Cheater’s Barbeque Garlic Shrimp and a Cookbook Contest!

Here comes another fun contest, everybody…but first you have to live through the story, because you KNOW there is always a story with me.

Ah, barbeque. It’s one of the Southern husband’s reasons for living, and to be perfectly honest, he is always absolutely cheerful about going outside in any sort of weather to fire up the old grill. Ten inches of snow on the ground? No problem whatsover…he’s out there, and with a big barbeque anticipation smile on his handsome face. However, I myself always feel just slightly guilty for sending him out into the elements, which is why I was so glad to hear about this book.

That’s right — barbeque WITHOUT the barbeque grill. It sounded too good to be true, especially to someone who lives with a man who practically drives off the road every time we pass a sign that has the words “Pit” and BBQ” on it. (BBQ is a word, right? For right now, let’s say that it is.) So I started cruising through the book to see what the possibilities were, and along with all the ribs and burgers and pulled pork and chicken and dry rubs, there it was.
Barbeque Garlic Shrimp.

Now for any of you folks who love New Orleans as much as we do, there is a place there called Pascale’s Manale. You take the New Orleans streetcars to get there, and it is always jam-packed, so you wait for your table at the bar, eating raw oysters and drinking ice cold Dixie beer until your table is ready…and when you sit down you order their famous barbeque shrimp, which is spicy and tangy and perfect. The Southern husband and I have eaten more than our fair share of BBQ shrimp there (chased by more than our fair share of ice-cold Dixie) and so when I saw this recipe I had to give it a go.

Oh yes. Just as wonderful as I remember. Use big shrimp, fresh lemon juice and the best butter you can find. I like Kate’s Homemade Butter, which you can get at Whole Foods, and no, not just because of the name, although that is probably why I picked it up in the first place. don’tbe frightened by the liquid smoke – you can find it right next to the barbeque sauce in your supermarket, or if you want to get really fancy you can also get it at Williams Sonoma. Make sure you have some really nice fresh crusty bread to mop up the sauce. And if you have any Dixie beer on hand, not only should you drink it with dinner, but you should call me up right now and invite me over.

So now I have your attention, right? Good, because I have a couple of these awesome cookbooks to give away to any of you interested in doing a little barbeque cheating on your own. Just leave me a comment below telling me your own favorite thing to make on the grill and you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for your very own copy. (For my email subscribers — click on the title of this post and it will take you to the website where you can leave your comment.) I’ll announce the very lucky barbeque-loving winners on Saturday, January 9. Until then, here’s another look at the deliciousness, and then the recipe. YUM!!


Cheater’s Barbeque Garlic Shrimp and a Cookbook Contest!
Serves: 6 servings
  • ¼ cup bottled smoke
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves,, minced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh bread for serving
  1. Combine 1 quart cold water, the bottled smoke and the salt in large bowl. Stir to dissolve the salt.
  2. Add shrimp to the bowl, cover and chill for 30 minutes. Drain, pat the shrimp dry and discard the brine.
  3. While brining the shrimp, combine all the remaining ingredients except the bread in a small bowl.
  4. Toss the shrimp with the sauce.
  5. Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over high heat until piping hot. Add shrimp and sauce to pot at cook until pink and opaque, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Serve at once with sauce and fresh bread on the side.


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  1. danger says

    It seems weird to want a BBQ Cheater cookbook this badly — I live in Memphis and grew up just outside of New Orleans, shouldn't this stuff be in my blood?

    Incidentally, bbq shrimp is my favorite grilled food – as long as someone else is cooking it!

  2. Calamity Anne says

    You're making me decide one thing that I love more than anything else from the grill…¡Ay, caramba!…that would have to be grilled lobster tail, basted while grilling with melted butter!!! My chops are watering as I type this!

  3. Kate says

    This is a tough one to narrow down…I have to say slow cooked pork for pulled pork sandwiches. I don't get it very often but when I do the stars align and their is a hum in the air!

  4. Andrea says

    Our favorite thing to fix on the grill is the fixin's for fajitas! Chicken and beef! We live in Texas where it can be 70 degrees on Christmas Eve…we grilled outside that day one year and yep, that's what we made, fajitas!

  5. Patisseriemonkey says

    I too am a Southern Man and love BBQ. I love BBq-ing hamburgers mostly cause you can change them up so easily. Garlic, onions, jalapenos, etc. Whatever you want.

  6. scrambledhenfruit says

    It's really hard to decide, but I think it might have to be steak. Now I'm wanting one but it's been too cold and windy for even my die-hard griller hubbie to go outside long enough to cook on the grill!

