Bayou Classic 1118 Review

Designed specifically for outdoor cooking needs, the Bayou Classic 1118 turkey fryer is a premium range deep fryer. Made from high quality stainless steel, the 32 Quart stockpot can accommodate a large 12 pound turkey at once and fry it to a crisp in under 45 minutes. It comes with a skewer set for frying more than just turkeys. You can make shrimp, poultry and fish with this deep fryer. The stockpot’s unique design converts readily into a Chicken fryer that can take around 3 chickens at once to finish up frying in under 20 minutes. Because of indentation in the base of the stockpot, it stays raised above the ground by 1.75 inches making it perfect for boiling vegetables, crawfish, seafood and clams. The Bayou Classic 1118 features a vented lid and comes with heavy-duty handles.

Our Bayou Classic 1118 Review

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Something that had always felt wrong with the Bayou Classic range of outdoor turkey fryers was the overly high price tag. First of all, those who want an outdoor turkey fryer tend to already have a heavy gauge outdoor gas burner so purchasing one as a set does not make any sense. In this respect, the Bayou Classic 1118 is excellent as it retails without the gas burner and is compatible with just about any outdoor gas burner. Moreover, the construction is solid thanks to its stainless steel exterior. This is worth the investment as aluminium stockpots tend to leech aluminium into food, which is a health hazard. On the other hand, the Bayou Classic 1118 and its stainless steel design cooks food well and cleans up great afterwards.

We loved the skewer and vented lid design of the stockpot as it let us cook without having to constantly move the oil around. The impressive 32 quart capacity is actually sufficient to handle a large turkey at once. We also tried making a few whole chicken fries and were pleasantly surprised that it can take in 3 whole birds at once. What we were not that impressed with was its delayed heat up. You have to spend at least ¼th of your propane tank’s capacity to get the oil heated to around 300 degree Farenhite. Other than this minor complaint, we loved our Bayou Classic 1118. The ability to completely fry three whole birds in under 20 minutes is what caught our attention the most. We will probably continue to use the Bayou Classic 1118 as a chicken fryer rather than a turkey fryer simply because of the ease of doing so. We have not yet tried steaming vegetables, fish, crawfish and other such stuff but it should do quite well considering its impressive performance with turkey and chicken.

Bayou Classic 1118 Features & Parts

  • Total 32 Quart capacity of the deep frying stockpot.
  • Fries, boils, steams vegetables, tamales, poultry and seafood.
  • Durable stainless steel body for easy cleaning and maintainance.
  • Perforated basket for steaming and a skewer.
  • Strong gauge handles and vented lid.

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Bayou Classic 1118 Turkey Fryer Conclusion

Large outdoor fryers that run on a gas burner are usually no longer in demand thanks to compact electric deep fryers. However, when it comes to frying a large turkey, lots of chicken, fish or shrimp for gatherings deep fryers such as the Bayou Classic 1118 steal the show. If you want an outdoor fryer that can steam and also fry more than just turkey without costing too much, then try out the Bayou Classic 1118. Its made from stainless steel and with its oversized nature will prove to be a useful addition to your backyard barbecue stand. We love the traditional design and impressive performance of the Bayou Classic 1118 and give it a good 5/5 rating.