The Brinkmann 815-4001-S is a moderate priced turkey fryer. The concept of frying turkey, along with other poultry, is a way to prepare to bird without having to use an oven. A turkey fryer is used outdoors only as the flames heating the oil can be dangerous when used inside. Because an outdoor area is needed, a turkey fryer is not the best bet for those in an apartment or lacking useable outdoor areas. The unit attaches to a traditional propane tank which is used to fuel and heat the oil inside of the fryer. A frying basket lifts in and out of the unit, in the same manner as an indoor deep fryer. Frying turkey crisps the skin on the outside and sears flavor and juices inside; resulting in a juicy and crispy turkey. You must let the turkey rest after removing from the fryer to help seal juices inside as if the bird is cut too soon, all of the juices will run out and leave you with slightly dried out meat.
To change up Sunday, Thanksgiving or even Christmas dinner frying a turkey is one way to impart a unique flavor and texture to the meat. In addition, you can inject flavoring in to the turkey prior to frying to give the entire bird a distinctly different taste compared to typical basted birds which emerge hours after roasting in an oven. Frying a turkey with the Brinkmann 815-4001-S is also a much faster process compared to cooking a hole bird in the oven. Typically, frying a turkey takes about 30 minutes for a 10-pound bird. The size of the frying basket inside of the unit is also useful for frying other types of poultry. Duck, chicken and even pheasant can be transformed in to a unique offering when fried in a turkey fryer.
The choice of oil used in a turkey fryer needs to be one which can heat to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Turkey fryers, such as the Brinkmann 815-4001-S, suggest using peanut oil for frying purposes as the flash point, maximum temperature and flavor imparted by the oil are all very well suited for frying a turkey. An internal temperature sensor inside of the Brinkmann 815-4001-S is also useful in helping to ensure oil is not heated past a safe point. One caveat is that the peanut oil will take at least one-half hour to heat to the proper temperature; thus you will need to take that time in to account when planning you meal. The Brinkmann 815-4001-S has a 30-quart pot inside to house a turkey large enough to feed a crowd. The exterior of the fryer is stainless steel and black, though the paint could pose a problem over time after being exposed to outdoor elements and repeated heating and cooling down of the unit. However, any cosmetic changes to the paint will not effect the performance of the unit.
Brinkmann 815-4001-S Customer Reviews
Though positive experiences have been had by customer, one customer reviewed the item with lackluster enthusiasm and said,
“The Brinkmann 815-4001-S is relatively easy to assemble. But you end up with a healthy sized spring in the parts bag with no explanation of what to do with it. It’s not even on the parts list in the manual. The gas valve is reversed (i.e. you turn it clockwise to open up the flow of gas). It took me 10 minutes to figure out why the gas wasn’t flowing. The overheat shutoff switch was either shutting off too early (350 degrees) and I had to rig a block underneath it, or the oil thermometer in the kit didn’t work, and the oil was actually much hotter than indicated. Finally, most or all of the paint chipped off during the first use. Going to try to return it and get something well made.”
Overall, the unit is suited well for those looking for a turkey fryer for occasional use. This model and style is best suited for using from time to time, and is a low cost option for those just dabbling in or learning to fry turkeys, ducks and chicken as a varied means of cooking. The Brinkmann 815-4001-S is one option which gets you frying birds quickly and conveniently.