Testing The Char-Broil® Big Easy: Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Cranberry Stuffing

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A gorgeous Crown Pork Roast with Apple Cranberry Stuffing, moist and tender on the inside, with its gorgeous perfectly done crust, thanks to Char-Broil®.

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I have a treat for you today. It’s actually a triple treat.

First, I’m going to introduce you to my new favorite outdoor cooking item, the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a turkey fryer that doesn’t use oil. Feel free to swoon with the joy of it anytime.

The Big Easy, which heats with propane, uses Char-Broil® Tru-Infrared™ to cook whatever’s placed in the fryer.  Because there’s no oil, there’s no mess, splashes or spills, making the cooking much safer. The Tru-Infrared™ heats more evenly, more quickly and with less gas, locking in flavor which results in juicier, perfectly cooked food.

Can you tell I’m a fan?

The Process

Now that I’ve introduced you to the Big Easy, it’s time to share my second treat; what I made in mine. Yeah, I could have done a turkey, but you know me. I love marching to that off-beat and personally, I think Thanksgiving could use a little shaking up. After all, if a turkey fryer can do its job without oil, why can’t a Thanksgiving table have a centerpiece that’s not turkey?

So, I made a crown roast. You can see the full instructions in the recipe below, but when it came to putting it in the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, all I had to do was lay a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket so the stuffing wouldn’t fall through, nestle the roast in the basket on top of the foil, then spoon the filling in the center of the roast.

I lowered the basket into the fryer, added the lid and walked away for two hours.

That’s all I had to do.

The Verdict

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Oh my goodness. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the pork was. It was phenomenally juicy and tender on the inside with a perfect crust on the outside. We all inhaled our slices and went for more right away. It was perfect.

I have to admit, I’m enamored with my Big Easy. Unlike a standard turkey fryer, I was able to lower my roast in the cooker, walk away and let it cook … all by itself. That’s perfect for a big day like Thanksgiving (or Christmas) when I want all hands’ on deck as I prepare. Rather than someone pulling up a folding chair and ‘supervising’ the cooking, the table can be set, family room picked up and other help given as needed.

I was also thrilled that the drippings were caught in a pan under the fryer. Try making gravy with any other kind of turkey fryer! The Big Easy made it just that … easy.

The Recipe

Crown Pork Roast with Apple Cranberry Stuffing
 
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a Taking On Magazines original recipe
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-14 servings
Ingredients
For the stuffing:
  • 5 cups sturdy white bread, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion. finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon

For the roast:
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 10-pound pork rib roast (about 12 to 14 ribs), ends frenched, and roast tied (ask a butcher to do this)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spread the bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sautée until soft. Add the remaining stuffing ingredients and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the bread, stirring to coat.
  5. In a mini food processor or mill, combine the thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper and pulse until the garlic is finely ground. Add the oil and pulse to combine.
  6. Cover the crown roast with the rub.
  7. Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket of the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. Arrange the crown pork roast in the bottom of the basket over the foil.
  8. Spoon the stuffing into the center of the crown roast.
  9. Cover the stuffing with a piece of aluminum foil and the ends of the roast's bones with more foil so they don't char.
  10. Lower the basket into the preheated Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer and cook for approximately 2 hours, or until the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees F.
  11. After removing the cooking basket, allow the roast to rest for 10-15 minutes while the cooking basket cools. Carefully remove the crown roast to a platter to serve.

 

Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

Big Easy

You’re in love with that gorgeous thing, aren’t you? It took me about 15 minutes to put it together and worked like a charm. The only prep I had to do was to coat the inside with oil, seasoning it so food won’t stick (and it didn’t).

I’d love for you to learn more about it, which you can do by visiting Char-Broil’s site and checking out the Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. You can watch the nifty video below too.

 

The Giveaway

Yeah, there’s a giveaway. That’s the third treat.  If you’d like a chance to win a Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, just check out the Rafflecopter doo-dad below.

 The winners will be announced November 16, and their Big Easy Turkey Fryers will be shipped on November 18 (so, yes, they will arrive in time for Thanksgiving). Official rules.

