We have an old Muppet Christmas show we watch every year (watch out for the icy patch) in which the turkey persuades the Swedish Chef that Big Bird is a turkey. The show is old enough that Jim Henson is in it, and my bride tears up each year when we watch it. She has never gotten over his tragic death.
Anyway, more often than not we host Thanksgiving, and I have always found it easier to make two modest sized turkeys than one huge one. But for years was dissatisfied with the method of cooking the second turkey. We only had one oven, so one when there, but whither the second? Cooking on the grill here on the North Coast can be chancy in November. I used an electric roaster, which cooked the turkey but retained so much moisture that it was more steamed than roasted.
When we redid our kitchen 2 years ago we considered a second oven, but decided that was a pretty steep price for something we would only use one day a year, and we had other places that money could be better spent.
Many people deep fry their turkeys, but some also burn down their houses doing it.
Then I heard about an oil-less turkey fryer. That sounded safer, so I ordered one. I got the Big Easy Oil-less Infared Turkey Fryer.
Now I have not had a real deep-fried turkey, and I do not claim that this is really the same, but it cooked my second turkey, 14 pounds, in just about 2 hours, and gave it crispy skin and moist meat. The only trick is that you really need to watch it. It can cook faster than you expect.
I would like to be able to show you a photo of my turkey, but with 2 turkeys to carve, and the other stuff to orchestrate, photography just was not in the picture, but this should give you the idea
And the Big Easy is not just for turkeys. It does a great job on chickens (I usually cook 2 since I am cranking it up) and I have also cooked pork loin and beef in it. For further inspiration there are online forums where people cook almost anything in their Big Easys.
So, for you Thanksgiving turkey next year, or maybe for your Solstice turkey this year, the Big Easy might be something you want to consider.