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Smoked Ancho Basil King Crab Legs


King Crab legs are always a treat, and one of my favorite things in the world.  These are amped up in flavor with a hint of smoke and basted in an ancho basil butter to add some amazing flavors!



12 lbs King Crab Legs, split, thawed

1/2 lb salted butter

1 TBS minced shallots

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp ancho powder

1 TBS finely diced basil


Prepare smoker to run between 200° and 225°.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat, with 1/2 TBS butter, cook shallots and garlic until softened.  Add remaining butter and allow to melt.  Remove from heat, add ancho powder and minced basil, then stir to incorporate.

Place crab legs on smoker, meat side up and allow to smoke for 10 minutes.  Baste with butter mixture.  Continue to smoke until crab legs reach 165 degrees, basting every few minutes.  Total cooking time will depend on your grill and the size of the legs, but should be 20-30 minutes.

Remove and serve with additional butter.