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Barbecued Shrimp with Cheese Grits

Prep Time:20 Minutes
Cook Time:30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

This shrimp and grits is served with a homemade bbq sauce for a different spin on a classic.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 3/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup old-fashioned grits
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  • 1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the ketchup, bourbon, cider vinegar, molasses, honey, Tabasco, thyme and cayenne. Simmer over low heat, until thickened, about 40 minutes. Transfer the barbecue sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour 1/3 cup of the sauce into a small bowl and reserve the rest.
  • 2. Season the shrimp with salt and baking soda at least an hour ahead of time.
  • 3. Preheat the Egg to 450ºF with cast-iron grate for direct heat.
  • 4. In a dutch oven, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the garlic and slowly stir in the grits. Reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring frequently, until the grits are tender, 20 minutes. Remove the dutch oven from the heat and stir in the cheese, butter and cream. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
  • 5. Grill the shrimp turning once, until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve with cheese grits and the barbecue sauce.

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