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EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish

It seems more often these days I get called upon to cook for parties and get togethers. Sometimes, I like to do a theme. Last Sunday, the birthday boy requested the meal I made him last year---crawfish. Living in the South (well, SOUTHERN California), there are several Vietnamese markets in the area that carry live crawfish. We got 20 pounds, live and extremely feisty. 

 
To keep the theme, I bought an eight pound pork butt. Saturday night, I put my homemade rub on it at let it rest in the fridge. At 3AM, I got up and put it into my Traeger smoker. My neighbor later commented that they could could smell the hickory smoke at 7AM when the woke up. "It must be Ed", they said to me later that day. 
 
It smoked until 3PM, rested inside until 4PM when I pulled it into shreds and put it into a crock pot for serving. Sweet baby Ray's BBQ Sauce was available on the side for it, as well as cole slaw and small French rolls to make pulled pork sliders. 

 
Next up was the beans. I put sauteed onion, garlic and green peppers into another crockpot, along with two large cans of pinto beans and a can of Bush's Grilling Beans, Southern style. I had smoked 6 strips of bacon in the smoker and cut those up into small pieces and added it to the mix. In went some molasses, a bit of vinegar, some siriacha hot sauce, cumin, onion and garlic powder and finally some brown sugar. Easy, but the combination was good and it didn't take much time. After all, I still had lots to do!
When I was in Mobile with the Glee Club for the Brick Pit and Wintzell's Oyster House dinners, I wound up driving back to Los Angeles with a friend. On the way, I stopped at M & S Cajun Boudin and Grocery in Lafayette, Louisiana.
 
Besides buying fresh shrimp and pork boudin, as well as crawfish etouffee and pork boudin pies for lunch, I picked up a few packages of their andouille sausage and tasso ham. Vacuum wrapped, I knew I would save them for something good.
 
I made a chicken, sausage and tasso jambalaya, using basmati rice that I buy in 10 pound bags from an Indian store near here. Lots of tomato, a decent amount of spices and the trinity of bell pepper, celery and onion and it was in the pot and on the stove. 
 
The crawfish were the last to go. I have a pot from a turkey fryer that I use on the propane side burner of my BBQ for seafood, etc. I filled it up to the 20 pound turkey size with water, onion, garlic, lemon, celery and a liberal (well, extremely generous) dose of Loiusiana crawfish boil spice. It took a while to come to a boil, but when it did, The crawfish went in the pool, all 20 pounds of them at once.
 
It came about 3 inches from the top of the pot. They cooked for 10 minutes and then I turned the heat off and let them sit in the boil for another 25 minutes.
 
They filled up four turkey platters.
 
There were no leftovers on the crawfish, everyone loved them.  
The party was a success. I had Southern blues playing on Pandora and the birthday boy was happy. I think he went through four large plates of crawfish, himself, while his brother did almost as much. It was a delicious, Southern evening!
 
 
post edited by EdSails - 2013/08/28 17:27:37
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    Sundancer7
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 17:32:10 (permalink)
    A very nice tasty feast.  Happy BD to all.
     
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 17:38:58 (permalink)
    HEY ED
    Would you cook my next birthday dinner????  Please????  That looks WONDERFUL!!!!
     
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 17:40:43 (permalink)
    lleechef

    HEY ED
    Would you cook my next birthday dinner????  Please????  That looks WONDERFUL!!!!
     

     
    Sure Lisa. How about crawfish, jambalaya and Ravioli-o's?
     

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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 17:45:09 (permalink)
    Sounds good to me!  I'll eat the crawfish and jambalaya and You-Know-Who can have the rest. 
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 17:57:28 (permalink)
    Oh, and don't forget the pulled pork......that looked wonderful too!!!!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 18:42:54 (permalink)
    lleechef

    Oh, and don't forget the pulled pork......that looked wonderful too!!!!

     
    The pulled pork did turn out well. In the photo of it when I was shredding it you can see the nice smoke ring. It's been great for leftover lunches too!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 19:19:12 (permalink)
    Ed - very nice menu and even better looking pictures!  Would love a doggie bag! 
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 19:48:19 (permalink)
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    Ed - very nice menu and even better looking pictures!  Would love a doggie bag! 

