Dadgum Good Food Cookbook

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I recently had the chance to review the new cookbook from John McLemore “Dadgum Good Food, Too!” (there is a “too”, because it is a sequel, witty, huh?!). A book full of southern cooking recipes with three sections: smoked, grilled, fried.

My hubby and I have tried our hand at a few, a BBQ chicken recipe and soon we will be trying some crazy looking Bacon Burger Dogs (yes, three meats on a hot dog bun). There are even some desserts like grilled cobblers and grilled apples.

For dinner tonight we made the Classic BBQ Chicken and Grilled Apples with ice cream for dessert.

Dadgum Good Food Cookbook

Dadgum Good Food Cookbook

Dadgum Good Food Cookbook Recipe

The cookbook is fun because it introduces you to John’s family and their traditions and stories – it is not just cookbook recipes, it makes it feel more like family recipes.

I am so excited to share one with you!

Garlic and Herb Deep Fried Turkey

Frying a turkey in hot oil calls for a cool head and a fair measure of caution. You want to start with a turkey that’s fully thawed and dry; oil and water do not mix! Without doubt, the best and safest way to fry a turkey is with Masterbuilt’s Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer. With no propane and no flame, you can have peace of mind and a dadgum good fried turkey! In fact, our deep-fried turkeys are so dadgum good, the McLemores serve up at least two of them every holiday.

You’ll need

  • 1 fresh or frozen whole turkey (10 to 14 lbs)
  • 2 gallons cooking oil, preferably peanut oil
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle Butterball Garlic and Herb Turkey Marinade (or your favorite brand)
  • Butterball Garlic and Herb Turkey Seasoning (or your favorite brand)


1. Thaw turkey, if frozen. To properly thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator all approximately 24 hours for every 4 pounds. Fill deep fryer halfway with oil and heat to 375°F. Remove giblets and neck. If present, remove and discard plastic leg holder and pop-up timer. Rinse turkey thoroughly with warm water or completely cover with warm water and soak for no more than 30 minutes to ensure cavity is free of ice.

2. Pat turkey completely dry on outside and inside of cavity with paper towels. Using a marinade injection syringe. Inject 1/2 cup  (4 ounces) marinade in each breast. Inject 1/4 cup (2 ounces) marinade into each leg and thigh. Sprinkle turkey generously with turkey seasoning, completely coating the outside of the turkey and inside of the cavity.

3. Place turkey, breast side up, in a fryer basket. Slowly lower the basket into hot oil, being careful not to splatter hot oil. Fry turkey for 3 to 4 minutes per pound. Lift basket from the hot oil slowly. Insert a meat thermometer into the meaty part of the breast; turkey is done when it reads 165°F. If the turkey is not done, lower it carefully back into the oil for an additional 5 minutes. Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature (minimum 165°F), remove from oil.

4. Allow the turkey to rest and drain in the fryer basket for 10 minutes before removing for carving. The turkey can remain in the basket to cool until ready to serve.

If you want more recipes or to find out more about the book, check out the website for Dadgum Good Food. One lucky reader can win a copy of the book by entering with the widget below.

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About Naomi

Naomi is new(er) to being a "grown-up." Married to her best friend, and learning what it means to be in the career world, she loves DIY projects, reading, interior design, and finding new ways to save, trade and barter.


  1. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would love to win because I would love to have some good delicious recipes.

  2. Sarah Yurga says:

    The first recipe I saw was for fried ice cream – my favorite!!


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