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Those Crusty Crustaceans BBQ

By mattmlstd, Feb 19, 2014 | |
  1. Succulent shrimp is a favorite on tables from the most expensive restaurant to the backyard BBQ. By far, these little creatures are the favorite of all the edible crustaceans. They come in a variety of sizes and are found wandering the bottoms of oceans and rivers worldwide. 

    There are just as many ways to cook shrimp as there are places to capture them in the wild.

    Before enjoying a plate of perfectly seasoned shrimp, you have to decide how you are going to cook them. That will determine how you will buy them. Shrimp comes headless and prepackaged in both raw and cooked form. Most seafood shops carry both prepackaged and raw shrimp sold by the pound.

    If you are going to be adding them to soups, salads, cocktails or stir fry, you can buy them prepackaged and cooked. They are ready to drop into your favorite dish. These shrimp will be deveined and peeled. You only need to wash them and eat them. 

    If you are cooking or barbecuing them, you will want to buy raw shrimp. It is up to you whether you want to peel them or buy them already peeled. This means the hard shell and the feet have been removed. There may or may not be a vein, which needs to be removed before cooking. You only need to wash these shrimp before cooking them. 

    A quick way to serve shrimp is to put them in a pan with butter and a seasoning like Old Bay. Broil them for a few minutes then flip them over and finish broiling them until they are pink and plump. This takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. These are delicious with a steak that has been cooked on the grill. 

    Shrimp can also be grilled. If you decide to grill your shrimp, you will want to buy them unpeeled and leave them in the shell when you put them on the grill. It only takes a couple of minutes to grill shrimp. Use a high heat and watch them closely. It does not take much to overcook a shrimp. Two minutes on each side should be sufficient to grill them to a plump and pink appearance. The shrimp will pick up the smoky taste from the charcoal. This is a traditional barbecue taste that fans of barbecue crave.

    You can dip them in a dipping sauce, like a Thai sauce. If you are a fan of Thai food, you will love the combination of lime, cilantro, chilies and cloves in this recipe.

    You do not need an elaborate setup to enjoy barbecuing. Since most food benefits from being cooked on the grill, you may find that your favorite food has a remarkably different taste once it has been cooked over heated coals. Outdoor BBQs can be as simple as a tabletop model or an entire cooking station.

    Barbecuing food makes it tender and succulent due to the slow cooking process that is a natural by-product of using charcoal to heat the meat. The meat is leaner since the fat has a chance to drip out as it cooks. 

    No matter how you like your shrimp, they are well suited as an appetizer, side dish or main dish. That is why you see them at different banquet affairs. What is your favorite way to prepare shrimps

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