Editor's note: This is a reprint of a post written by Robb back in the blog's salad days.
Injecting a turkey with a great big hypodermic needle full of pepper sauce and spices had to be the weirdest Thanksgiving activity at my house this year. "Gather round children, we're going to shoot up the turkey now!" Only the Cajuns could come up with something this deliciously perverse. I made up my own injector sauce on the fly, but there are zillions of recipes out there.
Our Cajun fried turkey came out great. Shot up with spices and sprinkled liberally inside and out with Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning, it tasted like a 12-pound chunk of Frenchy's fried chicken.
Apparently the fire stations in southeast Texas and western Louisiana are especially busy on Thanksgiving Day because of turkey frying accidents. When you put a cold and slightly wet turkey into boiling oil, it bubbles up violently. If you have too much oil, it runs down the sides of the pot into the propane burner. Then everything bursts into flames. This is a great way to burn down the garage.
The best safety tip I have heard is to shut off the burner when you put the turkey in and again when you take it out.
-- Robb Walsh
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.