Grilled Crab Legs for The 4th Of July
When celebrating the 4th of July it always entails grilling up something good. This year we tried a very unconventional approach, by grilling up some crab legs, that were delicious.
Now I know you guys have probably heard of a Low Country Boil, sometimes also called Frogmore stew. It is quite famous in the southern coastal regions. It is where you boil up crab, shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage all in one pot, then dump the contents out onto a picnic table usually covered with newspaper. Well this is my 4th of July spin on that concept, except we will be smoking up the contents on The Big Green Egg just to add a little bit more flavor. So come on inside, and enjoy all the patriotic decor while we smoke up a Low Country fest you are going to love. I was so excited to finally get my Americana bunting up this year. I actually decided to put it up for Memorial Day, and celebrate 30 Days of Gratitude, which means it could stay up until the 4th of July, right? Brilliant plan if you ask me, the holidays are barely a month apart so why not just keep the decor out for the entire summer? As you make your way to the grilling porch you will find that we have laid out a few more festive accessories. Which go so nicely with the new denim blue cushions we selected for our patio furniture, how lucky is that? When I picked out the cushions I just knew I wanted something that would look pretty against the green wood line and not show a whole lot of dirt or pollen. Denim blue seemed to fit the bill nicely. For each of the place settings I have layered a American flag on top of an old banker’s bag, which are made out of canvas. These are the very same bags used to transport money to and from banks, specifically change. I kept a stack of these bags when we liquidated my father’s vending machine company 15 years ago as a memento, plus I think they are really cool. Plus I have found so many uses for these bags, including this unexpected use as a placemat, which is perfect since you can a tie your bandana napkin and silverware down on a windy day, as seen below.
My galvanized chargers are always the perfect choice for this time of year and especially for an outdoor event. I also found these great plastic food baskets which could also be used for grilling burgers and dogs. They reminded me a little bit of The Varsity. For today’s dinner I lined them with wax paper instead of the more traditional low country boil newspaper option just to keep things tidy. To keep the wax paper from blowing away in the wind, before the food is ready, I weighted the wax paper and baskets with a slice of lemon and a set of crab crackers. Not only is this functional but it sets the fresh seafood theme. To add a little spark to our leggy summer time flowers in our DIY Umbrella Basket seen from a post early this spring. I added in a few flags, firecrackers and shooting stars. These are just floral picks you can pick up from any craft store or online and they really can dress up a living centerpiece that has been around all season and make it feel fresh again. As you can see below, the food must be almost done as we already have an unexpected diner waiting for his basket full of seafood, lol. I am not sure if Ralphy is just being patriotic and looking at the flag or just smelling that snow crab smoke coming off the Egg.
THE DETAILS ON THE CRAB
So as we take a look over at the crab legs on the grill here is the basic recipe for smoking your crab legs. You want to make a BBQ butter sauce to bast them with every 10 minutes. For 5-6 lbs of crab, we used 2 sticks of butter, 2 Tbls. Fox Bros. BBQ Rub, 1 tsp Old Bay, 2 Tbls. Cilantro (minced). The frozen crab legs were first dredged in the butter then placed on the grill, basting every 10 mins for 30 mins at 250 degrees. During this time we also grilled and smoked the corn, potatoes, zucchini, shrimp and sausage. We actually used beer brats as a fun 4th of July twist this time, instead of our usual andouille, and they were quite nice to add into the mix. I also added in the zucchini because I really just felt like I just needed to add something green, this meal had a lot of carbs and protein, lol.
As the items come hot off the grill you can serve them right into the wax paper lined baskets. This will also allow your guests to eat in courses or nibble on fresh bits as they finish cooking. Kind of like hibachi where the chef tosses a few shrimp at you but is still working on the veggies.
The corn and potatoes will take the longest, followed by the beer brats or sausage. So be mindful as you add things on to the grill and temps that you need to be cooking each of the items at. In fact we cooked the crab and shrimp first at 250 degrees then fired up the grill for the rest of the meal. The crab and shrimp where chilled in the fridge until we were ready to serve the meal. I think this take on a Low Country Grill for the 4th of July turned out great. It was a fun, but unexpected dining experience and not just your same old burgers and hot dogs. You could always dress is it with a few steaks and make it a surf and turf. One of our favorite ways to stock our freezer is Omaha Steaks and they always have a great deal going on this time of year. I have some great affiliate offers that I can pass along to you:
A big pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade is the perfect drink option for this meal. To me it says summer time and seafood. I added a few fresh slices of lemons to garnish the mason jar glasses, then floated a few in the actual pitcher which was so simple but really dressed up the look of plain old lemonade. You can also check my link for my special variety of Rosewater Lemonade for a unexpected twist on a old classic. When you are entertaining you will find that it is the little details that make the biggest impact. A fun paper straw in blue with stars, that pops against your fresh squeezed lemonade. These are all very simple things that are easy to do, and cost very little, yet they will make your guest feel like you really put forth an effort to plan a fun event. Don’t forget the dessert! Watermelon is probably one of the most iconic 4th of July treats I can think of, besides Apple Pie, which I have a great recipe for, if you need it. Today, it is so hot we just decided to keep it cool and simple with fresh sweet chilled watermelon slices, light and easy on the stomach, not to heavy so you can have room for pie later. Be sure to Shop Americana! Now, get out there and celebrate your independence, wear your funny hats, play your patriotic music and shoot off your fireworks. God bless the U.S.A., you go ‘Merica!
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