New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp
Barbecue Shrimp is a classic New Orleans staple, created at Pascal’s Manale restaurant. It is essentially a dish of butter-poached shrimp with a lot of black pepper and some Creole seasonings. That being said, the name of this dish is quite a misnomer, as anyone who puts BBQ sauce on or near this dish should be sent packing. This is super easy to prepare, and my version REQUIRES Abita Amber beer, one of the best I have found for cooking. If you can’t get it though, feel free to substitute a tasty amber lager craft brew. The seasonings are estimated because I really measure with my eyes.
- 1 pound Shrimp (heads still on)
- 1/2 pound Butter (2 Sticks)
- 1/2 large White or yellow Onion (small dice)
- 4 cloves Garlic (peeled and minced)
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Bottle Abita Amber Beer (or any good craft brew amber lager)
- 1 lemon Juiced
- Garlic powder
- Coarse Kosher Salt
- Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- CajunLand Crab/Shrimp Boil (Powdered), or Cajun seasoning
- Lay shrimp in one layer in a large Pyrex baking dish, sprinkle with kosher salt and grind a LOT of black pepper
- In a large saucepan, melt a bit of butter and sauté onion until translucent, then add garlic for a few minutes, then the two sticks of butter.
- When butter has liquefied, add each seasoning while stirring – garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, crab boil, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Add the olive oil, squeeze in the lemon, stir, and then add about half of a bottle of beer (6-8 oz.). It may foam up, so watch your heat on the stove.
- Keep stirring; drink the rest of the beer.
- When the foam from the beer subsides, pour the sauce over the shrimp in the baking dish; make sure the shrimp are covered by the sauce (or nearly covered).
- Place in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, stir, then another 5 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and cooked.
- Remove from oven and let rest for at least five to ten minutes.
- Serve in a bowl with lots of sauce and pieces of po-boy bread for dipping.
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