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just a question

This might sound crazy, but I was wondering if anyone has ever smoked crab legs? It sounds good but how would you do it? Also would any smoke get threw the shell? Just curious was thinking of trying it. 

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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Most shellfish cook so fast, i don't think you can get any smoke taste in them before they would be overcooked.  And remember how mild tasting they are, the smoke taste may easily overpower the taste of the crab meat ..? 
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,293
    edited March 2013
    I have, numerous times. I soak in kosher salt water, and cut multiple slits in the shell. Get egg to about 300 and set it up for raised direct heat. Throw the legs in and cook for about 3 mins per side with whatever wood you like. I can taste smoke in them and so can my guests. There is not significant time for the smoke to overpower the meat, but enough to get a light taste. Do not overcook though, trial and error.



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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 5,581
    Are you thinking King crab or our local crabs? 
    King crab stands on its own, that's why I keep my gasser. Preferred cook for local crabs is usually to boil/steam them.
    If you try it let us know,  
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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,293
    I am not sure what local crabs are, as a matter of fact, I think my cousin got them last night. However I cook king crab and only the good parts, (I have a butcher at sams club that will make a "custom bag" for me with only the forearms and no knuckles or any other part.) No snow crab here, only king.



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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,410
    I am not sure what local crabs are, as a matter of fact, I think my cousin got them last night.

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  • Are you thinking King crab or our local crabs? 
    King crab stands on its own, that's why I keep my gasser. Preferred cook for local crabs is usually to boil/steam them.
    If you try it let us know,  
    I was thinking king legs, not local. Jot a real fan of Dungeness crab
  • YEMTrey said:
    I am not sure what local crabs are, as a matter of fact, I think my cousin got them last night.
    I think those would be to hard to cook they fall through the grate. 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,019
    King and snow crabs are always fully cooked before freezing, so you're basically heating it up...no risk of undercooking somefin pre-cooked.

    and jason - stop messin' around with your cousin! ;)
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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,409
    Just a newb here and I know next to nothing about cold smoking and i've only seen pictres of cold smoke set-ups but could you cold smoke the crab then cook it normally?? Just my first thought!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,019
    Just a newb here and I know next to nothing about cold smoking and i've only seen pictres of cold smoke set-ups but could you cold smoke the crab then cook it normally?? Just my first thought!
    Sure.  You can cold smoke anything.  Normal rules of food safety apply.
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