Don and John McLemore’s father, Dawson, started Masterbuilt by handcrafting metal plant stands. Later, he made a fish fryer, and the company took off.
After 37 years of working together to make Masterbuilt a national name, the brothers McLemore have created several devices that make Dawson proud. The first electric turkey fryer made its debut in 2003, and in 2009, Masterbuilt and Butterball joined forces to market the electric turkey fryer (in two sizes), along with the McLemore brothers’ rubs and sauces. They also created an electric smoker.
John McLemore, the president and CEO, recently made his debut as a cookbook author, releasing “Dadgum, That’s Good.”
He’s sharing four signature recipes from the book, all of which can be made in the electric turkey fryer.
This week, it’s his Low Country Boil.
“Nothing is better or easier for large and small crowds than our Low Country Boil,” John McLemore writes in his cookbook. “For a splash-free cooking experience, I recommend you hook the basket as you add each ingredient. If you like, you can substitute some of the shrimp with crawfish. Complete the experience and have a little fun by dumping the boil out on a newspaper for a true ‘grab ‘n growl’ — no forks required.”
LOW COUNTRY BOIL
1/2 cup Butterball Cajun Seasoning (or your favorite seafood seasoning)
2 pounds of whole new potatoes
8-to-12 pieces of short-ear corn
2 pounds pre-cooked smoked sausage (cut to 1/2-to-1-inch slices on the diagonal)
2 pounds split and deveined shrimp
Fill the Butterball or Masterbuilt fryer to the max fill line with water. If using a seasoning bag, place bag in the basket.
Set the heat to 375 degrees and bring to a boil. This will take about 20-to-25 minutes.
Add the whole potatoes to the basket and lower carefully into the boiling water. Boil for 12 minutes.
Add the corn to the potatoes and boil an additional nine minutes.
Add the sausage to the potatoes and corn and boil for another nine minutes.
Add the shrimp. Boil for an additional three-to-five minutes until the shrimp are pink.
Total cooking time for the Low Country Boil is 33-to-35 minutes.
Lift the basket from the hot water slowly, hooking the drain clip on the basket into the drain clip mounting hole.
Allow the Low Country Boil to drain and serve hot.
1/2 cup butter
4 medium garlic cloves
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat. Add the minced garlic and mix.
Drizzle the butter sauce over each plate or serve on the side.