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Joe's Crab Shack BBQ Crab Recipe
Joe's Crab Shack BBQ Crab
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 430
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (5 reviews)
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 its 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 extra zing, 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."

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

5 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
I ate the shells !
Submitted on: 09/19/13
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 agree with Brian!
Dave Hamilton  
Submitted on: 09/19/13
Instead of oil use butter!
Julia Pierce  
Submitted on: 09/05/07
This is Fantastic! I left out the Accent and added in a couple of teaspoons of powdered sugar instead. In a side by side taste taste it was almost spot on with the original. The original just has a bit more barbeque taste to it.
Brian Richardson  
Submitted on: 09/14/06
Another great recipe! Leave the oil out for a seasoning better than Old Bay. It's even better with butter!
Nancy Gipson  
Submitted on: 08/30/06
This was easy to make, kept at room temperature, and was great, even just a touch with imitation crab right out of the fridge....a great snack. I had to make more when the first batch ran out....just vary how much you touch the sauce with the crab as to how much you want....so easy, and with ingredients already on hand...a nice flavor addition to crab. I will keep making this. Thank you, Todd.