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Old 09-07-2014, 10:36 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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Grew up in MD... Definitely steam, never boil. We just put folded chicken wire in the bottom of the biggest pot we had. Bring on the Old Bay!
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Don't forget the Old Bay seasoning...Yum!
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:54 AM   #4
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No water, steam them with a can of beer and cover with Old Bay.
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Don't forget the Old Bay seasoning...Yum!

What's the matter? You guys can't get Zatarain's up there????
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The only Zatarain's products I've seen up here are their boxed dried rice dish packages. Haven't seen any of their spices.
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I would chime in, but I am such a bad cook that I don't know the recipe for steam....
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What's the matter? You guys can't get Zatarain's up there????
I thought you could only use Zatarain's for Louisiana crabs and shrimp. East Coast you have to use Old Bay, it's the rule.
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No water, steam them with a can of beer and cover with Old Bay.
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That's the plan. One beer in the pot and one in my hand!
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Steamed Jimmies, lot's of Old Bay Seasoning, sitting on the ground and eaten over newspapers spread over the lawn to catch the mess. It doesn't get any better than that!

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