Thanksgiving isn't meant to be an extreme sport. It's supposed to be a calm, happy gathering, with delicious food and good conversation. For some families though the simple act of cooking their turkey turns out to be much more action packed than they hoped. Baking the bird may be the standard method, but for those who like it to be crunchy, crispy, flaky on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, deep frying it is the answer. However, deep frying a full turkey can be more dangerous than it may seem and these deep fried Thanksgiving turkey fails are proof that the method isn't for the faint of heart.
Before getting to the fun and fiery part, a few tips on how to successfully deep fry a turkey without any flames, explosions, or injuries may come in handy, so that you understand why these fails happened in the first place.
According to Butterball, arguably the leading expert in the "fried food" and turkey realm, whether you plan to deep fry indoors or outdoors with a propane fryer, starting with a fully thawed or fresh turkey is key.
Furthermore, oil, according to the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, has a much higher boiling point than water. This makes it great for cooking, but potentially dangerous if too much oil is used or it's heated to too high of a temperature.
Most of these "funny fails" could have escalated quickly with dangerous consequences, and they could have been easily prevented had the turkeys been fully unfrozen or had they used proper amounts of oil.
Whether you're here to learn about what you should not do with your turkey this year or are looking for a laugh, these hilarious and borderline dangerous deep fried turkey fails will make you think twice before frying your bird without doing your research. And everyone knows that a perfectly cooked (roasted or fried) turkey on Thanksgiving doesn't happen by accident. It takes a lot of work, definitely making it something to be thankful for.