    Thanks, ChiTownDiner. All that was left was part of the jambalaya, a small container of pork and a few ears of fresh corn on the cob. Not even enough to send leftover for everyone this time!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 21:35:30 (permalink)
    How come the Crawfish didn't turn red ?????????? everything looks great...
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/28 22:53:48 (permalink)
    Man, that's some great-looking food.
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 07:00:16 (permalink)
    Ed, this is a fabulous feast!  Lucky birthday boy!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 10:20:14 (permalink)
    I have decided, after seeing this, that I want to celebrate my birth-DAY every month!  Menu courtesy of ED ( plane tickets for B-day#1 on the way!).....AWESOME!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 11:26:07 (permalink)
    pnwchef

    How come the Crawfish didn't turn red ?????????? everything looks great...

     
    They weren't embarrassed enough........
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 12:29:59 (permalink)
    Great job, Ed!  That's a nice smoke ring in the pork.
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 16:25:10 (permalink)
    Ed - You my friend could be part cajun and if not I will secretly swear you in as an exiled cajun in LA LA Land.
     
    That was one mighty fine feast fit for a growing birthday boy.
     
    Did you get any of M & S' wonderful Boudin??? 
    It is a very good "beginners" link of Boudin
    (not too spicy, fairly even mix of meat to rice) 
    Their boudin balls fresh from the fryer are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 16:33:46 (permalink)
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    How come the Crawfish didn't turn red ?????????? everything looks great...


    They weren't embarrassed enough........

    Ed, I would have to say your Smoking is getting to be top notch. I know you spend a lot of time making sure it turns out well. You would do well as a caterer, it takes being a perfectionist,
     being great with detail, and you have to be crazy. You have all three............Bill
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    pnwchef

    How come the Crawfish didn't turn red ?????????? everything looks great...


    They weren't embarrassed enough........

    Ed, I would have to say your Smoking is getting to be top notch. I know you spend a lot of time making sure it turns out well. You would do well as a caterer, it takes being a perfectionist,
    being great with detail, and you have to be crazy. You have all three............Bill

    Thanks, Bill. It is high praise coming from you.
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 18:30:08 (permalink)
    Ed, your menu combination of the swamp bugs and BBQ was double outstanding.  A Great thing you did.
     
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 20:02:14 (permalink)
    Ed
    My birthday is June 15.  Don't forget. 
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/08/29 21:56:50 (permalink)
    Ed, that all looks so good! Happy Birthday to all involved!!
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    Ed - You my friend could be part cajun and if not I will secretly swear you in as an exiled cajun in LA LA Land.

    That was one mighty fine feast fit for a growing birthday boy.

    Did you get any of M & S' wonderful Boudin??? 
    It is a very good "beginners" link of Boudin
    (not too spicy, fairly even mix of meat to rice) 
    Their boudin balls fresh from the fryer are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

     
    I wound up buying a few links of pork boudin and a few of shrimp boudin. I brought them home and had them the day after we got back. They were very tasty!
    I didn't see the boudin balls. Next time!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 08:47:55 (permalink)
    Now that's real eating.
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 11:02:25 (permalink)
    Great looking menu, Ed!!!I am impressed with your efforts.( By the way, my birthday is Feb.19th)
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    ann peeples

    Great looking menu, Ed!!!I am impressed with your efforts.( By the way, my birthday is Feb.19th)

    I'll take Ann's leftovers, my BD is Feb 20th.................By the way, where the Sam Hill is Ed ????????
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 12:15:09 (permalink)
    Bill-I would be happy to have Ed cook for us at a combined birthday party!
    I think Ed has done some traveling recently.....
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 12:44:54 (permalink)
    Thank you ... Thank you   ... but I can't get up to Wisconsin or Washington to do your B'days  ...  oh, my bad, you mean EdSail ...     ... early happy B'day anyway ...
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 17:28:02 (permalink)
    ED, I would pay BIG $ for a person who can do magic to food as you obviously can, great job!
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/17 21:09:10 (permalink)
    Ed, my birthday is coming up...12/27. Hint, hint!
     
    But seriously, can you post the recipe for your Jambalaya?
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    Re:EdSails does a Southern birthday party--Jambalaya, pulled pork and crawfish 2013/10/18 12:23:17 (permalink)
    Everything looks amazing and delicious! I am impressed! That is the best looking smoked butt I have seen recently, even compared with all the bbq places on DD&D. You obviously know what you are doing. Kudos to you!
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