Never talk politics or religion at a dinner party. Never engage in office gossip. Peer only at eye level in the locker room. Navigating social politics can be a challenge. The unwritten laws of Barbecue are nearly as confusing, but here’s a rule quickly understood and easily observed: Never touch another man’s egg. At least not before you’re invited. One needs to be very careful about how one treats the egg. No petroleum accelerants, no charcoal other than natural lump… I get the rule. Happy to comply.
This weekend there was an annual family gathering/pool party at my brother-in-law Kevin’s house. Great time to share news and reminisce about the past. Years past, egg-envy burning, I itched to handle the hardware. It was just this year that an egg showed up at my house, so now we can swap stories and recipes. Kevin egged gorgeous T-bone steak and chicken wings earlier this weekend.
So – playing an away game, cooking-wise? No egg fondling allowed? Has to be outdoor, low hassle and delicious? Low Country Boil! This is a coastal South Carolina tradition that is a cousin to the Crawfish boils found in the bayous of Louisiana. You can find variations of this recipe under a few different names like Frogmore Stew or Beaufort Boil.
4 lbs. Red-skinned New potatoes (If bigger than a lemon, cut in half)
15 ears of corn (each ear shucked and broken into 3 pieces)
3 lbs Smoked Sausage (Either Beef or Pork – used a mix of both this time)
4 lbs Shrimp (best you can find)
More Lemon Wedges
Sausage and Potatoes swam for 20 minutes, then corn dove in for another 10. Shrimp, shells on, had a quick dip just until done. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes. Drained it then dumped the food onto a paper-covered picnic table. Served with melted butter and additional lemon wedges. Cleanup was easy; rinse with a hose and a quick wash. Fold up the table paper and trash it.
This served 14 hungry folks with a little corn and potatoes left over. Guaranteed to get your in-laws to lean back in their chairs, rub their bellies and talk about the good ol’ days.