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Smokey Joe's Crab Dip

Jul 01, 2014 09:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Kimberly Cooper // Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.

Smokey Joe’s Grill
at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
4160 Mears Avenue,
Chesapeake Beach
410-257-2427 or 301-855-3089

When hungry diners seek delicious barbeque, fresh seafood, and a family-friendly atmosphere, Smokey Joe’s Grill in Chesapeake Beach is a great option. Executive Chef George Jones, a true Southerner at heart, pours his own heart and soul into the dishes he creates and serves for the restaurant. Using fresh and local ingredients, he serves tasty dishes that please every type of palate. Here, Chef Jones shares with us his Southern hospitality, his views on local ingredients, and his recipe for warm, delicious crab dip.

How often is the menu changed for the restaurant?
We offer a bi-monthly special that tastes great and has a great value. We also offer daily specials. 

How do you keep the atmosphere at Smokey Joe’s fun and family-friendly while still maintaining quality food and dining?
We’re lucky to have a great staff. They’re the ones that make it happen.

What do you consider to be more important: local ingredients or organic ingredients?
We use local ingredients when available. You can’t beat Chesapeake Bay crabmeat and Southern Maryland tomatoes.

What is the most requested menu item at Smokey Joe’s?
We sell a lot of wings. We use the biggest wings around.

As a chef, where do you find inspiration for dishes you create?
I was raised in South Carolina, so I love pig feet and gumbo, which not many places sell.

How did this dish originate? 
It’s an original recipe from when Smokey Joe’s started out.

What wine or drink pairs best?
Ice cold beer.

What is the most important step when cooking it?
Making sure the breading doesn’t fall off when cooking it.


Smokey Joe’s Crab Dip

3 lbs of cream cheese
6 oz of Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 oz Worcestershire sauce
1.5 oz of horseradish
1/2 cup milk
1 oz Old Bay seasoning
1/4 cup minced onion
1 lb crabmeat

Mix all ingredients except crabmeat and whisk together. Then gently fold in crabmeat. Scoop mixture into a bread bowl and bake at 350 degrees until Crab Dip is hot (about 30–45 minutes). Serve immediately.