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5 Tips For a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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The timing couldn’t be more perfect, and you’re making plans to invite friends and family over for your first Texas Hill Country crawfish boil. For those that love them, there’s nothing that beats the taste of those delicious mudbugs (with the exception of a good cold gulp of suds to wash them down with), but hosting your own successful crawfish boil isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here are some tips to help steer you through your boil, straight down the road to crawdad success.

1. Find a Good Supplier

5 Tips for a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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Your Texas Hill Country crawfish boil is best to start with live stock, but considering some of our locales, even good day-old crawfish will do the trick. A good rule for supply and demand is 3-5 lbs. per person. And when you purchase your crawfish, try to transfer them into a large ice chest with an open drain. They shouldn’t sit in water prior to cooking, and you should replenish the ice as required. When you’re ready to boil, pour the crawfish into another tub for washing.

2. Wash Them Thoroughly

5 Tips for a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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Definitely ensure you wash your crawfish well prior to boiling. They live in rivers and streams, and sometimes ditches, and they often come covered in mud, dirt, grass, garbage, and the like. Clean them thoroughly, and you’ll appreciate the time you’ve taken to do so. Nothing puts a damper on a good crawfish boil like grinding grit in your teeth.

3. Be or Choose a Good Boil-Master

5 Tips for a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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Someone needs to attend to the boiling at all times. If it can’t be you, designate or find someone who knows the art of seasoning and the proper preparation of the stock. A large stockpot with a basket insert is a requirement. Ensure you have all the tools of the trade, seasoning, and prepared vegetables (potatoes and corn on the cob) immediately on hand and ready to go. Follow all directions from your recipe, or leave your boil-master to their duties. When the vegetables have been brought to a boil, your crawfish need to do so for a minimum of 15 minutes, or until done.

4. Stir & Taste-Test

5 Tips for a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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Although 15 minutes is a good guideline, make sure to test and retest the crawfish by stirring the boil, releasing the heat, and taste-testing one or two. If their texture is considered rubbery, then their tail meat isn’t done yet. If it’s falling apart, then they’re overcooked. Aiming for a middle-ground, where the crawfish meat is firm, is a boil perfectly done and ready to serve.

5. Paper and Plastic Prep

5 Tips for a Successful Texas Hill Country Crawfish Boil

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The hard part having happened, now you can get to the good part of your boil – the eating! Crawdad fans know there’s nothing either clean or neat about eating their favorite food, so proper preparation for the mess is in order. Have some plastic tablecloths or newspaper laid out, plastic cutlery (just in case), and plenty of paper napkins. Then sit down, enjoy the good food and good friends, and maybe have some equally good music playing in the background of your successful Texas Hill Country crawfish boil.