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Joe's Crab Shack BBQ Crab


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My waitress said that I'd be tempted to lick the shells clean from my order of "BBQ Style" Dungeness crab at Joe's Crab Shack. She was right. Even though it's called "BBQ" on the menu, there's no grilling involved here. Instead, a super flavorful seasoning paste is brushed on steamed crab of your choice just before it's served to your table. With that bit of knowledge under my belt, the only thing I had to figure out was how to clone that seasoning. When I analyzed a sample of the dark red paste I first noticed the distinctive flavor of Old Bay That's a good start. After adding a lot of salt to the blend along with paprika for color, I was definitely heading in the right direction. But the taste was missing something until I invited a little MSG to the dance. You'll find it in the spice aisle of your supermarket under the brand-name Accent. After just a bit of sugar and a touch of cayenne pepper for an extra kick, I had a dry rub that was a dead ringer for the original blend. Now it was just a matter of adding some vegetable oil to the seasoning to create a paste that could be brushed on Dungeness crab, snow crab, or king crab legs after the crab is fully steamed. Next time you have a crab cookout, give this one a try and you too will serve crab that's "shell lickin' good."

Find recipes for more of your favorite dishes from Joe's here.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
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Crab Queen
Mar 5, 2016, 22:00

After reading the recipe and my family really wanting Joe's Crab Shack Crabs, I remembered that I had a seasoning in my cabinet that would add the smokey, BBQ flavor that everyone has mentioned is missing. I omitted the paprika, and the salt that the recipe calls for and I used Weber Kansas City Style BBQ Seasoning in its place and the flavor was amazing. The recipe tastes just like Joe's! Do yourself a favor and try it, you will love it!

ChefGery
Sep 18, 2013, 22:00

WOW ! Damn good and easy to make. At a SeaFest BBQ I tried this recipe out and got raves on the crab. Fresh here in Oregon a few miles from the coast. We had oysters in the shell also. So, why not with melted butter in place of the oil. It worked with our oysters off the grill and and added a BAM to them along with thumbs up. Great recipe,Todd.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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