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#6258947 - 04/13/16 07:02 PM Crawfish
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I haven't boiled mud bugs in almost 20 years. Giving it a try on Saturday. Any advice or secrets from the experts?

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#6258997 - 04/13/16 07:39 PM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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Pick out the floaters.
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#6259033 - 04/13/16 07:59 PM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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Yumm Mudbugs.... food


Edited by NMGW (04/13/16 07:59 PM)
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#6259222 - 04/13/16 09:51 PM Re: Crawfish [Re: NMGW]
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Bring seasoned water to boil..
Dump in crawfish
Bring back to boil for 3 minutes
cut off flame and let soak for 20 minutes w lid off
stir a couple times during the 20 minutes

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#6259591 - 04/14/16 08:53 AM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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Thanks for all the advice. Will my turkey fryer work or do I need a bigger pot? If I can use the turkey pot, how much water do I bring to a boil? What boil seasoning do y'all recommend?

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#6259928 - 04/14/16 11:53 AM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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MAAAANNNN Crawfish season is my favorite time of year! Did my boil back in mid March.

You'll probably need a bigger pot.. depending on how much you're making. got mine at academy for $40. I forget the qt size, but it's about 3ft in diameter and about 3ft tall. Also you'll want the torch-style burner, not the soft fryer type burner.

I like the Louisiana Crawfish Crab and Shrimp boil.

I boil about 15-20 lbs at a time (my boils are 100lbs+). Don't want to fill much more than about 1/2 with water. pour the whole big bag of seafood boil, 4-5 lemons in the cold water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, I bust up 3 bulbs of garlic and drop the cloves in with potatoes and sausage. DO NOT CUT POTATOES!!! Trust me, I learned this the hard way - cut up potatoes makes for a messy crawfish batch. Let boil for 10 minutes, then drop in corn, mushrooms and a stick of butter, while you're working on that, have someone load up the basket with about 10-15lbs of live crawfish and drop in the boiling water. once water gets back to a boil, let it go for 2 minutes TOPS, turn off the burner and let simmer for a few minutes. We will throw in some ice cubes to stop them from cooking (just want to soak up all the good stuff). pull the basket and dump in a cooler. Season with a little tony's if you're into that and give a good shake (not too hard). Let steam for another 5-10 minutes and ENJOY!! In about half an hr it's time for the next batch. I add a little more boil to each batch.. not much but you don't want the food to get bland.

another secret: we like to drop a dozen or so eggs when we drop the bugs. Sprinkle a little tony's around the table to dip your hard-boiled eggs!

Good luck and if you need help I'm only a couple hours away. Did I mention I LOVE crawfish?? up


Edited by DuckCoach1985 (04/14/16 11:54 AM)
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#6260621 - 04/14/16 07:26 PM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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Dump ice in there before u pull them out. Makes them contract and suck in the flavors more.
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#6260836 - 04/14/16 09:36 PM Re: Crawfish [Re: CenTex]
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Awesome advice. Thank you all! You are welcome to join us.

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