(Note: This is a sponsored post. I received the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer and a stipend with which to buy ingredients for reviewing this product and using it. Everything I’ve written, however, are my on thoughts and opinions.)

 

101 thoughts on “Testing The Char-Broil® Big Easy: Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Cranberry Stuffing

  • November 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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    We would love to do our Turkey in it first. This recipe above looks amazing.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    I have never used one before but we would start with the turkey!

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  • November 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    I would try a turkey first.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm
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    I’ve never used one so I better start with a chicken and then try the turkey. It looks amazing!

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  • November 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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    I would make a turkey. Thanks.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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    My husband is in charge of the Turkey. It would be awesome to make it in this instead of in our oven for a change!

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  • November 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    If I could figure out how to do it, I’d make a ham.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 11:48 am
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    I would definitely try a turkey first!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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    Pork roast, turkey and probably some chickens…..good stuff

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  • November 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    The biggest Turkey i could find

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  • November 14, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    I’d cook a turkey; yummy!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    i would definitely fry a turkey! Fried turkey is so good and I have always wanted to have one.

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  • November 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    I’d definitely fry a turkey!!!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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    I’d make a turkey! Then maybe a ham!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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    THE TURKEY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    I would make the turkey first thing if I won this.

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  • November 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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    I know my hubby would go crazy for this and cook up a huge turkey,,

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  • November 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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    I would use it for my Lemon Turkey Breast so that they would cook more evenly. I am always looking for a more convenient and easier way to prepare my turkey.

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  • November 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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    I would definitely try the Crown Pork Roast.

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  • November 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    Turkey!!! My husband is dying for us to get a turkey fryer!! He says the turkey tastes so good in it

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  • November 13, 2015 at 10:26 am
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    First item would definitely be a batch of chickens to get a feel for it. Don’t want to risk the big meal on my own inexperience! :-)

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  • November 13, 2015 at 9:35 am
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    We would definitely cook our turkey in it for Thanksgiving. It sounds almost healthy.

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  • November 13, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    I would definitely try the Crown Pork Roast.

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  • November 13, 2015 at 5:58 am
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    I think I would actually try chicken first…although that pork roast you made looks really good right now…

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  • November 13, 2015 at 4:29 am
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    It would be the main course, turkey! My husband has always wanted to try frying a turkey and I have said no because of to many fires from the oil. This sounds much more safer and I would be up it.

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  • November 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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    I know it probably sounds a bit cliché, but I’d love to make a turkey in the turkey fryer! We’re having guests for Thanksgiving and it would be neat to serve it that way!

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  • November 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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    The first thing I would try would be a turkey. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • November 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    Wow! Your pork roast looks amazing!!!! I haven’t had fried turkey before and have heard awesome things about it so I would start with that. I always do Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house so that would be a treat for family and friends.

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  • November 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    Turkey would be the first thing I cook in it.

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  • November 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    I would make a turkey of course! Wow, they look delicious!

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  • November 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm
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    Oooh Id love to do the traditional turkey or try some pork!!! or even venison!

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  • November 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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    One blinking awesome Turkey for the family table!

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  • November 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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    I would cook a turkey in it if I had it before Thanksgiving.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to try a turkey this way.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 5:27 am
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    I would first make a chicken.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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    yum! chicken, my favorite!

    KC

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  • November 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    The first thing I would make is a turkey, of course!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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    I would cook a turkey breast.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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    I would do a turkey just for fun, and then your pork roast for the big family dinner. (better WOW factor!)

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  • November 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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    Turkey for Christmas!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm
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    Turkey for sure. Bet it would turn out amazing

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  • November 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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    I would probably start out with a chicken then do a turkey lol

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  • November 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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    I would love to make my turkey in this!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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    Definitely our Thanksgiving turkey! I am making a turkey for the first time this year! This would be so wonderful!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    Turkey. My son is making roast beef instead of turkey this year, so I could sneak in a turkey and make gravy!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    I would definitely make our Thanksgiving Day turkey! It is the centerpiece of our Holiday table and how it is cooked is a very big deal in our family, so I would love to cook it with this prize! I know it would go over great!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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    I would use it to cook a turkey first. It looks delicious in the post.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    Would definitely use it for the turkey.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    Turkey obv. This for outside right? Could you use it in a garage? Just wondering.

