I am not sure where to put this post, so I figured since it would feed about 100 people this was a good spot to put it.
We cooked a chicken and sausage Jambalaya over an open fire last weekend for my dads 40th class reunion. Pretty basic jambalaya recipe except we cook it over the logs because we feel it gets a good smokey flavor using this method...plus it is more fun.
Start by cutting all the sausage while the fire is getting ready.
Brown sausage, while it is browning finish cutting veggies. This is where it is good to have two people. Because of the intense heat you have to pretty much stir the entire time to keep from sticking...at least up until you start getting a lot of juices from the chicken.
Cook chicken for a while. Notice all of the liquid that the chicken produces...these 5-10 cups should be accounted for when measuring the water to rice ratio later. We figured this time we would subtract about 6 cups of water to account for this liquid already in the pot.
Return the sausage to the pot, add veggies (onions, celery, garlic and bell peppers) and add a little more hot sauce and cayenne pepper. Cook until veggies are tender.
Added the water and bring to a boil before adding rice. This is where you should give it a taste test because once you add the rice there is no adding seasoning...well I guess you could but the rice would not absorb it fully. At this point you want it a little more spicy than you would like your finished product because the rice will absorb it all. Also if you want this would make an excellent gumbo at this time.
Added the rice and brought back to a boil and simmered for a few minutes, then removed most of the logs, covered and let it work it's magic.
Here is the finished product. We think it turned out really good...he said that there were no complaints from the party.