I love me a good crawfish boil. And when Andrea told me they were moving their annual one to when I was going to be visiting, I was sooooo happy. Crawfish are delicious, but not something I will ever make at home. I just don't have to proper supplies.
First you need a giant pot. And I mean GIANT:
They actually used 2 that night because there were going to be so many people.
Then you need a big long table covered in trash bags set up in the dirtiest place you can find:
Here they opted for the horse barn. Though I must say, normally it would have been outside, but it had been raining all day and the barn was the only dry place large enough.
And of course you can't forget the most essential element of a crawfish boil:
The crawfish. One of the boil attendees happens to be a crawfish farmer (is that what they're called?) and they brought them freshly caught. Yum. Now you better believe I don't have access to freshly caught crawfish back home.
Here's one who got away. He made a valiant effort, but in the end it was to no avail. No crawfish is left unboiled.
Mmmm. Into the pot they go. And the second most important ingredient:
Crawfish just wouldn't be crawfish without this.
Then, after they boil for a bit, you need a large, dirty cooler in which to dump the finished crawfish:
I must say. There is nothing sanitary about a crawfish boil.
Finally, everyone needs a big plastic tray (which are merely hosed off after the last boil and stored until next year) to pile high with crawfish:
This is the master chef, Uncle Stacy. He makes a mean crawfish.
You better believe I got in on that action.
Ella and Alex didn't care much for the spicy crawfish, so they indulged in hotdogs instead.
Oh yes. and you always have boiled potatoes and corn with all crawfish boils.
And when all is said and done, you must have an enormous barrel on hand to deposit all the empty crawfish carcasses.
Good times. Now do you see why there is no way I could ever do this at home? But we sure do love taking advantage of our visits to Aunt Andrea to indulge in this fantastic Louisiana tradition. Thanks Andrea!