When it comes to a summer crab cracking, there are a few culinary essentials you need in order to keep the festivities running smoothly. Being short a few mallets or running out of beer can put a damper on even liveliest shindig. The solution? Plan ahead, get your condiments right, and whatever you do, don’t forget the Old Bay.
A 6-pack of easy-drinking beerFlying Dog Brewery Dead Rise; various locations and prices at flyingdogbrewery.com.
…plus a growler full of something stout-erShine Vessel Co 64oz Wander and Rumble Growler; 59.99 at shinevessels.com.
A crab malletSalisbury Fine Metal Artisans Crab Mallet; $12.50 at salisburyinc.net.
Some classic seasoningOld Bay Seasoning; various locations and prices at oldbay.com.
A get-your-hands-dirty apronNorth End Bag Co. Waxed Apron; $90 at northendbagcompany.com.
Serving and side dishes (preferably themed)Le Creuset Sweet Corn Dish; $12 at lecreuset.com.
Marinades, sauces, and condimentsTessemae’s Savor Summer Grill Pack; $39 at tessemaes.com.
A workhorse coolerYeti Tundra 35; $299.99 at yeticoolers.com.
And lastly, a nip of something strongerOne Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey; Flask from $16-$24 at oneeightdistilling.com.