Deep Fried Turkey

I cannot believe it’s already December. This happens to be my favorite month of the year. However, this year is a bit of a downer. I do not want to get into any details, because I know you all have your own problems to deal with, but each day I continue to wish I had made different decisions on my past journey.

To say my life sucks would be a slap in the face to Nick; he tries so hard to make sure I am smiling, secure and less stressed. He encourages me, he supports me and he comforts me. I know it hurts when I say something about how horrible life is right now, so I have tried my best to bite my tongue in moments of pure distress.

It is incredibly difficult to bite my tongue.

I know somebody powerful is on my side though because in some of my deepest, darkest internal struggles Nick usually saves me. I was experiencing one of those moments as I started writing this post, but then the phone rang. It was my super hero. He saved me again.

God blessed me with Nick when I needed him most. I like to think he is a permanent solution, sent by God, to save me from myself. He makes me whole. He challenges me. He supports me. He encourages and believes in me. He has taught me that love is a daily struggle, but well worth it. He has taught me to fight harder, to love deeper and laugh with my whole body. He has taught me that our love and brains will help get us through most of our struggles. He has taught me never to give up {it's not worth it!}

So when I wish things were different or I had made different decisions in my life, I remember Nick and Pippy. I remember my friend Scott, who is my best friend & introduced Nick and I. I remember the good people that I met along the way that would not be part of my life had things unfolded differently. I would not have Nick. I would not have found my soldier, my best friend, my soul mate. Nick is my kind of perfect so the idea of wishing that away not only hurts me, but it hurts him.

He’s the perfect man for me.

He also prepares a mean turkey. This weekend he deep fried the perfect turkey. It’s super easy, super tasty and makes awesome leftover lunches, dinners and snacks! Some people keep the turkey dream alive through Christmas. Last year Nick and I made a Prime Rib & Turkey last year for Christmas. So if you’re like us and keep gobbling the turkey through the Christmas season you HAVE to give this baby a try.

Nick adapts a rub recipe from the Neely’s.

Here is what you will need to deep fry our turkey!

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons paprika, divided
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper, divided
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • 1 (13 to 14 pound) turkey, giblets removed, washed and dried
  • Peanut oil, for frying


  • In a small bowl mix 1tablespoon paprika, ¼ tablespoon salt, 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, pepper, onion and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Set aside
  • Preheat your turkey fryer to 375 degrees F and allow plenty of time to preheat
  • While the fryer is preheating, prepare the turkey with seasoning. Rub the seasoning all over, in every crevice of the turkey. You want to make sure that every part of the turkey is thoroughly seasoned so no turkey part goes untreated.

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the remaining spices
  • Using a syringe, inject the buttery seasoned mixture into the turkey breasts and in several other places so the seasoning makes its way through the entire turkey

  • Calculate the cooking time. The rule of thumb is to fry the turkey for 3.5 to 4 minutes for every pound of turkey. We tend to air on the side of caution and go with 4 minutes per pound
  • After the allotted time passes, carefully remove the turkey from the fryer and let rest on a platter for 20 to 30 minutes and cover with foil


  • ENJOY with all of your side dishes


I love deep fried turkey. It has got to be one of my favorite ways to prepare a turkey in the entire world. It is super easy to make, it is super moist and juicy and is totally high - maintenance free. Nick loves helping to prepare meals, especially holiday meals. I let him take the reins with the turkey. I hate dealing with raw meat. It’s like a toxin to me.

I hope you give it a try this holiday season {or any time during the year!}

Go get a bird and enjoy this for Christmas!

Until Next Time,

Happy Turkey Fryin’

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