Shrimp were on sale at East Gloucester Stop and Shop and I was in the mood for something light after smashing down a decadent steak sandwich for lunch.
Kate whipped up a salad and I was in charge of the shrimp.
One of the things about grilling shrimp is you want them pretty dry like the way you want chicken so you can get that char on the outside without drying out the inside.
So I treat them the same way patting the meat (shrimp) dry with a paper towel while preparing the marinade.
The marinade? Very simple- a half a stick of buttah melted in the microwave, a couple of turns of EVOO, salt, pepper and three heads of minced garlic.
Mixed the marinade ingredients together and tossed the patted down shrimp in to soak for a bit.
Grill on high to preheat, grates seasoned with cooking spray and then to skewer the shrimp.
I like to raft the meat so it doesn’t spin on the skewers. This way when you flip them they flip all at once.
On Kate’s she asked for the Paul Prudhomme Blackened Fish Rub. I went with the McKormick’s Gruillmates Mesquite.
The Weber Q1200 is perfect for getting home from work and wanting to do a quick cook.
A couple of minutes per side and a garlic butter mop on each turn to keep them moist is all it took.
Kate mixed up a fantastic salad. I dressed it with Briannas Home Style Dressings Blush Wine Vinaigrette.
This is the seasoning we used for Kate’s –
Purchase here-Magic Seasoning, Blackened Redfish Magic 24 oz
And my new go-to McCormick Grill Mates Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning, 24 oz
Keep It Simple Stupid.
So often we get caught up in complex recipes with a million ingredients when some of the best things are simple to make with just a few.
Shrimp peeled and deveined. Swathed in butter and minced garlic.
A half a chimney of charcoal spread evenly on the bottom of the charcoal grate.
A turn or two and when the grill flares up from the dripping butter close it to snuff out the flames. Easy Peasy lemon Squeezy. 5 minutes prep time 5 minutes cook time.
First up I’m going to split up a pound of bacon into thirds and will set up the STOK Drum for offset smoking around 225 degrees for about an hour. I started my coals and pushed them to one side of the grill and tossed a hunk of apple wood on for smoke. The bacon is placed on the opposite side of the grate from the charcoal. The idea is to partially cook the bacon because the shrimp will cook quickly and we want the bacon to finish around the same time once they are wrapped so the shrimp don’t dry out and get rubbery.
While the bacon is smoking put the wooden skewers we’ll be using in water so they don’t burn up once they’re on the grill. You’ll want to soak them for at least 20 minutes.
The STOK Drum is chugging along holding at 225 with the top and bottom vents about half way closed.
About 45 minutes into the smoking of the bacon I’ve decided it’s partially cooked enough and I decide to pull them off and start prepping the shrimp.
U12 shrimp about to be deveined, leaving the tail on.
Getting ready to stuff em and wrap em!
The shimp butterflied and stufed with three cheese blend and a jalepeno spear-
All Prepped and ready to hit the grill
Added to the grill opposite side of coals
Once the bacon browns up a little baste with favorite bar b que sauce and place over the coals for a minute to let that sauce glaze up but be sure not to leave on too long or the sugars will burn. then baste the other side and flip, a minute or two on the other side and they’re ready!
Holy Frickin Cannoli Batman!
We also grilled up some russet potato wedges after par-boiling them patting them dry and tossing them in olive oil, Atlantic Saltworks Coarse Salt and black pepper. they come out crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside-