil for an additional 5 minutes.

  7. 01

    Inject ¼ cup (2 oz) marinade into each leg and thigh.

  8. 01

    Insert a meat thermometer in the meaty part of the breast; turkey is done when it reads 165°F.

  9. 01

    Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature (minimum 165°F), remove from oil.

  10. 01

    Optional: Sprinkle turkey generously with dry Ranch seasoning, completely coating the outside of the turkey and inside of the cavity.

  11. 01

    Pat turkey completely dry on outside and inside of cavity with paper towels.

  12. 01

    Place turkey, breast side up, in fryer basket. Slowly lower the basket into hot oil, being careful not to splatter hot oil.

  13. 01

    Remove giblets and neck from turkey. If present, remove and discard plastic leg holder and pop-up timer.

  14. 01

    Rinse turkey thoroughly with warm water or completely cover with warm water and soak for no more than 30 minutes to ensure cavity is free of ice.

  15. 01

    Serve turkey topped with buffalo sauce or with sauce alongside for dipping.

  16. 01

    Thaw turkey, if frozen. (To properly thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 lbs.)

  17. 01

    Using a marinade injection syringe, inject ½ cup (4 oz) marinade in each breast.

  18. 01

    Whisk together water and dry Ranch seasoning.

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