It has been written that shrimp is the most popular seafood in the world. And no wonder, there are so many ways to prepare it. BBQ shrimp is one of our favorite ways to enjoy shrimp. It’s quick, easy and tastes wonderful.
You don’t have to cook BBQ shrimp on the grill. In fact, the diehards in Louisiana claim that their famous BBQ shrimp never touches a grill. Our preference is to use the grill because of the smoke flavor.
When buying shrimp buy fresh if at all possible. However, if you are land locked, this may not be practical. We buy frozen jumbo shrimp that has been pealed and de-veined . Our preference is to buy uncooked shrimp but cooked shrimp works just as well.
You can defrost the shrimp buy placing them in a colander and soaking in cold water for about 5 minutes. For the quantity, a rule of thumb is about 1 pound equals three servings.
For skewers, we use a flat metal blade as opposed to a round blade because the food seems to adhere better and not turn. If you use wooden skewers, be sure you soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. To skewer shrimp, insert the blade into the large part of the body and then thru the tail. This seems to hold them securely.
For the BBQ sauce, some prefer to mix it ahead of time and marinate the shrimp for an hour or more. The other alternative is to brush on the sauce as the shrimp is cooking. We have tried both methods and like each one equally well. If you don’t have the time to mix a marinade or BBQ sauce, you can use store bought like Sweet Baby Ray which is reasonable and very good.
As for the grill, we use the Big Green Egg and set the temperature to between 300 and 350 degrees. For gas grills, set the temperature to medium. Place the shrimp on the grill and brush with the BBQ sauce. Cook 3 or 4 minutes and then turn them over and brush that side. Cook for another several minutes and you are done!