I was introduced to the joys of a Louisiana crawfish boil not far from where it all began. The group I was with would boil anything: shrimp, corn, hot dogs, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, garlic, green beans, and of course the little mud bugs themselves. It's more like a party where some cooking and eating breaks out.
It ends up going something like this - Clean, cook, drink beer, peel, eat, drink beer, play washers, drink beer, chit chat, peel, eat, drink beer, drink beer, peel, eat, and swap some lies.
This video tells it like it is. Our buddy John Sherman invited us over to his annual block party crawfish boil. He gets the whole street involved for this party. Just a perfect day to kick off your shoes and relax for a spell.
A crawfish boil is just something to do while you catch up with friends and family. It's an awesome social event.
As far as cooking them, well that is almost like arguing about politics. I've been to hundreds of boils and done a few myself. It all boils down to the artful application of red pepper, salt, crab boil, and a plethora of other spices. Some like it this way and some like it that way. Some like to let them soak a bit longer, some like to sprinkle on some extra spice at the end, and some like to toss them in butter and spice. It's a dish with a wide variety of technique and ingredients.
While a liberal and a conservative can argue about policy and proper mud bug preparation, we all have to agree that it doesn't get any better than nibbling on some crawfish, sharing a beer, and spending time with some good folks.
You can make your own, or be like me and show up at the party. Either way its a good day.