One 12- to 14-pound turkey, neck, giblets and tail removed
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
1 1/2 cups maple syrup, plus more warmed for serving
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature, plus more for serving
Waffles, for serving
If you are using an outdoor (not countertop) fryer, follow the manufacturer's directions to determine the amount of oil required for your turkey. Most suggest putting the turkey in the fry pot and filling it to cover by about a half inch. Make sure the pot is still at least 4 inches higher than the water line; having too much oil in the pot can cause it to overflow and cause a fire.