Steamed Crabs - Need Idea
Heading for Ocracoke (Outer Banks) in a little over a week and planning on how to cook all the crabs I am going to catch. I want to cook them outside.
I have been doing some experimenting with my Cobb grill. I have a 6 qt pot that will sit on the Cobb frying pan. If I put boiling water from the stove into the pan, it takes about 5 minutes on the Cobb to bring it back to boiling. That was with 2 quarts of water which is a depth of about 2" (depth for steaming). I ran another test where I put 1 qt of tap water into the boiling water and it took 20 minutes to bring it back to a boil. I was trying to simulate adding crabs to the boiling water.
Based on this, I think my best plan is to steam the crabs and not boil them. The diameter of the pot is 9". I might only able to steam 3 or 4 crabs at a time, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Now here's the question. What can I use as a steamer basket?
Note: I made use of the hot Cobb grill by grilling some cubed steaks and onions.