Crabs on the grill

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by mike5051, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi folks,

    My girlfriend had bbqd crabs once and was amazed. Does anyone know how to grill crabs?  She said that they weren't softshell so I'm at a loss.

    Mike
     
  2. Dungeness works well on the grill. We grill them, cleaned and broken down into the leg clusters, with bell peppers and a black bean and garlic sauce. Served over rice.

    Problem is, the season doesn't open for couple of more months in CA.
     
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love grilled crabs, what part don't you understand?
     
  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I've only boiled live crabs, and never cooked the dead ones.  I would think that you would clean the crabs for grilling.  Would you clean them live?  If not, what do you do with the crabs until ready to grill?  Do you have to keep them alive until ready to grill?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Mike we dont clean them first just throw them live  on the grill just like tossing in boiling water. they don't get any seasoning just some smoky flavor. You can make a dipping sauce if you want to.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015
  6. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks eman!  That sounds good.
     
  7. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Always different, I clean mine. I pull the back shell and the abdominal segment off the bottom, and got 'em and the gills. Then they look like gumbo crabs. Oh I do this live. Then throw 'em on a charcoal grill for about 3 to 5 mins and baste. That's it.

    I like to baste with lemon, butter and garlic.

    I have just done a quick clean, stuck 'em on a weenie stick and held over a fire while gigging flounder. Drop a little Cajun Power on 'em and they are good to go.

    All you are really trying to do is heat the crab thru. I have done that and sprinkled 'em with Old Bay too. It'll make ya feel like a yankee.

    Its just too easy, and so many variations. There has got to be something for everyone.

    Old HS buddy always tries a couple a times a year to grill crabs & oysters.... Now there is a party ya didn't wanta miss!

    You just can't mess up.
     
  9. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Foam,

    Grilled crabs and oysters sound fantastic.  I've done the char grilled oysters, just never thought of doing crab.  My gf LOVES crabs and will tolerate the grilled oysters.  Sounds like a date night is in the near future!

    Mike
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check your oysters close, last dozen I got only 5 worked.

    BTW a couple a ice cold longnecks with those and date night might get outta hand! Makes a good breakfast too!
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015
  11. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    For blue claws I do softies right on the grill grates, brushed with a little olive oil ,garlic, salt & pepper. For hard shell I stun & clean live, toss in an aluminum disposable pan, toss in garlic,olive oil,salt & pepper, cover with foil . They steam in the oil & their own juices. Good eats & no mess in the kitchen!
     
  12. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That sounds like a winner also!  I'm gonna do some crabs in the near future!  Thanks for the info

    Mike
     
  13. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    It's also good with clams or mussels! Just steam in their own juice with the spiced olive oil til they open, toss in some linguine & you got a whole tray of good!

    I've also done shrimp & lobster tails & claws. Just crack the lobster to let flavors mingle!
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2015
  14. I like to live-back dungeness, bust them in half, baste them heavily with melted garlic butter mixed with lemon juice, and toss them on the grill. When they're done cooking I just move them to the cold side of the grill and start eating them with my bare hands right there in the yard like a caveman. A bunch of the garlic butter and lemon juice ends up all over my hands and then on the meat from cracking the shells and picking the meat bare handed. It's both fun and delicious. Just make sure you hold onto your beer tightly with your butter fingers!
     
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh yes, yes, yes....... don't forget that French bread to sop up those drippings! You know if you'll chop a small bit of green onion tops on 'em, that'll make garlic, onion, butter and lemon.....
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2015
  16. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Damn!  Y'all are killing me.  That all sounds so delicious!  It is now a priority.

    Mike
     
  17. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sounds so good... wish I had crabs.............lol  [​IMG]
     
  18. Wow what a fun & delicious thread! Yours all sound so fabulous!

    These are some of mine - from grilled to smoked etc. & from way back when...Cheers!!! And happy new week to all! - Leah
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2015
  19. i wish i was leah's neighbor... man i love seafood. thanks for sharing, the food looks remarkable!

    being a midwestern boy, I've never done anything but the simple with crustaceans.
     

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