What could be more fun? Newspapers covering the table. Fingertips full of flavor. No food brings people together quite like a shrimp boil. Just roll up your sleeves and enjoy piles of steaming, delicious shrimp.
4 quarts water (16 cups)
1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)
1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
2 tablespoons salt
8 medium red potatoes quartered
2 large onions cut into wedges
2 pounds lean smoked sausage cut into 2-inch pieces
8 ears fresh corn shucked and halved crosswise
4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)
Bring water beer OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes.
Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning if desired.