Two 2-pound live Dungeness crabs (see kitchen note below)
This spicy crab dinner is guaranteed to make a mess, so cover the table with old newspapers, set out finger bowls, and line up some cold beers. Buying fresh crabs may be a bit of a production, depending on where you live, and you may need to preorder them. Big beautiful Dungeness crabs from the West Coast are my preference, but you can substitute whatever kinds of live crabs are available near you, increasing the quantity accordingly if your local variety is smaller in size. Either way, oh, what a party. If you can only find whole crabs that are already cooked, just skip the first step of plunging them in boiling water to cook.