Recipe: Crawdad in a Can

Crawdad in a Can*
1 campfire
1 hand-caught and pissed off crawdad/crawfish/mudbug
2 cans Tecate
Garlic salt
1 teaspoon waterlogged margarine

Drink 10 ounces of the first beer. Rinse crawdad in fresh water and shove his angry ass in the can with the remaining beer. Place can on the edge of the campfire near plenty of heat for about ten minutes. Drink second beer while figuring out how you’re going to get the crawdad out of the can when done. When beer has been simmering and the crawdad is red, remove can from fire with wadded up paper towels. Place can on picnic table and let cool for 10 or 15 seconds. Using wadded paper towels and muttered obscenities, crush can in the middle and bend back and forth until can tears. Tear can in half. Marvel at your Bear Grylls-ness. Remove tiny morsel of tail meat, pat in margarine and garlic salt and feed to 6 year old** who has been carrying crawdad around all day in a portable aquarium. Let 3 year old gnaw on the rest. Make a big show of trying to get claw meat. Know that no matter what happens you’ll always still have plenty of WT lurking just below the surface.

* – Yes, this actually happened Saturday.
** – Proud 6 year old pronounced the crawdad “delicious,” by the way.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

5 thoughts

  1. Beautiful. Thanks for the hearty laugh. Someday I’ll follow through on my repeatedly stated plans to catch a few from our own stream. I’ll let you know if the recipe is repeatable…

  2. Sounds almost accurate, except I believe you may have used an additional 10-12 cans of Tecate in the actual preparation of this feast.

  3. Nah, just the two mentioned. The other 10-12 (over the span of eight hours, folks), came during the catch and transport phases of this operation.

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