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Grilled Crab Legs

These grilled crab legs are topped with a tasty seasoned butter and cooked perfectly on the grill or smoker. You'll never go back to steaming them!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Crab Legs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 597kcal
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 6 pounds king crab legs split lengthwise

Seasoned Garlic Butter

  • 1 cup salted butter melted
  • 4 Tablespoons basil chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweet Rub


  • Preheat your grill or smoker to 225 degrees F for indirect cooking. 
  • Make sure all of your crab legs are split and free of shell fragments. Set them split side up on a baking sheet.
  • Combine all ingredients for the seasoned garlic butter in a bowl.
  • Spoon the butter over the exposed meat of the crab. Reserve any additional butter for serving with the finished crab.
  • Place the split crab legs on the grill grates, shell side down. Close the lid and grill/smoke for 25-30 minutes or until the crab is heated through.
  • Serve immediately with more of the hot, melted seasoned butter and fresh lemon wedges. 



My SWEET RUB can now be purchased at https://heygrillhey.com/store/


Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 1831mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 43.6mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 4.1mg