Growing up in the heart of Marylands Eastern Shore & working on Crab boats. I Grew up eating Crabs and I gotta say you got the recipe perfect... I was actually gonna post one but I reckon I don't have to :) Thanks!
As a Chesapeake Bay life-long resident, we have layered the LIVE crabs and seasoning as you fill the pot. A crab steamer is a large pot with colander style holes in the botton, which fits into a solid pan - into which you add the liquid. A rack in a REALLY large pot will work for a small # of crabs, at a time. If you have JUMBO crabs, (now @ $60/dozen ) - you can estimate 6 crabs per person. Smaller crabs will need a few more. The most important accompaniment is as the late, great Chuck Thompson would say -"Ain't the beer cold !!" ! Also, you don't need high quality beer, you won't taste it, with the hot seasonings -- but PLENTY of it! YUMMMM!
This is the ONLY way to do blue crabs. I use Beer instead of the water with the vinegar, it seems to add a little something extra. I don't change the water in between, just add more liquid. If you make a blue crab any other way, you should be shot.
Finally someone knows what a Maryland blue crab is used for!!! I've been looking for this recipe for a long time.
This is the GREATEST Crab recipe I have ever tried!!!! All my friends loved it!!!