BBQ Shrimp Recipe

A BBQ shrimp recipe that is quick and easy is to grill them on skewers.

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Shrimp can be cooked in a number of ways. I think grilling, though, gives them the best flavor. Sometimes preparation can be time consuming, but the cooking time is always quick.

As I sit here writing this, there are carpet installers working all around me, here in my home. I have found out, by observing, that laying carpet is a lot like cooking shrimp. The preparation time is long, compared to the actual laying of the carpet (or cooking of the BBQ shrimp recipe in our case).

When I grill shrimp I like for them (the tails) to be peeled and deveined. Again, this is my personal preference. Some people leave the shell on, while others cook the whole shrimp.

You say by choosing to use peeled and deveined shrimp, I have created a lot of extra preparation time? Yeah..... I guess you're right. But that's the way I like to eat them off of the grill, so I am willing to prep a little longer for that luxury.

If you don't want to go to all the trouble of peeling and deveining, that's OK. You can grill them in the shell (But, then you would have to shell them at the table before you eat them). Or you can buy them already shelled and deveined. See, if you don't like something, there's almost always a way around it.

Once the shrimp are prepared and ready, place them on skewers. Sometimes metal skewers can leave a funny taste behind, so you may want to use wooden or bamboo skewers instead.

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If you do use wood, though, think about placing a small piece of foil under the handle ends of the skewers while grilling. This will keep them from burning.

I usually spear the shrimp twice with the skewer so it won't have a tendency to spin when turning. I then use my standard garlic salt and butter brushed over the shrimp. A few minutes on each side on a hot grill, makes for one good BBQ shrimp recipe.

Lemon juice or lime juice work very well with shrimp as the base for a marinade. Try just use a little lime juice for flavor while cooking, or lemon juice just before eating. Citrus seems to go well with seafood, no matter when or how you use it.

Here is my favorite BBQ shrimp recipe

12 Fresh Jumbo Shrimp (peeled and deveined, of course)
2 jalapeño peppers (cleaned and cut into strips)
6 pieces bacon (cut in half)

Place a strip of jalapeño in the open space (where the vein was) of the shrimp. Wrap the shrimp and jalapeño with the bacon to hold it all together. Skewer the bacon wrapped shrimp to hold the bacon in place.

For this recipe, you can use a skewer for each shrimp or put several on one skewer.

Grill until done, just a few minutes per side.

These are great just as they are, but you may want to add some extra seasoning, too. Be creative. Try some Cajun spices on the shrimp before assembly, or maybe some cilantro, lime and salt.

This is a great one to experiment with. Get another drink and try again.Happy grilling.


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