Calhoun County deputies fry more than 200 turkeys for the community

The Calhoun County Sheriff encourages deep-fried turkeys for Thanksgiving.{} Just let the deputies do the frying.

The sheriff's deputy association prepared several hundred for the community--for free--in their ninth annual turkey fry.{} Many of the turkeys will be donated to charity.{}"We wanted to do something to give back, and I can't thank our reserve deputy association and our employees enough for this," Sheriff Larry Amerson said.

They planned on frying about 200 turkeys Wednesday morning.{} People started dropping off turkeys at 8 a.m., and in just over two hours, there were more than 150 birds making their way through the outdoor kitchen.

"This is a pretty miserable day to be out but these folks are working hard and wanting to do something good for the community," Amerson said.

"The average person here wants a bird that's cooked in a different way or they don't want to go through the hassle of the preparation.{} We can fix them up."

In years past, the volunteers cooked until late into the evening, but this year the sheriff's office only accepted drop-offs until noon.{}That was to make sure they had time to cook the turkeys purchased by deputies to give to others.{} The sheriff's deputy association contributed more than $2,000 to buy dozens of birds, which members will deliver to Alabama Baptist Children's Home foster families, area women's shelters, and some of the other local charitable organizations.

There is a secret recipe which the sheriff isn't spoiling, but confirmed the signature sauce includes Cajun injected Creole butter.{}Amerson said there is just something special about the taste of a fried turkey, but warned about the risk of starting a fire.

"We strongly recommend you don't [deep fry] your turkey at home inside, or in the garage. {}You can go to YouTube and see all kinds of horrible examples about how that can turn out bad," he said.

"We've got a lot of experience, we're set up and we can take care of it."

If you missed out on having the Calhoun County Sheriff's office deep fry for you this year, plan on taking them a turkey the day before Thanksgiving next year.