Chesapeake Crab Boil

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

In 'A Love Affair with Southern Cooking' by Jean Anderson

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  1. Combine the beer, vinegar, Old Bay, and salt in a medium nonreactive bowl; set aside.
  2. Place a rack in the bottom of a large, deep, nonreactive kettle.
  3. Pile half the crabs on the rack and pour in half the beer mixture; add the remaining crabs and beer mixture.
  4. Set over med-high heat and bring to a boil; adjust the heat so the liquid bubbles gently, cover tight, and steam the crabs for 20-25 minutes or until they are bright red.
  5. Serve at once with melted butter and plenty of napkins.
  6. Don't forget to put out a large bowl to catch the crab shells.

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