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Barbecued Smoked Shrimp
Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 15 Minutes
- 2 pounds peeled, deveined jumbo shrimp, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Barbecue Sauce:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 scallions trimmed, white and green parts thinly sliced crosswise (keep white and green parts separate)
- 1/ 4 cup cognac
- 1/ 4 cup beer
- 1/ 4 cup favorite barbecue sauce
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, +more to taste
- 1/ 3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
- salt and pepper
- Hickory or other smoking wood
Place the shrimp in a large bowl, sprinkle with Cajun seasoning, and stir to mix. Stir in the butter.
Set up the Nordic Ware smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using 2 tablespoons of hickory sawdust to generate smoke. Arrange the shrimp on the smoker rack. Smoke over medium heat until cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the scallion greens, then add the remaining scallions to the skillet and sauté, stirring with a wooden spoon, until just beginning to brown, 3 minutes. Add the cognac and beer and boil until reduced by half. Add the barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and brown sugar, and boil for 1 minute. Add the cream, the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and the hot sauce and boil until thick and richly flavored, 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and more sugar if a sweeter sauce is desired; the sauce should be highly seasoned.
Transfer the smoked shrimp from the smoker to the pan with the barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with the reserved scallion greens. Serve with grilled bread.
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