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Steamers (Rare Treat for Da Bear)

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by Bearcarver, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Steamers (Rare Treat for Da Bear)


    These aren’t very exciting to many of you guys, but I don’t get these very often, because they don’t have them in my Stores very often, and when they do they’re too expensive.

    A couple weeks ago, I got 40 “Littlenecks” for $12, and they were Great, but 40 of those tiny things don’t go very far.
    This time I got about 40 of the much bigger “Maine Clams”. They were just as good, but much more filling.

    I used to have Clams a lot more often, when a couple of my Buddies used to run down to Jersey & Dig their own.
    Then my one Buddy went there to get Clams, and came home with Crabs. That ended that!! LOL

    LOL—That’s about the only thing we ever use our old Steamer for.

    I love Steamed Clams, but it’s another thing I have to eat by myself.


    Thanks for stopping by,

    Bear



    First half of the batch of about 40 Maine Clams, in the Steamer:
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    Getting all warm & sweaty:
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    I like to pluck a whole bunch & put them all in the bowl of butter.
    Then it's "Chow-Time":

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    Last edited: Jun 9, 2019
  2. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I too Love clams, Pretty much all shellfish

    I "Like" it

    Gary
     
  3. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang Bear,those look so good!

    I love huge clams grilled and full of garlic butter.

    A very rare treat down here on the Gulf Coast too.
    Just like your's, hard to find good ones and expensive.
     
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  4. normanaj

    normanaj Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Those are actually large littlenecks known around these parts as cherrystones.Chowders are the large ones that are used in chowder and the shells for stuffies.In the end they're all quahogs,just different sizes.

    If your store advertised those as "steamers" you probably got yourself a good deal.

    When I'm off the meds and can get back out into the sun I'm gonna do me some diggin for some steamers.
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good. We love them. Years ago a Lancaster area restaurant ran a happy hour 3 dozen Maine Clams and Crunchy French Bread Special, for $10. They were really great...JJ
     
  6. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Man that looks good! It’s been awhile since I’ve had any. Like you when we get them they are expensive so a rare treat!
     
  7. Looks good! Getting me in the mood for a visit to the fish market.
     
  8. Bear as you and a few others this forum have shown that the forum is not just about Qing, smoking, and curing and such though that is the main theme, but about sharing.
     
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  9. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man that would hit the spot! I have the opposite problem, everyone loves them and there is little left for me once I start to serve them. LOL.

    Never use a steamer because the sauce is crazy good to dip crunchy bread into. Bread might actually even better than the clams. Dead serious, use the hardest stalest stuff you got. There is a local bar that does a tomato beer thing that rocks that I need to try to make.
     
  10. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I love clams. When I lived off the coast of BC I used to dig them regularly. Always cooked them in a marinera liquid like mussels. Since my Little Brother died, I don't have anyone around to enjoy them with.
    Gary
     
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  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thank You Gary!!
    And Thanks for the Like.

    Bear



    The store didn't call them Steamers. I called them steamers because I steamed them. Maybe I shouldn't call them that.
    The store called them Maine clams because they're Black, and they say "not as tasty as Littlenecks", but I thought they were Great.

    Bear
     
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks John!!
    I didn't know they were rare down there too.

    Bear


    Thank You Jimmy!!
    I don't get around so good any more, but there is a Bar in Emmaus "Comix" Hotel that has what they call "Mahogany Clams" for 99 cents a Dozen. They're smaller but I love them. LOL--Sometimes Off-Season, they go up to $1.25 a dozen!!!
    It's a "Biker" Bar, but I always get along good with them, even without a Bike.

    Bear
     
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thank You John!!
    And Thanks for the Like.

    Bear


    Thank You!!
    And Thanks for the Like Too.

    Bear
     
  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look good to me, even though I'm more of a clam roll type of guy.

    Point for sure
    Chris
     
  15. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Looks great, Bear. Now you got me hungry for clams.

    I haven’t had clams in years. Back when a buddy of mine and me were single, we’d hit up this bar called “Bunnies” on Altar St. in Hazleton. We would go for the clam night on Thursdays before we would go to pool league. $1.25 a dozen...and most of the time we were early enough that we’d be the only people in the place.

    Good post, takes me back. Like!
     
  16. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    Thank You Kit !!
    I probably share more than I should, but I sometimes live dangerously.
    And Thanks for the Like.

    Bear
     
  17. Yes, Maine Mahogany clams, not as sweet as jersey clams but then again nothing is. Great for casino's.
     
  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    Thank You Sam!!
    And Thanks for the Like.
    Yeah---I shouldn't complain about eating alone---It's a lot cheaper!!

    Bear
     
  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    Thank You Gary!!
    Sorry about your Little Brother.
    If you weren't a Million miles away, I'd gladly throw some Clams down with you.
    And Thanks for the Like.

    Bear
     
  20. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bear, Your clams look tasty! We had a peck for lunch up at camp on Memorial Day weekend. I packed my butter bowl just like you ! :)