Sunday, December 16, 2012

If You Give a Turkey Fryer Some Shrimp

It's my pleasure to have a guest post from LtDan today ... 
he invested in a turkey fryer at Thanksgiving ...
an investment for which we are oh-so-very thankful :o)

This weekend, the turkey fryer showed off its versatility, 
and LtDan put together an awesome shrimp boil ... 
let him show you how it was done!


Shrimp Boil at the JustB Ranch Dec 15, 2012.
Credits go to multiple websites and recipes.  This one was my interpretation.

Tradition is to pour the shrimp out on a newspaper when it's done.
Practical after eating ... you wad the leavings all up together and throw it in the trash.

Propane Boiler / Fryer setup outside. 
Follow all safety instructions. 
Stay alert. 
Don't rush ANYTHING. 

Four regular (not-LITE) beers ...
and water to just over the 1/4 mark. 
Zatarain's Crab Boil and three lemons cut in half and squeezed. 
Juice, seeds and all in the pot.

Red potatoes (smallest I could find). Carrots. Into the boil basket. 

Four full beers (I should have used all 6).

Zatarain's Crab Boil .... 
Later I added a good three or four tablespoons of Tony Chachere's to the boil water, 
which brought it up to the to-taste salt level.  
I didn't end up using the Weber's Kick N Chicken, or the Cajun season, or the garlic. 
Things I'll do next time.

Pork summer sausage and Lil' Smokies. 
I should have slit the Smokies, so they'd have soaked up more of the boil flavor. 

And I should have doubled the Pork summer sausage due to its popularity!

What a fun experiment!

Better corn would have improved the boil, but these worked this time. 
Three large onions cut in wedges.

Phase 1: 20-minutes. Potatoes, Carrots, Sausage.

Phase 2: 10-minutes. Corn and Onions.

Keep it up! 
You're close ... 
and you need to get the pour out location ready with the newspaper and all. 

Four to Five pounds of shrimp.
 Half was peel and eat and half was Jumbo tail only. 
The peel and eat was best tasting (thanks Sam and Paula!).

Phase-3: 5-minutes. Shrimp.

Added water to cover.


 Then we had a bonfire in the tree-line. 
(this step is optional).
Thank you Lord for the rain that made it possible to burn. 
Ended at 2am. 


We also had gumbo, 
popcorn shrimp for the kiddos, 
beans and rice, 
and a million layer dip we affectionately call TheDip ... 
all that was plenty to feed 18 people.

Thank you, LtDan ... 
a good time was most definitely had by all, and that shrimp boil was fantastic!

Shared joy is doubled joy ... let's double the joy for both of us - what are you most grateful for today? Click below to leave your comment. I'll go first :

  1. amazing post! You probably are all excited about your new best oil less turkey fryer. You probably bought it online and you are looking at the amazing things that you can do with it.