About Big T Coastal Provisions
Real seafood from real coastal folk
No doubt about it, you share a treasured Southern family recipe and you best not show your face at the next family affair! So rather than spill the secret ingredients to an inherited recipe, Sullivan's Island, SC native Tony Blanchard took what he knows best – seafood (he's owned both a wholesale seafood market as well as a local clam farm), and went about perfecting a recipe that’s been in his family for generations.
Finally, after years of talking about it, Tony and wife Tracy ('little t') decided to bring to market the family’s entertaining jewel: crab dip … real crab dip … the kind that works equally well next to your sterling silver as it does alongside a cooler of longnecks.
Tony (Big T's namesake) is no little guy … so it only seemed natural to call it Big T's crab dip as so many friends through the years have done. Maybe it's all the wild caught crab, maybe it’s the perfect combination of rich cheeses and signature spices, or maybe it's the fact that eating that imitation "krab" stuff is just not right.
With lots of crab dip love from shoppers, food writers and retailers alike, Big T (and little) set out to create more recipes anchored on the freshest seafood. Along came their distinctly delicious recipes for Jalapeño Crab Dip and Shrimp Dip (now available!).
One thing's for sure: this is love at first bite … we're betting you'll agree these are the finest seafood dips you’ve ever tasted: real seafood from real coastal folk!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Where can I find Big T products?
To find Big T Coastal Provisions products, check Publix, Harris Teeter, Ingles and Lowes Foods stores in the Southeast US and Giant and Martin's in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. If we’re not sold in your area, we’ll gladly ship it out to you: simply click here to order. And, if you’d like to see Big T in a store near you, please complete our retailer request form and hand it over to the customer service desk or seafood department manager … we appreciate your spreading the Big T love!
What makes your products different than others out there?
First, our products are from tried and true family recipes that we've enjoyed for generations. And we use only the highest quality ingredients; what you would use in your own kitchen! But, the beauty is that you can purchase and enjoy Big T products without all the fuss … we’ve made it easy for you!
What's up with "KRAB"?
Big T Coastal Provisions Crab Dip is made with 100% REAL crab! We only use wild caught blue crab claw meat in our products. You will never find any "krab" product in our dips because that's just not crab! It's the REAL crab meat that makes the difference and we pledge to always use the real thing!
How do I serve Big T Coastal Provisions products?
Crack them open and enjoy! Our products are ready to eat when you bring them home. But, if you’re like us, you'll enjoy using the dips in different ways. We’ve made that easy for you too! Click here for recipes that incorporate our products and make them even more versatile.
Are your products Gluten Free?
Yes! Big T Coastal Provisions Crab Dip (original and jalapeño) along with our Shrimp Dip are all gluten free.
What is the shelf life of Big T Coastal Provisions Dips?
A "use by" date is printed on every container lid. Once opened, you can reseal and continue to enjoy it until the use by date. We recommend resealing the container by removing as much air (press firmly on the lid while closing) as possible. But honestly, most folks tell us our dips are usually enjoyed in one sitting!
Can I buy online and how do you keep products fresh when shipping?
Yes, we've recently launched our online store here and we're glad to ship direct to you! To maintain our high quality standards and ensure your order is fresh upon arrival, we ship in insulated shipping boxes with refrigerated gel packs. Shipping options include either Express Overnight or Express Two Day service. Given the resources required to preserve perishable seafood products, we are continually working with our delivery partners to ensure the highest quality and safety standards at the most reasonable delivery rates.
What’s next for the folks at Big T?
We are in the kitchen preparing meals for our family everyday. By doing so, we are always experimenting and dreaming up new recipes. Stay tuned for new products we already have in mind! And let us know what you would like to see, we're all ears!
Just bought your crab dip for the first time. I used the recipe on your site for stuffed mushrooms. We loved it!
This dip seems to be the nectar of the gods. We go through 6 containers on each leg of the tour and we wipe them out! We are spreading the word in every city!
Already hooked on the crab dip … but shrimp dip might be better!
I am hooked!
What goes better with a weekend than Big T? Sooooo good!
Your dip is so fresh and light, just the right spiciness … it is delicious! YUM! I spent my childhood summers catching crabs under the draw bridge at Topsail Island, NC. Can't thank you enough for what you are doing. Not just for the product you prepare but for keeping alive a small bit of our Mid Atlantic, Southern culture …P. McDonough, Concord, NCI have lived at or around the Apalachicola Bay/St. Marks inlet my whole life and make my own crab dip ... I'm impressed!D. Irwin, Apalachicola, FLI happened upon Big T Crab Dip at Harris Teeter … seeing that it is CRAB, not KRAB, I bought it. Better than homemade because all I had to do was open the container. I'll buy more and spread the word. Delicious!L. Edgle, Troutman, SCIt's phenomenal and it can be played off as your grandmother's recipe in a pretty bowl!C. Leavy, Athens, GAI was given a gift of Big T crab dip and yours is the first I have found to be the best! I am from the northern neck of Virginia and spent many years making my own dip from fresh Rappahannock River grown crabs.J. Craig, Gastonia, NCI polished it off in one sit down! Good stuff!S. Meade, London, OHAs someone who grew up in Maryland with Maryland blue crabs, this is a gem! Thanks for sharing the family recipe!C. Hanburder, Apex, NCHomemade grits mixed with a container of Big T crab dip is UNREAL!C. Lily, Florence, SCBrought it to a party last week and it received rave reviews everywhere! And this, from a Chesapeake Bay gal!M. Hafner, Fenwick, DEWonderful … and gluten free!S. Lucas, Charlotte, NC
Rave reviews ...
With rave reviews from coast to coast, we're thrilled folks are discovering and enjoying Big T Coastal Provisions dips.
In addition to participating in many local and regional events, we greatly appreciate the attention of food writers, bloggers and recipe enthusiasts. All of this means a growing Big T fan base helping us spread the good word about our tasty products. A few of the places we've been featured include:
• Southern Living
• The Southern Coterie
• Garden & Gun Southern Pantry
• The Local Palette
• The Scout Guide
• skirt! Local Loves
• Charleston Post & Courier
• Charleston Regional Business Journal
• Les Dames D'Escoffie
• Asheville Food & Wine Festival
• Southern "C" Summit
• Charlotte Observer
• BB&T Wine & Food Festival
• Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
• SC Specialty Foods Association Buyer's Market
• Numerous Retailer Tastings