My husband was born & raised in North Carolina and even though he has lived in Illinois for over 20 years he still bleeds NC blue! My first visit to NC with him I got to attend my first Clam Bake! I could try to explain but will let the picture of the awesomeness my father in law concocted speak for itself! I was so excited we came home with coolers of frozen clams, shrimp and the smoked sausage we got from the Piggly Wiggly so we could have our own. We do this outside in a turkey fryer pot and my father in law had a 'special' table and cloth they used just for dumping all that yumminess on.