Lobsters are about 30 percent meat by weight, so go for the slightly larger 1 1/2-pound ones, and plan for about two lobsters per person for the weekend. Look for lobsters from Maine, which are harvested sustainably. Standard 12-quart stockpots hold only three to four lobsters, so use a 16-quart pot, like the Le Creuset Lobster Stockpot ($160, ), which holds six to eight.
6 ears fresh corn, husks peeled back and silks removed
12 (1 1/2 -pounds) live lobsters
Melted salted butter (do not use clarified butter)
How to Make It
Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a 16-quart stockpot over high. Add 3 ears corn in a single layer, and top with 6 lobsters. Cover and steam until lobster shells are bright red and you can distinctly smell cooked lobster in the air, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove cooked lobsters and corn to a rimmed baking sheet. Return the water to a boil, and repeat with remaining 3 ears corn and 6 lobsters. Serve lobster tails, crusher claws, and corn with melted salted butter.