After smoked turkey legs, deep fried turkey is my favorite!
Two people and a broomstick or longer for a safe insertion is the reccomended way.
Before cooking put the bird in the pot and cover with water, then remove the bird and take note of the water level. This will be close to your oil requirement. (I add a touch more but I have a pretty good sized cooker)
Get a freind or two involved. The cost of the oil is so high that you really need to do about three birds to make it seem cost effective or if you can't find anyone that wants to fry one of their own, fry a couple more for the freezer or do a few more breast, legs or whatever.
Three to five birds is about all you can get out of the oil before it starts to go bad.
I like cajun style and all, but I don't go for all of that powder and injecting and I think that it spoils the oil that much faster. Just a plan brine and fried is pretty darn good.
I will stab or poke the bird with a long knife and then stuff peices of pepper, onion, garlic (Thinking maybe bacon next time) into the knife hole. I like it to come out almost like a turkey "Piemento loaf" when sliced
Personally, I am not a White meat fan. But fried and stuffed as described above makes it a whole different animal!
I have never had any accidents.......But......I hear that there are alot of injuries and house fires because of deep frying turkes. I don't have the "Official list" of safe things to do or watch out for, but I can think of a few that should be and are most likely on that list.
(In caveman speak)
Fire make oil HOT
Fire and hot oil burn you
Fire and hot oil make bigger fire
Fire burn house
Ok you get the idea,
Do it away from the house, garage, carport, leaf pile and so on
Wear protective clothing like long trousers and long sleeves, gloves or mits and no open toed shoes.
Use a pot sized to the bird
Keep cold water nearby to treat any burns to yourself
Be prepared to to extinguish grease fires by turning off the fire and smothering with a lid on the pot, a blanket on spills and even a fire extinguisher if things really get out of hand.
Keep kids, pets and drunks away
Make sure that the rig/set up is stable (I suggest as low as possible and not on a table to avoid tippage)
Protect any surface that you do not want grease stained (A sheet of plywood or sheetrock on the drive way can save you some pressure washing time)
And while you have the fryer full of hot oil and the bird is resting a bit, fry up a few pork ribs or boneless country style ribs or even a few hot dogs!