Summer does not start with my family until someone says it time to go crabbing, then it is on. The traditional way we were taught to cook BBQ blue crabs was to season them and deep fry or gumbo. I have found a better and more healthy way to enjoy blue crabs. We had caught blue crabs at the beach one weekend and I had the pit going and had season my crabs up ready to fry, well I forgot my fryer at home, so I decide to through somw bbq sauce on the crabs and put them on the pit. Well, we no longer fry crabs we BBQ. My boys love them and so do the girls. They are messy but so good.
Go catch you some blue crabs or buy them if you must. Clean blue crabs by peeling shell off, remove pinchers(keep these, you can boil them) and clean inside cavity of the body. Remove lungs. Keep whole.
Lay flat in pan season with TexJoy or Tony's very generously, then take bbq sauce and pour about tablespoon in the cavity of the body. Refrigerate for 1 hour or over night.
Put on low heat grill or charcoal grill. Cook slowly when the bbq sauce starts to bubble and the crabs start turning red, about 10 minutes, take pastry brush, dip in the cavity and spread all over the body of the crab and cook for another few minutes until the legs get crispy. Be careful they can burn easily. Then serve hot off the grill. If you need a lesson on how to eat them that is a whole different chapter.
Crab claws: scrub clean, put in cold water add seasoning (crab boil), chunks of celery, lemon, onions and bell pepper to water. Boil 5 minutes, drain and chill. Crack claws and enjoy.