  7. Grace says

    i think the grill improves any number of foods–i'm almost to the point where if my burger isn't grilled, i don't really want it. however, my favorite thing to grill, the foodstuff that improves most of all with some char and smoke, is CORN ON THE COB. yum. :)

  8. Anu says

    I like grilling veggie kabobs that are brushed with a marinade. they get all charred and smoky and are wonderful over rice.

  9. Speller128 says

    For an easy "adults only" dessert, I soak fresh pineapple slices in Meyer's Dark Rum for an afternoon, then grill them. You have to stand over them, turning frequently, and when they begin to caramelize place them atop some really rich vanilla ice cream. Truly yummy!

  10. eldora says

    Having been born and raised in Memphis, BBQ is in my blood. My favorite thing to grill would have to be shrimp. Shrimp is always a crowd pleaser and so quick & simple. Love your blog!

  11. pamm says

    I love to grill pizza on the grill along with everything and anything else. Food on the grill is just that good.

  12. Laurel says

    Great recipe. When we grill for a special occasion, it's always Beef Sates from Steve Raichlen's book, How to Grill. The skewers are delicious plain or served with peanut sauce and cucumber relish. Adding grilled corn on the cob makes it a stellar meal.

  13. Danielle says

    I love grilled corn on the cob– not just because it tastes great, but because to me it is quintessential summer on a stick.

  14. Photogramommy says

    I would have to say that hamburgers on the grill is probably my favorite meal…they just can't be beat.

  15. biz319 says

    I need to make this ASAP! I am assuming that bottled smoke is the same as liquid smoke??

    And lots of bread would be required to sop up the spicy sauce!

  16. Cheryl says

    My favorite thing to make on the grill is homemade pizzas. Once a week, during the summer, we have a family pizza party and movie night. The kids and I made the dough crust and my huband grills it. Then, with the crust piping hot, we gather around the buffet of ingredients and dress our pizza's as we please. Mine is usually mozzarella slices with chopped tomato and basil with a little olive oil and sea salt. Yum.

  17. Suzanne says

    Mt favorite thing to make on the grill is a boneless leg of lamb after marinating in many garlic cloves, soy sauce, and rosemary. Great when my friends come over for dinner (and I usually make a great dessert since that is my favorite thing to cook).

  18. Christi says

    I fix some awesome BBQ shrimp on the grill too…we wrap our shrimp in bacon and then lather them up with homeade BBQ sauce. I can never make enough for my family! I would love to try out some of these recipes…I love cookbooks of all kinds!!

  19. Dawn says

    Right now our grill is covered with snow so not much grilling going on BUT come spring we love our BBQ ribs on the grill.

  20. JudyP says

    My favorite thing to make on the grill is Tuna steaks! My husband making them is my absolute favorite. We also grill all year round.

  21. Freeforged says

    Honey teriyaki grilled salmon is probably my favorite grilled food, but since my apartment complex doesn't allow grills we never get to have it!

  22. Abbe says

    I love the grill! Our family favorite is grilled quesadillas with design your own toppings. My faves are wild mushrooms, potatoes and roasted chilies with a bit of goat cheese. Yum, can't wait until summer!

  23. Susan says

    I would have to say that my favorite is steaks and shrimp….I do enjoy doing veggies on the grill and they are always a big hit.

  24. Zac says

    My current favorite ('til I find something new) is a halved jalapeno, gutted and stuffed with cream cheese, then wrapped with bacon. A little cheddar in the middle is good too!

    Would love the book, but the shrimp will be happening soon either way!!

  25. Jen says

    Right now- my favorite is halved jalapenos, stuffed with neufchatel cheese, topped with a shrimp & wrapped in bacon. Nothing beats a great steak either 😛

  26. oOcallasOo says

    Wow, difficult question…
    One of those very favourite things for me to make on a grill is tuna marinated with some soy-sauce, thyme, honey and pepper and slypped on for short enough to stay rosy inside. Shrimps or salmon cooked in the foil with spices and garlic and a really good (lamb-)steak come in second only by a hairs width.
    Another thing I love cooking -nnot on the grill, but in the embers – are very small new potatoes in the foil. They don't get better than fresh out of the embers and can be eaten with anything, although I'm very partial to eating them with goats cheese and smoked salmon or prosciutto and fresh herbs…

  27. BettyBeBop says

    I guess I am a traditionalist. Nothing better than burgers on the grill!! But I have gotten some wonderful ideas here to try. But first, my stove top is going to see that shrimp. YUMM!!!!!

  28. Tiffany @ National Cookie Network says

    Favorite grill item is veggies and pineapple!

    Now for a question… I've heard of liquid smoke, but what exactly is it? What's it made out of?


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