1. Now go back outside and consider your guests: can they handle a cup of cayenne pepper? Can you? Because I have made a shrimp boil with only half a cup, and it was fine, but bland. When I bit into it, my grandfather woke up from a deep sleep in Baton Rouge with this huge urge to yell at me for being a wuss. So yeah, put all that cayenne in, there you go. Toss in a beer for luck (I’ve never noticed it affecting the taste, but I keep doing it anyway). Heat on high, covered until boiling. Go back outside and have a lively argument about Sam Cooke vs. Otis Redding.

    How to Throw a Shrimp Boil

    Every recipe should include a Sam v. Otis debate step.