Written by adam on Mar 27, 2007
Shrimp on the Barbie
If you have the apparatus, I highly suggest tossing some shrimp on the grill. Most recipes and sites will tell you to skewer your shrimp kebab style, but that is just so much work when you want to eat a quick grilled meal. The only problem is that most grills' grates are spaced too far apart to toss shrimp on. Much of your seafood bounty would die a horrible horrible carbonized death over the coals. So if you have the means, get yourself a Topper, that is, some sort of device that will go on top of your grill's grate to keep smaller foods from slipping through the cracks. The one in the picture is the topper that my Father-in-law owns from his original grill. Modern toppers look like this one to the right. They are sometimes just called Toppers, but often called a grill Wok.
I'll let you in on a little secret about these shrimp. They are the "Easy Peel" variety. The fishmonger has sent them through a machine that cracks the shell, and deveins them. All you have to do is peel off the shell and plop them in a bowl.
- 1.5 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined.
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 Tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/4 Tsp. Black pepper
In a bowl, toss the peeled shrimp with the salt and pepper. In another bowl, mix the BBQ sauce with a few ounces of warm water to make it thin. I like to do this so that coating the shrimp on the grill is easier.
Fire your grill up for direct heat cooking ... equivalent to medium heat. After the grill warms up, put down your grill topper and let that heat up for a few minutes. Brush the topper with canola oil for lubrication.
Lay the shrimp down in a single layer and let them cook for about 30-45 seconds before you start turning them. I like to use a large spatula and just toss them as if I were cooking on a griddle. The shrimp will only need 3-5 minutes of cooking. Toss them around once a minute and then brush on the thinned out barbeque sauce. Remove from the grill when done.
Responses to "Shrimp on the Barbie" ...
Thanks Jia! 'Tis the time of year for grilling. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.
Marinate the shrimp in italian salad dressing is a good substitution for barbecue sauce