Liberty County Guide to the Perfect Low Country Boil
Nothing says Southern quite like a big, steaming pot of low country boil! It’s definitely not a meal to pass up on any time you’re offered and with the 4th of July coming up, we thought it would be a great time for y’all to enjoy it! We put our native knowledge to use and came up with some helpful tips and tricks to use along the way and even included our very own recipe to make the perfect low country boil using Georgia blue crabs! Check it out below.
Tips & Tricks for Catching Georgia Blue Crabs to Make Sure You Get The Best Haul Possible
- If you’ve never been crabbing before, go out with someone who has lots of experience.
- Make sure that you have the correct basket.
- Grab some bait. Uncooked, raw chicken works best. Place it in the bait well of the basket and then “sew” the basket up – unless you have one of the new fancy ones!
- Find a place to throw them out! Double-check to be sure that you have the proper licensing and are following all rules/regulations if you’re doing it in open water.
- Timing is very important. It’s best to put them out at mid-tide, outgoing or low incoming. What we’re saying is, do not do this at high tide!
- Don’t mess with the traps! Pulling them up every 10 minutes or even every couple of hours will net you a smaller catch.
- Follow the science of crab trapping. This means that the trap needs to become part of the landscape for the crabs. They are attracted by the bait and the tides that sweep them along to make sure that they are carried to your traps.
- Wait about 24 hours before pulling your traps up, but be careful because those little buggers are vicious!
- Make sure you either have thick gloves or a “crab grabber” which is a real tool that you can buy.
- Get the crabs out of the traps and into your bucket for cooking. Beware! This is hot, sweaty and potentially dangerous work because, a crab claw pinch really hurts!
- Place them in a bucket, prior to cooking and make sure that you keep them in water or sprayed down.
Our Instructions for making the Perfect Low Country Boil
- Start your water in a low country boil pot with a burner. Make sure that you’re doing all of this outside!
- Season your water with salt, pepper and Old Bay (really a staple in coastal Georgia). The pot should be filled to leave about 5 inches of clearance at the top so that when you add the food items it doesn’t overflow.
- Let your seasoned water come to a rolling boil and get your food ready!
- Drop your onions in the pot! Remember the water must be at a rolling boil and if you keep the lid on it helps keep the heat inside as well.
- Leave the onions in for about 20 minutes before adding anything else. The onions are used more for seasoning than anything, but you can eat them if you’d like!
- Add your fresh corn, red-skinned potatoes and onions. You can wash and cut them if necessary. Keep in mind: the key to a great Low Country Boil is fresh vegetables! Check out the Fleming Farmers Market in Midway for all of your goodies. Also, the potatoes are going to take the longest to cook other than the crab, so leave them in for at least 20 minutes!
- Now you can add the sausage.
- Get ready to put your crabs in! This part is a little interesting because they are still alive. You’re about to drop them in boiling water. They are going to die immediately. If you’re tenderhearted this is not the task you want to undertake.
- Leave the crabs boiling for at least 20 minutes. The water should return to a boil after you dump them in.
- Put the lid back on and then boil for a solid 20 minutes.
- In the last 2-4 minutes you’ll add the shrimp. We of course used Georgia White Shrimp! Keep in mind that shrimp are “done” when they turn pink. If you cook them too long the shells become very difficult to remove & the shrimp are tough.
- Pull the basket! Low Country Boil pots have a basket inside where the food is placed so you’re not actually having to haul that huge pot to the table.
- Most people will lay out cardboard boxes to catch the extra juices and that’s what you will be dumping the basket out on.
- Make sure to peel your shrimp & “de-back” the crabs!
The perfect Low Country Boil can sound like a lot of work, but trust us when we say – it’ll be worth it. If you want a delicious Low Country Boil dinner without having to do it yourself, head over to Walthourville Meat Market and try one of their platters. It’s fresh and ready to eat when you pick it up, and it’s another great opportunity to #ExploreLiberty!