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In celebration of my wifes birthday, we decided to have a crawfish boil and invite a bunch of our friends over.

The plans started Tuesday of last week when my wife and I reserved 70 pounds of crawfish at the local meat market.

Thursday my wife and I went to the local grocery store to pick up some supplies for the weekend, and for a mylar bag project I am working on. We bought of crawfish boil spice, AAA energizer lithium batteries, powered pancake mix, sausage links, potato salad (red skin), boudain,,,, and a few other supplies

Friday night we had a friend of the family and her 2 kids spend the night with us. Her husband is serving in Afghanistan. It was nice to visit with her and just talk about life, kids, and just life in general. Our friend was passing through, and does not get to eat crawfish very often. So my wife and I invited her to spend the night and to join the celebrations Saturday.

Bright and early saturday morning my wife and I went to meat market, got the crawfish, got some ice, another propane cylinder, went back home and started setting everything up.

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At 11:00 I fired up the crawfish burner, put the water on, and 1.5 bags of crawfish boil spice in the pot. About 20 minutes later the water was boiling, and the first batch of crawfish was put in.

For the second and third batches of crawfish the remaining 1/2 a bag of spice was added.

For the fourth and fifth batches, a whole bag of spice was added. After eating some mudbugs later, I think the fourth and fifth batches turned out the best. They were not hot enough to leave a burning sensation on your lips, but hot enough so you could deferential taste it.

I usually let the water get back to a rolling boil and leave the crawfish in the water for another 10 minutes. Crawfish, like a lot of shell fish call all kinds of bacteria and parasites. I figure 10 minutes in a rolling boil should be good to kill anything the crawfish are carrying.



At around 12 our guest started showing up. The first batch of crawfish had been pulled out and the second batch was in the pot by noon.

My wife wanted some boiled shrimp. After the first batch of crawfish, I dumped a couple of pound of pre-cooked shrimp into the pot and boiled them for 10 minutes.

By the time all of the crawfish had been boiled, 2 hours had passed, and I had cooked 5 basket loads. Now it was time to eat.

While everyone else had been eating, I had been cooking. So it my time to chow down. Instead of paper plates, we had plastic platters that are about 18 inches across and 1 /2 inches deep. Eating crawfish off paper plates is a futile effort. With crawfish you need a real plate so those mudbugs can be stacked deep.



Besides the crawfish, we also cooked sausage links, hot dogs (for the kids), and boudain on the grill. For side dishes, we had chip, dip, pickles,,,, just all kinds of good stuff.

For her birthday, I got my wife a new lens for her canon camera - a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III to be exact.

Somewhere around 1:30 or so my dad, mom, nephew, uncle, and my uncles soon to be wife showed up. My daughter was with my nephew - they had gone 4-wheeler riding Friday night and had spent the night at the camp with my mom and dad.

My dad had gone Turkey hunting Saturday morning and did not get back to the camp until about noon, so they were running a little late getting to the party. After the rest of my family arrived, my dad must have finished off 2 platters of crawfish, my nephew got a yard hammock out of truck, set it up and took a nap.

Somewhere around 6pm or 6:30pm we decided to shut everything down. The plates were rounded up, the last of the food was put up, ice chest was brought inside and the chairs were put up. Everyone seemed to have a good time. One thing is for sure, nobody left hungry.
 

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That looks delicious Kevin!

And, now the wifey can see just what yur up to with her 300mm lens :D
The food was great, and the company was just as good. I only get to see my uncle a few times a year, so its always good to see him.

That last batch of crawfish was the best. It was spicy, but not so hot it burned your mouth for hours later.

My wife has been asking about a good telephoto lens for her camera. But now that she has the lens, she might start asking for something else. :)
 

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Great post. I need more info on that smoker- that is a nice rig.

Any word on setting up a BBQ/cooking forum here? Or did that get axed?
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Nicely done, Kevin! ;)

Nice set-up you've got there.

While we don't have many crawfish boils up in Northern Illinois, we definitely have a nice supply of bratwurst and burgers. And, I've been known to make a pretty mean venison chili too.

I host about about 2-3 cookout/campouts each year on our property. We generally start the day with some trap shooting. The food and drinks come next. And, then it's time to start the bonfire.

Anyway, it's nice to see how you spent your weekend. Unfortunately, this weekend, I was nursing the first head cold I've gotten in over 6 months. :(

Cheers! :beer:
 

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Great post. I need more info on that smoker- that is a nice rig.

Any word on setting up a BBQ/cooking forum here? Or did that get axed?
Ben
+1!

Roger that! More info on that smoker from the fire pits of Hades.

Did you build it? Or, purchase it?

Also, I think a BBQ forum here would be cool! :cool:

For me, there's just nothing better than a sippin' a cold one, with the smell on gunpowder on your hands, eating a plump and juicy bratwurst, sitting next a good 'ol campfire with friends.

Now, that's living the good life! :lol:
 

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You eat those?? There was an outbreak of that at my highschool when i was younger... sh¡t itched like a b¡tch!! Had to shave my junk to get rid of em. To each their own I guess...

This isnt gunnna help in my campain to become a mod huh?
 

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+1!

Roger that! More info on that smoker from the fire pits of Hades.

Did you build it? Or, purchase it?

Also, I think a BBQ forum here would be cool! :cool:

For me, there's just nothing better than a sippin' a cold one, with the smell on gunpowder on your hands, eating a plump and juicy bratwurst, sitting next a good 'ol campfire with friends.

Now, that's living the good life! :lol:
Bratwurst......nom nom nom nom.

I like the way you think.
 

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+1!

Roger that! More info on that smoker from the fire pits of Hades.

Did you build it? Or, purchase it?

Also, I think a BBQ forum here would be cool! :cool:

For me, there's just nothing better than a sippin' a cold one, with the smell on gunpowder on your hands, eating a plump and juicy bratwurst, sitting next a good 'ol campfire with friends.

Now, that's living the good life! :lol:
I think BQ had a better idea of widening it to a cooking forum.. ive already shown my wife his chicken dish and asked her...ya think u could pull that off hun?;)
 

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Great post. I need more info on that smoker- that is a nice rig.

Any word on setting up a BBQ/cooking forum here? Or did that get axed?
Ben
The big pit is an old 250 gallon propane tank, the fire box and the smoker are out of a 150 gallon air tank.

I am open to a cooking / bar-b-q'ing / recipe section.

But where would such a section go? Right under the general discussion section?
 

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The big pit is an old 250 gallon propane tank, the fire box and the smoker are out of a 150 gallon air tank.

I am open to a cooking / bar-b-q'ing / recipe section.

But where would such a section go? Right under the general discussion section?
somewhere around the GenBB.. if not its own forum make it a subforum like the mini14 gallery
 
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