Every summer millions of Maryland families, friends and loved ones share picnic-style Maryland crab feasts. It’s a big deal and pastime here. Blue crabs take time to pick and eat which is why this is a fun social activity best served with ice cold beer and music.

The bare necessities:

  • Maryland Blue Crabs from the Chesapeake Bay steamed with JO Spice (our preference) or Old Bay
  • Family, friends and loved ones
  • Ice cold beer
  • Newspaper to line your tables
  • Melted butter (a little lemon in the butter is optional)
  • Extra JO spice or Old Bay
  • Crab mallets
  • Plenty of paper towels (eating crabs is a messy business!)
  • First aid kit (for the rookies)

The extras:

  • Corn on the cob – pull back the corn sleeve and sprinkle JO or Old Bay and cover back up to cook.
  • Spiced Shrimp (Spiced with Old Bay!)
  • Maryland Crab Cakes

What you need to know:

  • Maryland Blue Crab season is April 15th to October 15th
  • Adult portions are typically 6-12 large crabs.
  • Crab meat alone is not very filling so you may want to compliment your blue crab recipe with corn, spiced shrimp, beer, and other appetizers.
  • Crabs are sloppy to eat. Don’t wear white or new clothing. Your hands and fingernails will get dirty but it’s so worth it.
  • To get the most out of your crabs you need to know how to pick Maryland Blue Crabs like a pro:

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