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    • November 9, 2015 at 8:24 am
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      It\’s for outside, yes. It uses propane so I wouldn\’t use it in any kind of indoors, even the garage with the door open. :)

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  • November 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    The beauty of one of these is that my husband would want to use it! So he could make the turkey this year!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm
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    Oh – I can’t wait to cook a big juicy turkey!!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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    i’d make chicken wings! thanks!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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    Oh I would try the Crown Pork Roast that you made above. Looks delicious!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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    I would make fried chicken

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  • November 8, 2015 at 12:03 am
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    I would try a whole chicken first to see how to work it :)

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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    The first thing I would make is a turkey because I have heard that they are delicious!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    A delicious turkey!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    My Thanksgiving turkey. I have always been afraid of fryers…this sounds so cool!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    I would definitely first use this to cook a turkey. It’s always been a challenge for me and I tend to either undercook or overcook the poor turkey.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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    The turkey of course!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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    I would make a turkey

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  • November 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    I would definitely start with a turkey for Thanksgiving!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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    My husband would make BBQ ribs.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:53 am
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    I would be doing turkey and next a crown pork roast. I have always wanted to do one.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:21 am
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    I would cook a turkey first, and then our prime rib for Christmas dinner!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:14 am
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    Your Amazing recipes inspire me.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 11:12 am
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    I would make the turkey in the fryer.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 10:26 am
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    Obviously, the first thing I’d make would be a turkey. What an awesome giveaway – thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    Your Crown Roast of Pork is stunning and I would love to re-create that if I won. Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 9:17 am
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    I want to try a turkey first. It looks wonderful, the way it turns out. I can’t stand to eat deep fried food anymore. I would love to try beef and pork roasts and whole chickens too.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:27 am
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    Your crown roast pork stopped me in my scrolling on FB… and it’s so cool to see you made it with the oil-less fryer. I would never deep fry a turkey with oil… too many horror stories out there. But I would totally try this. :)

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:24 am
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    I would make a big juicy turkey!! I love love turkey.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:22 am
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    Hi! Always wanted to try a crown roast. That would be the first thing I’d make. Thank you for hosting the raffle!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:19 am
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    I think I’d start with the turkey… wonder how it would work with a wild turkey…

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    • November 7, 2015 at 9:55 am
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      Hi Karen. The information says that the infrared cooking locks moisture in and makes the meat more tender. I don\’t know how gamy and tough wild turkey is (I\’ve never had it), but heck, it would be worth a try, no?

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  • November 7, 2015 at 7:45 am
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    I would make a turkey first but wouldn’t limit myself to just making a turkey.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 7:42 am
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    I would have to try a turkey first.. then the experimentation would begin after that!!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 12:31 am
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    I would definitely have to make a turkey in this amazing oil-less fryer if I won it! This roast looks delicious, it would be the next thing I would try.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 12:26 am
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    I’d fry the turkey first!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    I admit that I’m torn. Your roast looks spectacular, so I’d want to try that, but being a traditionalist, a turkey would also call my name.

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  • November 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    Holy smokes, great post! I wouldn’t have thought of doing a crown roast in the basket. Nicely done!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    What a wonderful appliance! If I had one by Thanksgiving, I would definitely try a turkey in it!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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    Oh what a great appliance. We had the oil kind, what a mess!

    I love the looks and sound of the pork you made. It looks yummy. So moist and perfectly cooked.

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  • November 6, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    I would make a turkey, of course!! I like the no-mess feature and no worry about what to do with all that leftover oil!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 11:25 am
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    Have never heard of this thing. Would try a chicken first…

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:19 am
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    I would love to try a turkey in this first.

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:18 am
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    I’ve never heard of this before. Intriguing!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 9:49 am
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    That is the coolest thing. No oil which is why I avoid fryers!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 9:27 am
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    This is the first that I have heard of the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer! I’d definitely like to try your Crown Roast of Pork. It’s gorgeous!

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