Oh how I do love cooking Twinkies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. They’re the world’s easiest dessert. And they can be topped with darn near anything you have in the pantry, fridge or freezer. The Twinkies only take a few minutes to get a nice little crunch on the outside, while the insides get all oooey gooey. I topped my loaded roasted Twinkies with Nutella, marshmallows, whipped cream, toffee and for a hint of healthy, some fresh strawberries. Spreading a bit of Nutella on the Twinkies first gives the remaining ingredients something to hold onto. They don’t slide off and into the pan. Now, I’m not saying that if they did slide off that it’d be the end of world, no, but loaded roasted Twinkies need to be mounded with toppings. The more, the better.
I could’ve fired up my gas grill to cook a batch of hot dogs. Or lit some charcoal. That’s when I had a ‘duh’ moment. The Big Easy! It cooks everything great, so why not use it! So that’s what I did and wow, I have to say it cooks up hot dogs about as quick and as easy as you could possibly get. Just fire it up, load it up and wait. Read a book, watch some TV, play a game, because there’s no turning, no worrying, no burning. Done in no time and roasted perfectly! Say hello to the new way to cook up hot dogs! For something totally different, try marinating your hot dogs first.
Spam on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Yep, I did it. I was expecting not-so-spectacular results. What I got was deliciousness. Just slice, season and place into the cooker. Twenty minutes later, hot tasty Spam, ready for a sandwich (or chop into scrambled eggs!)! I used ‘regular’ old classic Spam, but any flavor will do. I used my new all-purpose favorite rub, Albukirky Seasoning’s Red Chile Rub. The great southwestern flavors really worked well with the Spam. Not being one that grew up on Spam, or even had it until I was much older, I was surprised about how much I really liked Spam on the Char-Broil Big Easy.
Wow, such great flavor in every bite! The seasoning on the chicken I roasted in the Big Easy was fantastic, nicely herby. It’s a copycat of the roasted chicken Kentucky Fried Chicken used to have on the menu years ago. KFC dropped the idea, but now you can have that great taste at home. I believe KFC removed the skin from the chicken. I’ll leave the decision to do that or not to you. I admit, I’m often pretty heavy-handed with seasonings, especially when it comes to chicken. I find that chicken needs all the flavor help it can get. This KFC roasted chicken seasoning clone is so good I put on a little extra. It would also be fantastic on a turkey cooked in the Char-Broil Big Easy.
I’ve roasted a ton of turkeys in my Char-Broil Big Easy. It’s why I originally bought the oil-less fryer. I loved it so much the first time that I bought two more, keeping one at my parent’s for a fantastic holiday turkey. This time I set out to keep the process as absolutely simple as possible. No brines. No fancy rubs. Just a 16 pound turkey, a little oil, and some seasoning and 10 minutes per pound. There’s really nothing easier than cooking poultry on the Big Easy. It really is as easy as fire it up, put it in, walk away and come back later. Unless the weather conditions are really adverse, you can count on 10 minutes per pound for a turkey. I cooked a nice big 16 pound turkey in exactly 160 minutes in 30 degree weather with a very light breeze. I kept the lid off the Big Easy until the last 30 minutes to then add a little color.
I started with a pre-brined turkey. You can certainly get a natural, un-brined turkey and go thru that process, and I have. But for this cook it was about easy, and easy means getting a turkey that’s already in a solution that brined the bird for me.
You can use the basket that comes with your Big Easy, but I admit it’s a bit challenging getting a big bird in/out of it. If you’re going to do any amount of cooking on the Big Easy (and you should) I recommend that you at least get the hinged basket like you see in the picture above. It really makes getting the turkey in or out very simple indeed. See my thoughts on the accessories for the Big Easy here.
I used a pre-brined turkey. You can easily identify a bird that is already in a brine solution by looking for the words 'Contains up to 8% of a solution of water, salt, spices, and natural flavor' or something similar on the packaging.
1 large turkey, up to 16 pounds (completely thawed if frozen)
Vegetable or conola oil
Your favorite seasoning (salt and pepper are just fine too!) DO NOT use a seasoning mix that contains sugar as it might burn under high temperatures.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Remove the turkey from the packaging along with any turkey neck and and giblets that might be there.
Rinse the turkey in cold water and dab dry with paper towels.
Very lightly coat the turkey (inside and out) with the oil. You only want enough to help the seasoning adhere and to help crisp the skin.
Season the turkey liberally inside and out.
Place the turkey into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
Cook for 10 minutes per pound. Check for doneness, 180°F in the thighs and legs, and 170°F in the breast. Always check in multiple locations.
Remove the basket from the Big Easy and let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.
It just occurred to me the other day. I have never cooked chicken legs by themselves on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I’ve done plenty of whole chickens, and tons of wings and breasts, but never legs. What the heck was I thinking? I immediately set out to remedy that situation. These Kick’N chicken legs came out fantastic, just like all the other poultry I’ve ever cooked on the Big Easy. Super moist and tender, and thanks to Weber’s Kick’N seasoning, nice and spicy! You won’t end up with crispy skin when you make these Kick’N chicken legs, but you will end up with delicious meat bite after bite. I’d say I used the right amount of the seasoning because I do prefer a little kick to my chicken, but not so much that I’m balled up on the floor crying. These legs were fantastic and spiced perfectly.
I’ve been using seasonings from Dizzy Pig for years. Everything they make is packed with flavor and is of the highest quality. Dizzy Pig has a wide variety of spice mixes available, like this Raging River seasoning that is absolutely perfect on a chicken roasted in the Char-Broil Big Easy. I made a beer-can version, but you can skip that step and just season the chicken and cook it as-is in the Big Easy. Either way, you get a great maple-infused herby flavor with just a slight spicy kick that is out-of-this-world great.
Raging River chicken tastes (and looks!) fantastic! The skin is crispy and, well, addicting. Very addicting. Dangerously addicting.
I can eat a scary amount of crab legs. Fortunately, I don’t have to tell you just how much a ‘scary amount’ is, but when the crab legs are as great as these Old Bay crab legs cooked on my Char-Broil Big Easy, I cannot control myself. From the moment they go into cooker the aroma hits you and your stomach will start growling. In just minutes you too can be enjoying nice big ole meaty crab legs covered in Old Bay seasoning. For dipping, I made a bit of clarified butter, which is also something I cannot control myself around. This was a bonus meal for sure! You can make Old Bay snow crab legs too, if you wish, but you’ll probably want to cut back on the heating time. It doesn’t take long to re-heat the already-steamed thawed crab legs.