In an off-limits thermal area of Yellowstone National Park, a man was caught trying to fry up a couple chickens in a hot spring. The incident took place at Shoshone Geyser Basin, where rangers caught wind of what was going on and found a dude with pots and chickens in a burlap sack.
According to the NY Post, “the unnamed Idaho Falls native has been ordered to pay a $1,200 fine for violating closures and use limits and to serve two years of unsupervised probation. During that time, the outdoor cooking enthusiast will be forbidden from entering Yellowstone National Park.”
The average hot spring at Yellowstone reaches 143 degrees Fahrenheit, but is it hot enough to fry a bird?
Well, if you fall in it will kill you, but if he was making fried chicken, that’s not hot enough. You’re wanting something closer to 330-350 F (for oil temp) to fry a bird just right. But the temp is definitely hot enough to cook, so maybe he was making a pot of chicken gumbo. I’m not sure, they didn’t release his name and I can’t ask him what was on the menu.
Moral of the story: don’t cook your meat at Yellowstone. Also, chicken thighs > chicken breasts.